How to Remove Bike Handlebar Grips

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In this post, we’ll show you how to remove bike handlebar grips. This is a simple task that only takes a few minutes, but it’s important to do it properly so that you don’t damage your bike.

Cyclists use handlebar grips to better grip the bar, helping them steer and brake more easily. In general, bike grips are composed of a rubberized material stretched over the metal handlebar. These grips can get worn out or damaged throughout use and may need to be replaced. When it is time for new handlebar grips, the old ones must be removed. This can be done by following a simple process, outlined below.

1. How to Remove Bike Handlebar Grips using WD-40

1) Apply some WD-40 to the inner end of the grip (the end closest to the bike). Use an entire pump of spray. This will allow easier removal later.

2) Place a rag or cloth around the grip. This will protect your hands from being pinched when you remove the grips.

3) Work a flat head screwdriver in between the inside of the grip and handlebar, where there is a gap in the rubberized material. Pry up gently using even pressure in all directions to break the grip from the handlebar.

4) Work the screwdriver around the entire circumference of the grip, prying it away from the handlebar as you go. Eventually, when enough is removed, you will be able to pull the grip off by hand.

5) If your grips are especially dirty or worn out, use a cloth or rag dipped in WD-40 to wipe down the handlebar.

6) Use an alcohol solution to clean the end of the handlebars before you place a new grip on them. This will help ensure that there is maximum adhesion between your new grip and your bike.

7) To replace a grip, wrap it around a few times and push it back on the metal bar. Push a flat object, such as a screwdriver, against your new grip and your handlebar where the gap in the grip is. This will ensure that there is enough pressure applied to create a strong bond between new rubberized material and old metal.

8) In general, apply firm pressure to re-seat the grip. Some grips may need extra WD-40 for better adhesion, but do not overuse this product as it can damage your bike’s paint job with prolonged use.

9) Continue to push down on the grip until you hear a slight hissing noise, which means that there is no more air between your new rubberized material and the metal handlebar. This will ensure maximum adhesion between your new grip and bike.

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2. How to Remove Handlebar Grips using Dish Soap and Water

With a little dish soap and water, you can get your old grips off and put any new ones on in no time flat! Here’s how:

1) Place a wet rag over the grip that you’re removing. The water keeps it from getting too slippery, which makes the process easier.

2) Place your fingers on top of the grip and your thumbs underneath it. This will give you leverage to get the grip off.

3) Pull up with both hands at once while wiggling or twisting the grips side-to-side until they are removed. It may take a few tries, but they will eventually come off.

Handle Bar Grip

4) Take the rag off of the handlebars and then run it along with any adhesive that may be left behind to remove it. You can use dish soap for this task.

5) Spray or rub some dish soap on your new grips if you are installing them. The grip should slide onto the handlebars without a problem.

6) Put any grips on the handlebars and you’re all set! It’s a good idea to clean or dry your grips from time to time using rubbing alcohol. This will let them stay grippy for years. With these steps, you’ll have no problem removing those old grips and adding new ones.

3. How to Remove Bike Handlebar Grips using Compressed Air

What you’ll need:


1)  Make sure the bike is stable so that you don’t roll or tip it. Make sure to keep any sharp objects away from your hands and body.

2)  Put on the latex gloves to keep the grips from sticking to your hands.

3)  Turn on the air compressor and aim it at the grip you wish to remove. Inflate until the grip pops off of the handlebar or seat post.

4)  Do not be alarmed if a small amount of water comes out from under the grip. This is from condensation build-up inside of the tubing and will quickly evaporate.

5)  If you cannot remove a grip with compressed air, try using a utility knife or paint scraper to pry it off. Just be careful not to damage the tubing or rim.

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4. How to Take Off Bike Grips using Rubbing Alcohol

Step 1: Pour a small amount of rubbing alcohol onto the section of the grip you wish to remove from your bike handlebars. Make sure that it is sufficient enough to saturate the old grip without creating too much dripping. 

Step 2: Wrap a paper towel around a screwdriver and secure it in place with electrical tape.

Step 3: Place the paper towel-wrapped screwdriver against the section of the grip you wish to remove from your bike handlebars. Apply pressure to push down on the grip and slide it up along the bar towards your other hand, breaking the grip away from where it was originally bonded. [for any additional pieces, repeat step 3]

Step 4: Once the grip is removed, use a cloth or rag to wipe clean any of the remaining residues of dirt and/or grime

Step 5: Use another rag to apply rubbing alcohol onto the newly exposed metal handlebars that were previously covered by the handlebar grip.

Step 6: Use a clean rag to wipe dry and clean any remaining rubbing alcohol from the exposed metal handlebars. 

Step 7: Install new handlebar grips onto your bike by applying pressure around the circumference of each grip starting at one end and moving towards the other until it snaps into place. [go outside and ride your bike with the new grips]

Good job! You’ve successfully removed a bike handlebar grip using rubbing alcohol.