Are Bike Grips Universal?

With all the different types of bike grips, there’s no doubt that you can find one that fits your needs. Whether it’s for comfort or performance reasons, there are many factors to consider when buying new grips. The good news is that every type of grip has its own benefits and disadvantages!

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In this post, we’ll walk you through everything that you need to know about choosing the right grips for your ride.

Are Bike Grips Universal?

The short answer to this question is yes, bike grips are universal. This means that they can be used on nearly any bicycle and that the fit will be close enough to work well.

However, there’s more to it than just checking a box marked “universal” to find out if your bike grips will work with your ride. The proper length of the handlebars as well as their diameter will play an integral role in determining which grips are best for you and your bike.

Finding The Right Grip Thickness

The thickness of a grip is measured in millimeters. The thicker the grip, the more comfortable it is to hold and the more vibration it absorbs. It also absorbs more shock from cracks and rough surfaces.

This is important because if your hands are sore after riding for an extended period of time, it can be very uncomfortable for you to ride again later on in the day or week.

When choosing which grips are best for you, take into consideration what type of riding you will be doing most often (commuting versus mountain biking), as well as how much weight you need on your bike’s handlebars in order to feel balanced when steering through turns or around obstacles that get in your way while cruising down trails or pavement alike

Choose The Material

  • The first thing you need to decide is what material you want your grips made from. There are a lot of options here, ranging from leather to rubber to plastic.
  • Leather tends to be the most comfortable and durable, but it can be expensive and prone to slipping in wet conditions.
  • Rubber grips are fairly inexpensive, but they’re not as comfortable or durable as leather ones—and they tend to break easier too! (Plus, there’s that whole “uncool” stereotype.)
  • Plastic grips can kind of feel like cheap toys (which is why I avoid them), but they’re actually pretty good if you don’t mind using something that feels like a kids’ toy (and believe me: I don’t).

Fitting Your New Grips

Once you’ve decided on the perfect grips for your bike, it’s time to fit them. It’s a pretty straightforward process.

First, make sure that the grips are the right size for your handlebars. If they’re too small or too big, they won’t fit securely and might even fall off while riding (a dangerous situation). There are two ways to check: either look at the packaging and see if there is a diagram showing how many millimeters each grip should be in width and height; or check if your current grips’ measurements match those of what you are buying—if they do not match up with these measurements, then they will most likely not fit well on your bike either! In general though we recommend using common sense when deciding whether or not something will work as needed—if it doesn’t seem right then try asking someone or doing some research online since there must be some reason why!

Next step? Cleaning! Use a cloth dampened with warm water followed by soap if necessary (some people prefer only mild detergents instead). Once all dirt has been removed from both surfaces—handlebar surface where glue will be applied plus handlebar surface where glue will not stick due to being covered by rubberized material throughout most parts–then apply glue evenly across both surfaces using brush/spatula included inside package (or use small paintbrush). Let dry completely before attaching new grips onto bars themselves; otherwise risk ruining both surfaces which could lead towards failure later down road during riding experience due to wear & tear caused by friction between materials rubbing against each other constantly over time.


If you’re in the market for a new set of bike grips, choosing the right set can be confusing. There are many different types of grips, each with their own features and benefits. From material to thickness and length, there are many factors that need to be considered when choosing the best bicycle handlebars for your needs.

To start, let’s look at grip size: thick or thin? A thicker-grip is usually more comfortable than a thinner one because it offers more cushioning between your hand and handlebar (especially if you have smaller hands). But keep in mind that if you prefer a thinner grip then this may not be an issue for you—the benefit of using smaller handlebars is that they often offer better control over steering while riding faster downhill trails!