Issue: Are your handlebar grips raggedy and in poor shape due to wear and tear?

Replacing your bike’s old handlebar grips are actually easier than you think. Our Co-founder, Justin Tuck, shows us how to quickly and correctly replace your grips.

Video Transcription

We’re going to show you how to replace the grips on your bike, generally, if you’ve fallen off and they’ve torn or if they’re old (in this video, the handlebar is a little bit worn as there was an incident with a wall). If you need to these grips then its super simple to do.

What you’ll need:

  • Methylated spirits
  • New ESI Grips (available at Gear Change).

Removing old grips:

When removing the old grips, you should not be slicing them off with a blade as this can damage the handlebars, which is a common problem amongst riders. These grips should slide off relatively easily, it just takes a bit of effort & experience (which helps the cause). They should come off quite simply (more damaged grips will probably come off easier). You can use compressed air to blow off the grip if you get the air beneath the compressed air beneath the grip but it is not necessary as they should be easy to remove the grips manually.

Replacing and installing new grips:

When replacing the grips, ESI has given us two bar ends & they are there for a reason, it’s not just to look good and it helps with the installation. As the ends of the handlebars (especially carbon) are sharp and if the grip catches on the end it can make the installation process difficult.

  1. Start with putting the end cap on first, and pay attention to detail here, its not an ISE grip, its an ESI grip.
  2. Place the end cap on the end of the handlebar and give it a little “bang” (tap/smack) in and do the same on the other side.
  3. Now to install, take your spray bottle of methylated spirits.
  4. Spray inside of grip and handlebar with meths (be sure to watch out for the tequila smell of meths)
  5. Then slide the grips over the end caps onto the handlebar and give it a slight tap at the end to ensure it’s on properly.

And it’s as easy as that! Now do the same on the other side (spray meths, which is safe to use on paint and on brakes so there’s no problem there) then you’re done!

Methylated spirits evaporate very quickly & allows for a nice solid grip – if you use soap water, every time your bike gets wet, the grips will loosen!

Tell us what you think?

What did you think of Justin’s tip? Helpful, or do you have a better way of doing it? We’d love to hear from you so common below with your feedback. And if you need more advance help with troubleshooting your bike mechanics, contact us here.