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    Question regarding grips

    This may be a dumb question, but I'll ask anyway. I am going to replace the grips on my Specialized Hardrock. Looking through the forums, I've seen several recommendations for the Yeti Hard Core Lock-On grip. I have a set of bar ends on my bike and want to keep them. Can I use the Yeti grips and still keep my bar ends? I'm assuming I can just put the grips on and then slide them on the bar enough to clamp my bar ends on, but I just want to make sure. Thanks for the help.

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    lock-on grips will just slide on like you said and work great with bar-ends. I've never used the yeti ones, but i think they are the same deal as the ODI ones I use. Some people complain that the metal clamp on the outside of the grip bothers them when they move the hands around to the bar-end but I've never noticed it....

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    Upset Help!!!

    I bought the Yeti grips, and now I can't get them on to save my life! The package says to use alcohol as a lubricant, but it evaporates too quickly. Is there any way to get new grips on aside from blistering my hands?

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    So you have the standard grip not the clamp-on. Use lots of alcohol or air with a blow nozzel.

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    Cheap hairspray works well also, it is pretty much alcohol+sticky stuff. Spray the insides of the grip and the bar and quickly push/twist/push/twist until it is in place.

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    I finally got the grips on, but I had to soak them in alcohol before I could get them on. I'm pretty sure they will not move now, but I have to wait for my blisters to heal now before I can ride! Oh well, at least I'll know in the future. Thanks for all the help.

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    Next round go for the clamp on ones, much easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawgs1850
    I finally got the grips on, but I had to soak them in alcohol before I could get them on. I'm pretty sure they will not move now, but I have to wait for my blisters to heal now before I can ride! Oh well, at least I'll know in the future. Thanks for all the help.

    FYI - You didn't buy "clamp-on" grips...you have standard grips....jsut so you know next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawgs1850
    I bought the Yeti grips, and now I can't get them on to save my life! The package says to use alcohol as a lubricant, but it evaporates too quickly. Is there any way to get new grips on aside from blistering my hands?
    I know it sounds strange, but I use shampoo to get my grips on. apply the shampoo to the bars (you should use a lot) and slide em on. There will be a lot of excess goo but you can wipe that off. Your grips will slide a little the frist couple of days but once that shampoo evaporates they stick to the bars like glue. I use lock-ons now, but if you must use the regular grips, that's what worked for me.

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    Deoderant works well for me too... Makes the bike smell nice too!
    Mmmm..... Gatorale.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dawgs1850
    I bought the Yeti grips, and now I can't get them on to save my life! The package says to use alcohol as a lubricant, but it evaporates too quickly. Is there any way to get new grips on aside from blistering my hands?

    Throw them out or donate them to charity and get some real ODI lock-on grips. I'm serious ODI Lock-on grips are the best thing to happen to grips ever.

    But If you really want to put those on just squirt a bit of windex of fantastic or something inside the grip and it will slide on like butter. When the soap dries the grips will hold tight. When it gets wet agian from rain or even sweat they will move again. Thats why lock-ons are so much better. Easy on, easy off and rock solid rain or shine.

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