Handlebar Tape for loose Grips

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Buster1

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 23, 2011
856
Las Vegas
Not sure if this should be in the Restoration area, but it kinda applies to all bikes.

My new grips are loose, any good techniques for taping the bars? What kind of tape is best?
 

Gary Mc

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 5, 2011
2,297
Buford GA
Not sure if this should be in the Restoration area, but it kinda applies to all bikes.

My new grips are loose, any good techniques for taping the bars? What kind of tape is best?
Buster, Have not tried it out yet but I hear hair spray in the aerosol can is the best way to cure loose grips & no I'm not kidding. Worth a try & easier than tape. - Gary
 

petritl

I live for the CABE
Aug 15, 2012
1,194
49
Washington, IL
I followed a trick my supervisor showed me, he installs and uninstalls the grips on his golf clubs with shop air. It works great on even the most crusty set of grips.

Maybe brake clean or carb cleaner to get the inside of the grips sticky and install with shop air.
 

videoranger

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 19, 2006
647
Omaha, United States
Shrink tube on the ends of the bars works well to increase the diameter at the ends to hold loose grips. Hair spray works also if they're not too loose
 

okozzy

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Mar 31, 2011
881
Upland, United States
Frogtape

In the past, Frogtape has worked great for me, especially for real loose grips. The tape is used for masking walls before painting, but is has a gummy finish to it if you will.

Good Luck!
Cheers.
 

silvercreek

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 9, 2011
608
73
S.E. Oklahoma
I found that the original grips on my '54 a little loose when I first got it. I pulled the grips off and cleaned the handlebars and the inside of the grips with Simple green and then used a heat gun to warm up the grips. When I finished the grips went on good and tight.
 

Buster1

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 23, 2011
856
Las Vegas
Thanks guys. These are on newly chromed Westfield bars (pics of the resto forthcoming!) and new re-pop grips from MLC. They are moderately loose and I think I will need the tape option based on the "looseness factor."
 
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