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post #1 of 42 Old 01-13-2008, 01:22 PM Thread Starter
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Angry How do I slide on Grip Puppies???

I want to purchase Grip Puppies for my 'strom but have noticed that the original handgrips have a flange over the outside end.

What gives? How could I slip the grip puppies over the flange?
Do I trim the flange off?

Or should I just call a plumber or something...

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Janice, confused in Toronto where it's damn cold.
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post #2 of 42 Old 01-13-2008, 01:27 PM
 
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They stretch over grip flange.
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The puppies will expand enough to get over. It takes soapy water and persuasion. If they are longer than the present grip, trim them to length first. It may be easier to run the puppy half over itself so one end is inside the other end. It's harder to expand that way, but you only have to get it on half way then run the outside half to cover the rest of the grip.

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Just finished doing this last night. A little soapy water inside the grip puppy and a little over the grip on the bike. I was able to get it over the end but it does take a little persuasion. I did not cut the new grip or the old one. I just squeezed it all on.

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Exclamation Thanks guys.

Thanks for the information guys.

This website rocks. Post a question and get answers almost instantly.

Now I'll go order the Grip Puppies.

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Janice in Toronto where it's way cold...
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I put mine on with some dishwashing soap and a little water, but I've got big hands and being married 17 years I've got a strong grip.............

If you don't have enough grip strength warming them a little should help.
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Use compressor and pinch the open end around air nozzle ...works great.

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Grip puppies are nice and the dish soap method makes it easy to put them on.You can also get some grips that give a bit more cushion and are a bit cheaper. Look in the bicycle section at Canadian Tire.
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When I installed Grip Puppies on my last bike, I actually ruined the first set I got trying to install them. They were SOOOO tight, I tore them.

Here's the trick.

Run your tap water as HOT as it goes.
Fill a small pitcher with the hot water and let the GP soak for a while, maybe 20 minutes. This will really help them soften up.
Lube them on the inside with dishwasher soap and slide them on as fast as possible after taking them out of the hot water.

They are designed to be tight, so don't give up.

You'll love them!!!
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When I installed Grip Puppies on my last bike, I actually ruined the first set I got trying to install them. They were SOOOO tight, I tore them.

Here's the trick.

Run your tap water as HOT as it goes.
Fill a small pitcher with the hot water and let the GP soak for a while, maybe 20 minutes. This will really help them soften up.
Lube them on the inside with dishwasher soap and slide them on as fast as possible after taking them out of the hot water.

They are designed to be tight, so don't give up.

You'll love them!!!
Thanks for the info. Also, your new avatar is -very- nice indeed.
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