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Spray adhesive or glue???

I'm putting some new grips on my bike and I've seen people say you can use a few squirts of spray adhesive and others some kind of glue. Which should I use or doesn't it really matter, and what kinds? Thanks
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For grips, just use hair spray, may sound strange, but it works. After installing the grip I let it sit overnight, next morning the grip is tight and no movement.
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For grips, just use hair spray, may sound strange, but it works. After installing the grip I let it sit overnight, next morning the grip is tight and no movement.
I second the hairspray method. It will hold the grip on place just fine. Now if you just want to see if you can get it to twist, you will be able to but that would be an intentional act. This method also makes any potential removal of grips (actually only left grip) a little easier as it will not be "adhered" to the bar, just stuck in place for normal operation. Again, let it sit overnight and it will be good to go.
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Well I think I'll give that shot,, thanks guys..
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definitely not spray adhesive, you might want to change them at some point and it will be a bear to remove and clean up.

I've used both hairspray and spit both worked and my grips have never moved.
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Rubbing alcohol works quite well, too. You don't really 'need' any sort of adhesive. The grips are 'press on'. You just want something to lubricate them so that they'll slide on, and then evaporate away underneath the grips leaving them 'stuck on'. The grips inside diameter is basically the same as the outside diameter of the bars; making for a very tight fit. And that's how they work. They aren't meant to be 'glued on'. All I've ever done is mix a little rubbing alcohol and water in a spray bottle, spray liberally to get the grips off, then wet the new grips and the bars with the solution and quickly re-install the grips (before it evaporates). Works well. Hairspray is probably a little 'stickier' if you feel you need it.
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If you do use a glue, use a good high temperature grip glue. I have had grips literally slide off the bar when the factory glue melted riding in 115 temperature.

I have never had or put on grips without glue. The ones I did install would have come off without it, except for the Avons now on my Voyager. They have set screws that hold them on. I still have some high temp glue left, so I put it on the left side. The right side has Ray's throttle mod. I don't know if he used glue or not, but it is on there hard and tight, so I suspect he did.

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My Avon's have screws to tighten down but I used a little gorilla glue on the left grip none on the right.

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Well I've been so busy I haven't got them on yet, but I'm hoping to tomorrow. Thanks
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I wire them on - same as racebikes
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