Help in removing handlebar grips

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by beatlejuice, 8 May 2010.

  1. beatlejuice

    beatlejuice Gently does it...

    Location:
    Mid Hampshire
    I am swopping my handlebars over today. I am trying to get a pair of rather nice specialized grips off and put them onto a butterfly handlebar. Is there some magic technique to removing them? Currently I am using my favourite tool, namely a large screwdriver and trying to prize them off with little luck. Suggestions welcomed, thanks.
     
  2. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Location:
    Mlehworld
    The one and only decent use for WD40. Spray a little under the grips and they'll slide straight off.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    beatlejuice

    beatlejuice Gently does it...

    Location:
    Mid Hampshire
    Many thanks Steve. Used GT85 and the lefthand one has slipped straight off. Now when I want to put them on again I will need to remove said GT85 with say paper towels etc?
     
  4. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    Hair spray is best for on and off. It evaporates to leave a dry but grippy surface.
     
  5. OP
    OP
    beatlejuice

    beatlejuice Gently does it...

    Location:
    Mid Hampshire
    Grips off fine, now I realise that the new bars have a smaller diameter than the originals. I am now off to my LBS to buy the right sized stem. oh hum.
     
  6. TheDoctor

    TheDoctor Resistance is futile! Moderator

    Location:
    Stevenage
    I'd use a reasonably gentle degreaser to get the WD40 off.
    Some form of alcohol works well - finally a use for the bottle of grappa / ouzo / schapps that you bought in forrin climes and it's been on the shelf untouched for the last 5 years...
     
  7. Globalti

    Globalti Legendary Member

    Dishwash liquid will degrease them.
     
  8. OP
    OP
    beatlejuice

    beatlejuice Gently does it...

    Location:
    Mid Hampshire
    Now I know about oversized handlebars and how to remove grips! Thanks everyone, job done, just going out for a test run. I have just used the foam grips and see how I get on with them. If I don't like them I will cut them short and put the Specialized grips back on.
     
  9. gps315

    gps315 Well-Known Member

    Out of interest, where did you get the butterflies from? Good old Chainreaction doesnt seem to do them.......
     
  10. e-rider

    e-rider crappy member

    Location:
    South West
    +1

    Many people struggle with this job but by using WD40 it's a 2 minute job - I've changed 100s and it's never failed. Use it to put the new ones on too.

    I now use lock-ons on my bikes as they're much better anyway.
     
  11. OP
    OP
    beatlejuice

    beatlejuice Gently does it...

    Location:
    Mid Hampshire
    I got my butterflies from freemanscycles.co.uk. With a pair of foam grips it came to £28.90 inc p & p. Now I have a new adjustable stem I am going to be forever fiddling about to do to get them in the right position!
     
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