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26-01-09, 04:50 PM
has anyone done this before.
richey foams to be removed off alloy bars??
any tips would be great.
26-01-09, 04:57 PM
ive never done it, but ive seen many torn grips as a result. i guess i cant really help, just do it very carefully, and it should work out alrite.
You could try diluting some washing detergent into a spray bottle and carefully spraying it down the inside of the grip while holding it open slightly. You'd obviously have to be careful not to tear it while holding it open (i used to use a small flat bladed screwdriver) and i'm not sure if the detergent would do anything to the foam but i don't think it should. Just twist the grips a bit once you've got some of the mix in there. It'll eventually dry or you can rinse it off.
Or just cut the grips off if you don't want to keep them!
26-01-09, 06:01 PM
got a air hose? slip it under and "pfffffffffftttttt" & "zzzzziiiiiiip"
i removed mine with the dish washing liquid. Was a slow and painful experience
26-01-09, 06:36 PM
cool. thanks all. i think i will try the soak, detergent and possibly some WD40 or RP7.
i can take it to the LBS and they have air ready to blow them off but i was going to
try and do it all myself. i have beautiful ritchey carbon flat bars sitting waiting for my
lazy arse to remove the grips.
26-01-09, 06:55 PM
i'd be concerned that wd40 etc under teh grips wont' ever be teh same....... *shrugs*
i'm hearing you. i have some tyre changes and gear tune ups...... oh and teh ss needs teh chain line revising..... lol.
Hairspray is queen when it comes to grip installation or removal. Airgun/compresser is king.
got a air hose? slip it under
Yep, forgot about that one.:)
26-01-09, 08:59 PM
Definitely dishwashing liquid + soak and the rest is the action. Both palsm on end of bars and using your finger tips pry them off left right left right and they will come off nicely. Otherwise I have a spare set of these foam grips MWG if you like. Weenie shit, they weight nothing, literally. I'm not a fan of them so not using them at all.
26-01-09, 09:08 PM
thanks fox. i will still attempt the removal.
if that fails, i might take you up on that offer.
27-01-09, 04:46 AM
I’ve had loads of Ritchey grips, if you ask on Mtbr nearly everyone says either soap and water or hairspray, hairspray works a bit better but keep it away from your brakes. I’ve never found Ritchey grips last very long so mine are usually ready to be cut off by Leatherman.
The amount of grip on those Ritchey’s is insane, perhaps you should look into the new locking version. I’m running Bontrager Race X Lite’s now, they last longer and are IMO more comfortable, if you get the larger diameter version they also grip as well on the bars as the Ritchey’s…
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