Wooden MTB Handlebar Grips

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While building up my single speed bike, one thing that I was missing was new grips for my handlebar.  Although I could have ordered some, there’s not really a local bike shop that is close to me.  Instead, I decided to cut down some blank pieces of wood and make my own.

Build Process

I had blanks left over from some of my lathe projects, and chose two dried out pieces of wood cut from my back yard that were approximately 1 3/4 inch at their largest egg shaped “diameter.”  I then cut both down using my lathe to 1 1/2 inches, leaving some bark, but making the grips mostly round.  They were then sanded to make it smooth.

My handlebar was about 7/8 inch in diameter, so using a 7/8 inch paddle bit and the the jig featured here.  I had to drill most of the way through on one side, then drill all the way through on the other.  After this, one side was pounded onto the handlebar with a mallet. The same was done to the other side, but a piece of rubber had to be inserted to lock everything down correctly.  I think there was some misalignment on the first grip that made it very tight without anything else.

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Results

During the rather violent installation, one of the grips cracked slightly.  Hopefully it will hold together for a while.

As for the actual performance, I was able to ride this bike around my neighboorhood for maybe 3 miles without any issues.  I wasn’t wearing gloves, but my hands were somewhat sore after using these grips.  Although they feel smooth with a subtle “give” to them, they are definitely harder than rubber.  I’ll keep using them for the time being, but will probably replace them with a mass-manufactured grip before too long.  Be sure to check out my first post on stripping down the original bike into this leaner, simpler configuration.

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