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    Alcohol to install grips? ESI chunky

    I tried alcohol to install ESI chunkys. It seemed like it evaporated too fast. I used some water--It worked but was unbelievably difficult. It took an hour of hard pulling to install two gripps. And I weigh 250 of solid muscle.
    Im installing some more on a different bike. Should I try the Alcohol again??

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    Re: Alcohol to install grips? ESI chunky

    Soapy water works for me. A tiny bit of dish detergent, like non-concentrated Dawn, and water, and it pretty much evaporates away, although not near as quick as alcohol would.

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    I was just looking at these grips. Other than the install, how do you like them?



    Maybe you just need more alcohol, for you and the grips
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    I use Windex when I install grips that are not lock ons, which is very rare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskadude View Post
    I tried alcohol to install ESI chunkys. It seemed like it evaporated too fast. I used some water--It worked but was unbelievably difficult. It took an hour of hard pulling to install two gripps. And I weigh 250 of solid muscle.
    Im installing some more on a different bike. Should I try the Alcohol again??
    Alcohol worked for me when I couldn't find the windex, both took some pushing and slight twisting to get on. I'm around 250 as well although more of a pizza body.

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    Air compressor and blow nozzle. Amazing if you own those tools.

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    Used Windex also. Took about 10 mins. I'm about 145 soaking wet.
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    Alcohol, slides on v. easy...lots of alcohol. I use a spray bottle to really get it coated and also coat the bar...lots and lots of alcohol.....I also use an air compressor to do the final seating.
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    Re: Alcohol to install grips? ESI chunky

    Quote Originally Posted by thickfog View Post
    Air compressor and blow nozzle. Amazing if you own those tools.

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    This... watched a guy at my LBS do mine in under a minute. Very impressive

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    Quote Originally Posted by thickfog View Post
    Air compressor and blow nozzle. Amazing if you own those tools.
    Not effective with all types of grips such as the ones the OP is using.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Hair spray also works well. But I haven't run anything but lock-ons since they became available and don't think I ever will again. ODI Rouges are pretty fat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by slapheadmofo View Post
    Hair spray also works well. But I haven't run anything but lock-ons since they became available and don't think I ever will again. ODI Rouges are pretty fat.
    +1 on hairspray it lubricates the grip and bar just enough and when it dries it keeps them in place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TiGeo View Post
    Alcohol, slide on v. easy...lots of alcohol. I use a spray bottle to really get it coated and also coat the bar...lots and lots of alcohol.....I also use an air compressor to do the final seating.
    why is that guys licking his grips???
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    Re: Alcohol to install grips? ESI chunky

    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Not effective with all types of grips such as the ones the OP is using.
    huh? Air compressor works fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    Not effective with all types of grips such as the ones the OP is using.
    i install esi chunkys all the time (and take them off and reuse them) with a compressor and as someone said its done in easily under a minute if you know what you are doing. a second person to help is nice but not absolutely necessary.

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    It's super easy with alcohol, you just have to use a lot of it. Coat the bar, the inside of the grip, and sliiiiiiide it on. I find it easier to hold the grip with a rag because if some of the alcohol gets on the outside it gets pretty slippery.

    Also, twist the grip back and forth as you're sliding it on

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    I use ESI Chunky grips and I really like them. They are very comfortable and my hands don't get numb. I use hairspray to put them on and keep them in place. So far they have been solid on the bars and have not turned on me.

    I've washed them, but I have not ridden them in the rain.

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    Beer works best. Just take your time and sip.
    Ok, I normally use Windex but last time I was too lazy to get some and tried Simple Green. It worked just fine. The trick seems to be to use plenty on the bar and the grip.

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    use air like a can of compressed gas computer cleaner...fart that grip on in seconds...but I been using lock on grips for the past 10 years now...you want grips with no issues ever they are worth it. I long forgot about loose grips

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    Use clear hand sanitizer gel. Works like a charm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
    I use ESI Chunky grips and I really like them. They are very comfortable and my hands don't get numb. I use hairspray to put them on and keep them in place. So far they have been solid on the bars and have not turned on me.

    I've washed them, but I have not ridden them in the rain.

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    Maybe I need to wash mine(?) since I started being my own bike mechanic, I find the chunkys pick up grease off my hands, then deposit there back on my hands later.

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    OK, It seems like basically I didnt use enuf alcohol. Ill slosh down the bars and inside the chunkys. Ill also take a liberal belt of the stuff myself to calm my nerves.
    Thanks.

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    One of my first job was at a bike shop back in the 80s where we worked on nothing but BMX bikes and those old school BMX grips weren't easy to slip on. The shop owner taught me a trick that I've been using until this day. Well, not really since all my grips are lock ons now, but I use hairspray. Lubes it up and when it dries, its tacky so the grips don't twist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alaskadude View Post
    Ill also take a liberal belt of the stuff myself to calm my nerves.
    Thanks.
    Good luck with that. I think you're using the wrong alcohol.

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    Jeff Jones recommends hand sanitizer gel, and it works beautifully. Squirt some inside the grip, and spread a little on the bar. I have a gimpy wrist/hand, and I can install one grip in approx 15 seconds using that method.
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