Bicycle Handlebar Grip Change-out

Introduction: Bicycle Handlebar Grip Change-out

Living in the city I ride my bike often and want to have more stable grips while navigating the traffic. I used this procedure on an old bike and thought I would share my tips.

Step 1: Supplies

1. Allen wrench
2. Canned Air
3. New Grips
4. Hairspray

Step 2: Getting Ready to Remove Old Grips.

Loosen shifter/brake levers and more out of the way, allowing access to the inner ends of the grips.

Step 3: Remove the Old Grips

Slip the nozzle of the air canister under the grip. It can be a little tricky if the grips are tight to the handlebars. If you pinch the edge you can create a gap large enough to slip the nozzle in. While spraying air under the grips rotate and pull on the grips off the end of the handle bars. The air will create a small cushion of air separating the handlebars and the grip.

Step 4: Installing the New Grips.

Using a strong super ultra mega hold hairspray(I used an "8" on the Suave scale), spray the handlebar and inside the grip. Slide the grips on until the outer end of the grips are even with the outer end of the handlebars. The hairspray will act first as a lubricant, then as glue when it dries.

Step 5: Finishing Up.

Add end caps to the handle bars, reposition the shift/brake lever, and let sit to dry. Then enjoy a safer ride!!

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    7 Discussions


    10 years ago on Step 3

    As for a lubricant on removal,we just use a small amount of water on the gap,and twist,,,


    11 years ago on Step 3

    I use rubbing alcohol to remove the grips from my motorcycle. You need one bamboo skewer, or a knitting needle. Shove the skewer/needle under the grip all the way, making sure you dont puncture the grip if you are planning to reuse it. Then pour some alcohol in the gap between bar and grip (you can even pour over the skewer, as alcohol has a very low surface tension/low viscosity, it seeps into whatever crack it finds).

    Once there is alcohol there, twist the grip back and forth a bit to spread it over the whole circumference of the bar, and then enjoy the smooth sensation of frictionless grip removal ;)

    One more note, if you don't care about the grip, just cut the bugger out.


    11 years ago on Step 4

    I use rubbing alcohol for slipping them back in. It's as slick, and leaves no residues. Dries out in 24h, then perfect.


    11 years ago on Introduction

    I have a similar but different way of this, I just use WD-40, instead of air and hairspray, I use a icepick to pull up the grip a lil' bit, then slip the WD 40 in take the grip off, take a paper towel wipe off excess WD-40 slip the other grip on, and the WD-40 normally dries up fast so the bike is ready to ride immediately.

    Loosening the levers is a PITA and the air trick wont work if you used hairspray on the last set of grips. Its easier to just cut the grips off. I ride dirtbikes and have to replace grips a lot. My preferred method is to slip the grips on and safety wire them in three places each.


    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    I wanted to save the old grips, and they were hairsprayed on. Though they did not stick well, that is why I chose to upgrade.