How to Install Bike Grips

How to Install Bike Grips
Bicycle grips are subjected to a lot of wear and tear, especially on mountain bikes, and even casual bike owners should expect to replace their grips at least once during the lifetime of their bicycles. Removing and installing new bike grips is a simple procedure with common household tools and supplies.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Standard, flathead screwdriver
  • 5- or 6-mm Allen wrench
  • Air compressor with gun nozzle (optional)
  • WD-40
  • Soap
  • Rag
  • Hair spray
  • Replacement grips
Step 1
Remove the plugs on the end of the handlebars, if your bicycle has them. You may find a screwdriver useful in prying them out.
Step 2
Loosen your brake levers, if any, with a 5-mm or 6-mm Allen wrench, so you have more space to work with.
Step 3
Remove the old grips. There are two popular ways to do this. One is to slide a compressed air nozzle under the grips and blast them loose from the handlebar. The other is to pry the grips up with a screwdriver and lubricate them with WD-40. Whichever method you use, pull the grips off once they are loose.
Step 4
Clean the handlebar with soap and water and then allow it to dry.
Step 5
Spray the bar with hair spray and wiggle the new grip onto the bar before the hair spray dries.
Step 6
Put your brake levers, if any, back into place and re-tighten them with the Allen wrench.

Article Written By Edwin Thomas

Edwin Thomas has been writing since 1997. His work has appeared in various online publications, including The Black Table, Proboxing-Fans and others. A travel blogger, editor and writer, Thomas has traveled from Argentina to Vietnam in pursuit of stories. He holds a Master of Arts in international affairs from American University.

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