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I mistakenly put WD40 for my disc brakes and now pads not anchoring as well as before. Any solution?

Disc brake pads are very sensitive to contamination. You can clean the disc rotors with rubbing alcohol, but that's about it. Anything else will contaminate the pads. You may not be able to restore ...
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Rohloff twist shifter is too slippery when sweating

Cycling gloves are designed for comfort and to improve grip by absorbing sweat and providing a contact material that provides grip even when damp or wet. Typically, hands do not sweat much so most ...
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How to reduce cramping in hands (mountain biking)?

Your question suggests that you might hold your handle bars too tight. A tense grip over a long tube leads inevitably to cramps. If you are not going over technical terrain or going very fast it is ...
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Conceptual: Bike Lights built into Grips

You would be entering in a very busy market with no obvious advantages. Let's look at the two types of LEDs that you might use: If you're using inexpensive and low-power 5050 LEDs (15 lumens@350mW; ...
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Recommendations on how to make grips more comfortable?

I really think this is a fit issue (e.g., changing the bar height and/or reach, how you hold the bar) rather than finding softer grips or padded gloves. Numbness should be taken seriously (as it can ...
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How to make the grip stick in its place on the handlebar?

If you remove the handle and spray a bit of hairspray into the handle and then put it back on, then it should help it to stick. Hairspray works well because it will stick a little while still allowing ...
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Rohloff twist shifter is too slippery when sweating

A thumb /trigger shifter has been developed for the Rohloff speed hub. It has been manufactured by Cinq5 and is called Shift:R. It involves two levers one for up-shifting and one for down-shifting. I ...
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I mistakenly put WD40 for my disc brakes and now pads not anchoring as well as before. Any solution?

Brakleen or another automotive brake cleaner will work. It is stronger than alcohol and should have no problem removing w40 and most other lubes.
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How to reduce cramping in hands (mountain biking)?

A few things I have done that seem to help. Swap your grips to something with an ergo design. This type has a paddle like shape. The larger width spreads the weight to a larger contact area. Another ...
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Rubber sleeve for bike grips

It's not exactly rubber, but heatshrink sleeving makes for a good grippy surface. I've used it to repair and bulk out grips on tools for example. It's normally used for electronics, and is available ...
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Recommendations on how to make grips more comfortable?

You could try: adding some bar ends, or ergonomic grips like Ergon GP2+, to allow you to change grip position move your saddle further forward on its rails, to take some of the weight off your hands
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Grip diameter of a riser bar?

Have a look at Sheldon Brown's handlebar reference. It lists typical clamp and outer bar diameters. Unfortunately it does not contain oversized mountain bike handlebars, like your 31.8 mm riser bar. ...
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Suggestions for replacing melted grips?

You can use Isoprop Alcohol to remove stickyness from rubber grips. Soak the grip with a spray of iso, leave sit for a minute and rub with a cloth soaked in iso. Often need to repeat a few times. ...
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Suggestions for replacing melted grips?

I run across this sometimes doing bike fixups on jank bikes. Once a grip is deteriorating, there's no saving it. Options: Remove grip and replace it - even though it was an expensive brandname, ...
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What makes WD40 work well for grip installation?

Any liquiid-fluid works for grip installation. The liquid temporarily decreases the surface friction between the grip and the bar, and then departs. Personally I use soapy water which evaporates over ...
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How to reduce cramping in hands (mountain biking)?

The hand receives its peripheral nerve supply from well-defined nerves such as the radial and median nerve which are involved with sensation to the thumb. The median nerve often gets pinched, and ...
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How can I prevent rubber handlebar grips from melting/disintegrating?

I remember this would happen to me as a kid while on my bmx bike especially in humid summer weather. So you are buying new grips already - I'd say make sure they are a harder compound than whatever ...
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Suggestions for replacing melted grips?

Rubber derivates decompose with uv radiation, heat and ozone. I live in a seaside town in the last few years, and i can see this happening lot faster, because of much higher ozone levels and heat. ...
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Is there a safety hazard when lock on grips are not pushed fully on to the handlebar?

Lock-on grips like those stay solidly on the handlebar because of the friction of their clamp and not because of the friction of their body like traditional rubber grips, so the fact that there is 1 ...
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Putting new grips on handlebars

If you have access to a compressor, compressed air works well – use the hole in the end of the grip to blow in air while covering the other end of the bars with your hand (or something). The air ...
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How can I prevent rubber handlebar grips from melting/disintegrating?

I’ve had this issue with types of rubber like Kraton that are designed to be tacky when wet. I think they degrade from oil and sun exposure. The absolute cheapest grips just get cracked or crumbly ...
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How to reduce cramping in hands (mountain biking)?

Besides grips and handle sweep (affecting wrist angle), you might want to consider bike fit (esp. seat fore-aft position, handlebar height, and length of stem) which greatly affect how much weight you ...
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Grip diameter of a riser bar?

I believe the 30 and 33mm sizes are the "outside" diameter of the grips (the diameter where your hands are actually grabbing) made to match either small or large hands (or just personal preference). ...
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Rohloff twist shifter is too slippery when sweating

Gloves ought to do the trick, but if want a solution where you don't wear gloves, you could use sugru, the "moldable glue" to make the shifter more ergonomic: https://sugru.com/about
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Recommendations on how to make grips more comfortable?

You have flat bars, so your hand positions are limited. Simply moving your hands a bit now and again will help. Try rotating at the wrists a little, so pressure moves from your thumb ball to the ...
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Can a non-cylindrical grip be better for jumping?

With good grips, your hands should stay pretty much planted in place. Since grips are relatively cheap (you can get a decent pair of lock-ons for $7). It is not recommended to "death grip" ...
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I mistakenly put WD40 for my disc brakes and now pads not anchoring as well as before. Any solution?

Soak the pads in gasoline then light them on fire. Don't laugh, I've done it and it worked. Be prepared both to 1. safely extinguish the fire (can't use water!) and 2. throw out the pads if you ruin ...
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What is a good grip material for heat insulation?

My experience with handlebars has been: If you have an aluminum handlebar that's entirely bare, i.e. no bar tape (drop bars) or grips (flat bars), in cooler weather the heat transfer via the aluminum ...
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What is a good grip material for heat insulation?

Surviving with fingers intact in freezing temperatures requires paying attention to the thermal conductivity coefficient of both the handlebar and the grips. Handlebars The thermal conductivity ...
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What is a good grip material for heat insulation?

Leather makes an excellent grip material, but being organic has maintenance. You need to feed the leather with something like bees-wax, and keep it out of the weather where possible. Leather can be ...
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