Bike grips removal

If your handlebar grips have a sticky feeling this indicates the deterioration of the rubber. The only solution is replacing them as cleaning the bike grips will not solve the problem. 

worn bike grips

Removing push on bike grips

Why are push on grips so hard to remove?

Well some are and some aren’t. It depends on different factors that will determine how well the grips will bond to the bars.
– What type of rubber they are made of.
– The surface and the diameter of the tool on which they have been moulded. 
– The surface of the handlebars.  


If there is a bar end plug then remove it. For the bar ends with a screw in the middle, loosen it until the plug frees up

undoing end cup with bolt

and you can pull it out.

removing end cap with bolt

If there isn’t any bolt use a flat head screwdriver to prise it out.

removing bike grips end plug

Method 1 – Using a compressor

  • Put the bike on the work stand or position yourself in front of the bike gripping the front wheel with your legs.
standing in front of the bike to remove bike grips
  • Place a thin screwdriver or small size allen key under the edge of the grip you are removing and lift it up.
fitting screwdriver under bike grip
  • While holding the screwdriver up grab the compressor, place it under the grip and remove the screwdriver.
putting compressor under bike grip
  • Push the air into the grip and slide it off. 

Method 2 – Using isopropyl alcohol

If you don’t have a compressor you can use isopropyl alcohol as a lubricant.

  • Place the thin screwdriver or small size allen key under the edge of the grip you are removing and lift it up.
fitting screwdriver under the handlebar grip
  • While holding the screwdriver up grab the isopropyl alcohol and spray inside.
spraying isopropyl alcohol under handlebar grip
  • Now place the screwdriver in the different part of the grip and spray the isopropyl alcohol inside again.
spray isopropyl alcohol again
  • Using a twisting and pulling motion slowly remove the grip.
Removing bike grips

If it still doesn’t move, repeat the lubricating process until you are successful. 

Method 3 – Using brake levers or gear shifters

If you don’t have an isopropyl alcohol you can try to push the grip off using  a brake lever or a gear shifter.

  • First undo the bolt on the brake lever clamp or the shifter whichever is closer to the grip.
Undo the bolt on the brake or gear lever
  • Once the part is loose use the wiggle and push motion to remove it. You might need to use quite a lot of force at first but the grip should eventually move.
using brake or gear lever to remove bike grips

Method 4 – Using a utility knife

If all the other methods failed you can cut the grip using a utility knife.

  • Make the cut along the length of the grip and repeat the process until it splits.
cutting the bike grip
  • Remove the grip.
removing the handlebar grip

Be aware that this method will cause cosmetic damage to the aluminium or steel bars. Cutting grips on carbon bars is not advisable as it might damage the fibres. 

handlebar scratched from the utility knife

Removing lock-on bike grips

  • First remove the bar end plug.
remove the bar end plug
  • Using the correct allen key loosen any bolts on the grip.
undo the bolt on lock on handlebar grips
  • Now remove the lock-on grip.
remove the lock-on grips

If any of the bolts are seized or rounded don’t panic as you can still remove the grip by drilling through the offending bolt.

rounded bolt

Find the drill bit that matches the size of the bolt head and drill it through as this will release the pressure on the bolt. Remove the grip.

drill the rounded bolt

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