Whatever you ride, a proper grip is essential, bike is not different from that. While riding a bike, we mostly depend on the handlebar for the grip. That’s why it’s always useful to check the grip of the handlebar before staring the journey. Or else, the trip would neither be comfortable nor safe. And it’s common that after frequent use for a brief period, certain things need to be changed.
So don’t get worried if your bike’s grip isn’t working fine, because the grip removal and installing new grip is an easy process, and you won’t even have to seek anyone’s help. Many of us keep searching over YouTube for a good solution of this issue. But at first, you need to know how to remove bike handlebar grips. And that’s what we’re going to tell you.
Why removing a bike grip?
Bike grip or bike handlebar grip is the rubber cover that is attached to the handlebar’s portion where we place our hands. It's an important part of a bike that helps us to ride safely. After a while, almost everyone has to replace or remove their bike grip, especially professional and regular bikers. Because the constant use makes the rubber cover or grips dirty and sticky due to the hand sweat, also a perfect grip should stay still on the handlebar, without any movement. But over time, the rubber substance gets enlarged and loosened and the condition of entire grip gets disturbed. As a result, the capacity of a solid grip decreases, and it gets hard to control the bike, especially during commuting over rough terrains.
When you start to face the issues on the handle bars mentioned above or something similar to those, you’ve to know that now it’s time to replace the bike grips because no doing that makes you vulnerable to unwanted situations while riding a bike.
How to remove bicycle handlebar grips?
For making the whole “Removing bike grip” process more comfortable for you, we’re going to introduce you with a few techniques that you can use to do it. You can just choose any one of these based on your convenience.
Each method will require a few different tools, and we will mention them in each section. But two common things you should keep with you while removing the grip.
- A screwdriver (Flathead)
The most common technique of removing a bike grip is using WD-40 lubricant. It’s so universal that the chances of finding it are at your home are very high. Applying a moderate amount of lubricant is enough to take off the grip without any hassle. And to do that, first, place a flat-headed screw driver at the edge of the rubber and lift it. Spray the WD-40 lubricant and spin the grip. You’ll know that the grip became slippery a few moments later, and then you can just pull it off from the handlebar. The only issue you will face that it leaves a bit of oil residue at the handlebar. We’d suggest you use alcohol to wipe that out.
Compressed air is something new when it comes to removing a bike grip. Instead of using lubricants, this method can be used in just the same way. You can also use ball or tire pumps here with a nozzle on its mouth. Place the thin nozzle under the grip and keep pushing air compressor inside the grip. You can also use a flathead screwdriver to make the space for the nozzle. After you inflate the rubber slowly, take it off. Although compressed air won’t work if the rubber cover has any hole or leaks on it. You can use a blower instead of a air compressor as well.
In this method, you can either use dish soap or water or alcohol. But don’t try to apply the alcohol you drink! Here we’re talking about rubbing alcohol. All three of them can be used separately with the same technique. Place a thin screwdriver under the edge of the hand grip. Put some water, dishwasher soap, or rubbing alcohol under, or hairspray there, and keep spinning it. When the grip will become slippery, easily pull off the grip from the bike! In this method you won’t have to worry about any leftovers.
If you find any of the techniques stated above tricky, you can just cut the rubber grip! Yes, you can actually do that, and many people do that, in case you have no intention to reuse the rubber grip in the future. Just use a small cutter or utility knife and carefully cut the grips without hurting your hands or the bike. And you’re done within a few seconds!
Attaching new bike grip
You now know how to remove a bike grip. But only knowing that makes your learning incomplete! Because only removing the grip isn’t enough. You’ve to install another pair of new rubber grips. But don'r worry about the tools. There's no need to gather any must-have appropriate accessory. So here’s the standard method that describes how you can attach new grips to your bike.
Step-1: After removing the old grip, clean the handlebars with rubbing alcohol, water, or liquid soap. Then wipe it off with a dry and clean rug. A clean, dry bar is preferable for new installation.
Step-2: It’s hard to put on new grips to the bike than the removal process. You can either use an air compressor between the handlebar and grips or rubbing alcohol or any other liquid solutions such as soapy water, hairspray to make it slippery. Although don't use denatured alcohol. But remember that if you use rubbing alcohol, let it dry off thoroughly before using the bike for a ride. It may take 1-2hrs.
Step-3: After sliding the grips to the handlebars, spin and push on grips to reach a steady position the way you like and lock them by torque the bolts.
Step-4: Add bar-end plugs on the handlebars. It’ll secure the position on the steadiness of the installed grips even more. Try using hammers to set the bar-end plugs if you feel difficult to do it with your hands. Plug installation is available in any bike shop.
Whether while using, removing, or installing, everything requires a bit of maintenance. So here’re some tips for you to be more cautious or careful.
- If you think of cutting the whole grip, make sure you don’t scratch the handlebars’ metal. Also, be cautious while using a screwdriver to remove the bike grips, so that no holes or leaks occur.
- You can use grip glue or super glue to have a lock on grips. It'll keep the handlebar grips stay on the position for a long time. But don't use excess glue or it'll be tough to remove the grips after a certain period. Also, if you use glue make sure the handlebars doesn't get in contact with hot water while cleaning the bike, or else the glue will come-off.
- Never use oils! Oil damages the color and metal of the handlebar. Also, when the rubber comes in contact with oil, the handlebar surface gets more slippery as oils doesn’t dry-off easily and creates a sticky mess.
- While entering the new grips, don’t push or spin hard. It may damage or create leaks on the grip material.
- Try to wipe out the sweat, water, or dirt from the grips after every ride.
There’s no need to mention how much essential bike handle grips are for a better control. That’s why the moment you see or feel any discrepancy in the gripping function such as slip on grips, try to solve the problem as soon as possible.