MINI GRIPS INSTALL
Comfy grips for wee hands!
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GUIDE FOR INSTALLING YOUR MAC RIDE MINI GRIPS:
- Different bikes will require different strategies.
- All bikes will require that you remove at least one adult grip and one set of gears/brakes in order to thread the Mini Grips on the handlebars.
- It is likely you will need to remove the handlebars, or at least loosen them, so you can shift the bars left and right to thread the Mini Grips on.
- Typically, mountain bike handlebars have a bulge in the middle that means you have to install 1 Mini Grip on the left side, and one on the right. This means removing both adult grips and both gears/brakes.
- Typically, commuter bike handlebars are thin throughout, and you can remove the bars and feed both Mini Grips on just one side.
- The Mini Grips do stretch, so be careful not to thread them over a bulge that will overstretch/tear them.
- Hairspray is your friend-- when it's wet, it's a lubricant to help remove grips; when it's dry, it's a glue to hold grips in place.
- If in doubt, take the Mini Grips to your bike shop and ask for help.
INSTALLING MINI GRIPS- SUMMARY IMAGES
1. Before the Mini Grips
- Use an allen key to loosen the bolt in the top cap on the steerer
- Remove the bolt and top cap and keep them safe
- Loosen the two bolts at the side of the stem
- Lift upwards on both sides to take the handlebars and stem off of the steerer tube
- Replace the stem/bars back on the steerer tube
- Place the top cap and bolt on the steerer tube and tighten to 4/5, not all the way
- Check for alignment
- Use pressure on brakes on both sides and feel the wiggle
- Tighten the bolt in the top cap fully
- Use pressure again on brakes on both side and wiggle; the wiggle should be gone-- this is your test to make sure the bolt in the top cap is installed and tightened correctly.
- Tighten both side bolts.
GUIDE: REMOVING AND RE-INSTALLING ADULT GRIPS, GEARS, AND BRAKES
- Most mountain bike grips now have a lock-on grip. If so, use an allen key to remove the grip. If not, you need a screwdriver or the like, to break the seal between the grip all around the bar. Once the seal is broken, you can twist the grip off the bar.
- Take note of the placement and angle of your gears and brakes; perhaps take a picture to be sure.
- Use an allen key to loosen the bolts on the gears and brakes. Most gears/brakes will slide off the bar when loose. Some have an opening mechanism instead.
- Reverse the steps once your Mini Grips are on your bars and you are ready to replace your gears, brakes, and adult grips.