Learn How to Easily Remove Your Bike Handlebars

Learn How to Easily Remove Your Bike Handlebars

Use this guide to easily remove and re-attach your fixed gear bikes' handlebars easily.

It's important to understand the basics of removing your handlebars. This guide will instruct on all bike handlebar types, including cruiser bike handlebars.

What You'll Need

Let's begin with the tools you will need to successfully remove your bike handlebars.

  • WD-40 Spray (loosens old grips on the fixie bike);
  • Hairspray (helps with loosening the old grips along with the WD-40 Spray);
  • Replacement Grips;
  • 5mm or 6 mm allen keys (loosens the levers on your handlebars);
  • Slim screwdriver.

How to Remove Your Handlebar Grips

  1. Remove your bar-plugs (if applicable).
  2. Loosen the shift levers and brake.
  3. Slide the shift levers toward the middle of your bikes' handlebars.
  4. Slide a screwdriver inside your grip.
  5. Squirt the inside with WD-40 spray.
  6. Begin pulling and jiggling the grip until it starts coming off.
  7. Wipe down the handlebars thoroughly to ensure it is clean and free of grime before installing new bike handlebars.

How to Install Your New Grips

  1. Spray the inside of the new bike grip with hairspray.
  2. Gently push the grip onto the bars while the hairspray remains wet.
  3. Tighten the break and move the shift lever back to the original position.

Video Credits: RJ the Bike Guy

The hairspray will keep the grip in place on the bar since it hardens and begins to stick.

It's that simple to remove and install your fixed gear bike handlebars. For other guides, check out this section of our City Bicycle Co. website.