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Ok, I know this is probably a stupid question but...



Ever since my first bike in 1963 I've always used lacquer thinner to put new grips on (including stock TW grips) and never had one come off, when wet or otherwise. I'm getting ready to put on the cushy Progrip 714's and they feel like they're made out of silicone rubber. Just in case there's something special about them I googled "installing grips". Man, there's about a hundred different opinions....use hairspray, use water, use air only, use grip glue, hairspray comes off when wet, wire ties, WD40, window cleaner, alcohol, spray paint, and so on.



I'm happy with the lacquer thinner method but is there anything special I need to pay attention to about the materials they use in grips nowadays? Sue has a bottle of pump hairspray. Does it matter much what I use? I don't want a grip coming off when I'm reefing on the bars.
 

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We always used hairspray for our mountain and BMX bike grips. They go on easy, and will only come off in pieces!
 

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I have had the issue with loose grips on several bikes over the years and have used Elmer's wood glue (not Elmer's glue-all) with great results.



CAUTION: wipe off any excess when grip is half way on and use very sparingly on throttle tube side. Just a thin bead inside the grip will do it.



I always try new grips "clean and dry " first and only result to adhesives if a grip is loose. Press on end of grip with your palm and work the grip on a little at a time, kind of a wave or snake moving action to work grip on. Kind of like working a hose onto a barbed fitting, pressing forward expands the I.D. of the grip or hose. Always make sure any plastic or rubber is warm (80-90 degrees F) to improve flexibilty before starting to work with it.



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The knurled end of aftermarket bars requires something stronger than hairspray like grip glue or something similar. Stock bars you can use whatever you want.
 

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We always used hairspray for our mountain and BMX bike grips. They go on easy, and will only come off in pieces!


same here...air to get them off and aquanet hairspray to go on...i use hairspray on my mountain bikes and motorcycles...the mountain bikes saw a lot of water and they never came loose...i make sure to do it on a hot sunny day and let the sun take care of it or use a heat gun on cold days to dry a little quicker
 

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Just installed some Pro Grip 714 grips this morning actually. Used a razor and a scotch pad to clean everything up, then some brake cleaner to make sure it was completely clean. Poked a small hole in the end of each grip and used my compressor to blow them on. Had to ask a friend to plug up the hole on the other end of the bars so no air got out. They seem to be real solid now.
 
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