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    old grips melting

    Just picked up an old Cannondale and the old (circa 97) Tioga drips are turning to goo and melting. Any suggestions on how to remove the grip residue? I tried a knife and was scraping the goo off with a gloved hand, but it is nasty and sticky.

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    A little bit of elbow grease.

    In all seriousness, you could use white lightening (or another brake cleaner) and a slightly abrasive cloth (ie, a terry cloth). I would think that would e your best bet in this case.

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    I'll give it a try. Never seen this before, it is like the whole grip turned into tar.

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    Just did this to a bike we picked up for my son yesterday. I scraped as much of the goo off as I could with a putty knife. Then I scrubbed a bit with a rag dipped in Kerosene. It wiped right off.
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    2 suggestions of stuff you probably have in the house: 1) WD-40, 2) Mineral spirits

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    Yup ^

    It was prolly wd40 that someone used to get em on that turned them to mooch. As long as the bars aren't carbon the best bet would be lighter fluid, then maybe carb cleaner, fuel treatment, wd40 and many others should work in a snap.
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    When you put the new ones on use a squirt of windex. Works like a charm to provide an initial lubricant, then dissolves away leaving your grips to...grip

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    Never tried windex but hairspray or air works too. Now with lock ons why bother, they're so much better, for me anywayz
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    Edit: This should only be done as a last resort!!

    Old frame.. if it is steel, a blowtorch with a low intensity and a gas mask like painters use. Use enough heat to just melt / burn it off, but not high enough to melt the steel. Then use something acidic to clear the remaining gunk off.

    Use Metals - Melting Temperatures so you don't melt whatever metal your bike is.

    Check with a car shop (like Autozone).. I'm sure they would have plenty of chemicals on hand that are specific to getting melted rubber / plastic off of steel.
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    Yep. There isn't really a reason not to use lock-ons, lots of options and not too pricey.

    Quote Originally Posted by theMeat View Post
    Now with lock ons why bother, they're so much better, for me anywayz

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    Quote Originally Posted by huffster View Post
    When you put the new ones on use a squirt of windex. Works like a charm to provide an initial lubricant, then dissolves away leaving your grips to...grip
    I usually use rubbing alcohol

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    acetone

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    for the gooey rubber- hairspray, rubbing alcohol or compressed air for the new ones.

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