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    Lock-On Grips for 24" Bike

    My son's Marin Bayview Trail (24") has some really bad grips. My son complained about them last fall on the last rides and when I checked, they were sliding out quite easily.

    Can someone recommend lock-on grips that are small enough for a 9 year old? I did some research and the ODI Ruffian seems to be smaller than most. Does anyone have any experience with them? I'm trying to get ready for the spring!!

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    Both my 6.75 and 8 year old sons are using the Oury lock-on grips (with colourful anodised ODI lock-on clamps) on their bikes. Yes, they are adult-wide, but they’ve been able to use the extra width (I have them mounted on bars wider than stock, but with the shifters/brake levers in pretty much the same space they were before) to an advantage when tackling rugged terrain. I don’t have any experience with the ODI Ruffians unfortunately.
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    My 8 year old son has Ruffians. They fit fine.
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    ODI Ruffians. They're fine for my 4 year old who has the bad habit of tossing the bike down when done riding. That quickly shredded the rubber grips. No issue with size or reaching the brake levers. I had to pick up one full-size pair and one grip-shift size pair, but now I have a spare of each.

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    Small Ruffians are good. Another brand to look at Lizard Skins Shorty. I haven't used them though. An alternative to locking, I use cut down Lizard Skins Moab grips (has a slot to slice away), non-locking. It doesn't slip or move and is also cheap. I do have ODI Ruffians in the short size, which I haven't put on yet (no need so far). The Ruffians seem fine and would do the trick, but I feel the pure rubber of the Moab is just fine right now. Plus it helps me from screwing up and over tightening onto a carbon handlebar. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by IAmHolland View Post
    The Ruffians seem fine and would do the trick, but I feel the pure rubber of the Moab is just fine right now. Plus it helps me from screwing up and over tightening onto a carbon handlebar. :P
    Dude, Jayden’s rocking the carbon? You’re a cooler dad than me! My kids get aluminum bars.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker View Post
    Dude, Jayden’s rocking the carbon? You’re a cooler dad than me! My kids get aluminum bars.
    LOL, yeah. Carbon bars (Easton EC70) and a carbon seatpost (Token). He's also got Ti skewers. :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbkaz View Post
    ODI Ruffians. They're fine for my 4 year old who has the bad habit of tossing the bike down when done riding. That quickly shredded the rubber grips. No issue with size or reaching the brake levers. I had to pick up one full-size pair and one grip-shift size pair, but now I have a spare of each.
    How come you bought one of each? What's the advantage of having a short one and a full size one? On which side of the handlebar did you install the short one? I never thought about this, as I don't know if the short ones are going to be wide enough for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RallyPunx View Post
    How come you bought one of each? What's the advantage of having a short one and a full size one? On which side of the handlebar did you install the short one? I never thought about this, as I don't know if the short ones are going to be wide enough for him.
    I needed one of each because it's a 1x6 drivetrain so there's only a twist shifter on one side.

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    These aren't lock-on, but ESI grips are very tight and don't slide. I haven't had any movement on mine for 6 months now.

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    Hairspray also works. If you have some in the house try it out before buying new grips.

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    Do what danmtchl says, it works great.

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    I put lock-on ODI Ruffians on my 8 year old's Marin Bayview Trail, and they have worked great. Not as thick as my ODI Rogues (which I love), but with plenty of grip -- so perfect for kids' hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeginnerCycling View Post
    I put lock-on ODI Ruffians on my 8 year old's Marin Bayview Trail, and they have worked great. Not as thick as my ODI Rogues (which I love), but with plenty of grip -- so perfect for kids' hands.
    Did you buy the regular ones or the short ones?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RallyPunx View Post
    Did you buy the regular ones or the short ones?
    Just the regular ones -- seem to work fine.
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