Do you want to learn how to install BMX bike grips easily and quickly?
In my career of riding BMX for 20+ years, I’ve tried all bunch of methods of installing grips.
But there’s one method I keep using because it’s the ABSOLUTE easier.
Today, I’m going to walk you through a super simple and efficient process of installing your BMX grips using none other than our trusty friend, WD-40.
But remember, although the process is extremely straightforward, there is one (pretty ANNOYING) downside, which I’ll talk about soon.
Let’s dive right in!
How To Install BMX Bike Grips
Step 1: Get Your Supplies Ready!
First off, grab the essentials:
- Your cool new BMX bike grips
- A cloth or rag
- Bar ends
- Of course, your bike
Optional: Gloves. (However, I never use gloves because they make things more challenging.)
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Step 2: Remove Old BMX Grips
If you’ve got old grips hanging on, it’s time to bid them farewell.
If they’re reluctant, slide a screwdriver under the grip and spray a bit of WD-40.
They should slide off with ease.
I sometimes just pull them off (the hard way) or even cut them with a knife (but this can scratch your handlebar).
Step 3: Clean Those Bars
Give your handlebars a good wipe down to remove any residue or dirt.
Cleanliness is next to grip-liness! (Okay, I might have made that up.)
Step 4: The WD-40 Magic
- Shake that can of WD-40 well.
- Spray a small amount inside the new grips. JUST a bit – you don’t want them swimming in it!
- If you’ve never experienced the ease WD-40 brings to this process, prepare to be amazed.
Let’s talk about the downside I mentioned earlier: If you spray too much of WD-40, your grips will keep rotating, as WD-40 will never dry out.
Luckily, you can remove the grips, dry them out (and the handlebar), and repeat the process.
Step 5: Slide Those Grips On
Slide the new grip onto the handlebar before the WD-40 dries up.
Adjust them to your liking, ensuring they’re straight and aligned well.
Pro tip: I always give the grips a proper squeeze after spraying WD-40 so it settles all over the inside, making them slide on even more effortlessly.
If you added just a tiny bit too much of WD-40, you can hold onto the grips and twist them back and forth. This helps it dry out faster.
Step 6: Let Them Settle
It’s now time to let the grips settle. In other words, leave the WD-40 to evaporate, keeping the grips securely in place.
You can place your bike outside if it’s warm and sunny to speed up the process.
Step 7: Secure The Bar Ends
Once the grips are snug and settled, it’s time to secure those bar ends (you can also install the bar ends right away).
Simply pop them in; they help prevent any unfortunate handlebar-related injuries and protect your grips.
I don’t recommend riding BMX without bar ends.
I stabbed myself once in the ribs, landing on the handlebar without bar ends and it left a pretty nasty bruise.
Step 8: Test Ride!
It’s now time to test out your new grips. But first, ensure there’s no movement or slippage in the grips.
Pro Tip: Maintenance is Key!
- Regularly check your grips for any wear and tear.
- A well-maintained grip will make your ride safer and more enjoyable.
- Don’t leave your bike under the sun because it’ll ruin your grips.
Note: I also created a complete BMX bike maintenance guide for your convenience.
5 Alternative Methods To Installing BMX Bike Grips
While WD-40 is a convenient and popular option, there are various other methods and substances you can use to install BMX bike grips.
Here are several alternative ways to get those grips on securely:
1. Compressed Air
- Slide the edge of the grip onto the handlebar.
- Insert the nozzle of the compressed air can under the grip and inflate.
- The grip will expand and slide onto the bar easily.
- Adjust the grip quickly before the air escapes.
2. Cable Ties Or Zip Ties
- Insert several cable ties around the handlebar, spaced out evenly, with the smooth side facing inward.
- Slide the grip over the cable ties and onto the handlebar.
- Once the grip is in place, pull out the cable ties.
- The grip will contract and fit snugly on the handlebar.
3. Warm Water
- Dip the grip in warm water for a few minutes to soften it.
- Slide it onto the handlebar. It should go on more easily when it’s warm and more pliable.
- Wait for it to cool and dry before use.
4. Hair Spray
- Spray a small amount of hair spray inside the grip (similar to WD-40).
- Slide the grip onto the handlebar swiftly.
- Let it dry. The hair spray acts as a lubricant initially and then becomes adhesive as it dries.
Yes, you read that right.
- Add your saliva on the handlebar and inside the grips.
- Slide the grip onto the handlebar.
- Let it dry.
Whichever method you choose (except the “dry” methods), it is essential to let the grips dry/settle completely before going for a ride to avoid any accidents due to slipping.
Conclusion: Master Grips Installation!
We’ve traveled the road of grip installation together, and I hope you’ve found this guide helpful!
Installing your BMX bike grips can seem like a small detail, but it’s those little things that make our sessions safe, comfortable, and oh-so-enjoyable.
Remember, whether you’re using WD-40, soapy water, hair spray, or any alternative methods we’ve discussed, the key is ensuring those grips are snug, secure, and aligned just right.
Give them a good check before you hit your local sport.
If you have any more questions or run into any troubles, don’t be a stranger — drop me a message via contact form or on Instagram. 🤘