Every bike shop mechanic has a secret sauce to install handlebar grips—some swear by WD-40, some claim rubbing alcohol is the trick and some declare clear-coat spray paint is the ultimate solution.
The problem with using a fluid to install grips is the varying dry time for each liquid to evaporate before you’re able to go riding.
Using a few zip-ties, you can quickly and easily install ready-to-use grips in just moments—no drying time necessary.
Best Bike Hacks: How to Install Grips
Step 1: Grab your grip and 8-10 zip-ties (“zap straps” if you’re in Canada).
Step 2: Slide the zip-ties inside the grip.
Step 3: Insert your finger into the grip—evenly distribute the zip-ties around your finger.
Step 4: Slip the grip over the handlebar—the plastic zip-ties will help the grip easily slide on.