How do I clean the dirty “sticky” handgrips on my bike?

Donna Lou
by Donna Lou
I scrubbed them with detergent & water. They came clean but are still sticky.

  7 answers
  • Chris Camposano Chris Camposano on Jun 30, 2018

    try Dawn

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jun 30, 2018

    Hi Donna, I think what is happening is your handles are degrading. Try using a wax on them to give them back a finish. or replace them..........

  • 27524803 27524803 on Jun 30, 2018

    I have the same problem with my steering wheel in the summer... sun screen and sweat are the may have to replace them or wrap them with a leather cording ( or a handle bar tape... Google Search: how to wrap bicycle handle bars.... and follow the links

  • Kelly-n-Tony Kelly-n-Tony on Jun 30, 2018

    Unfortunately they probably need replaced. The stickiness usually means the rubber is rotting. The only other option I see is wrapping them with tape. On the other hand these handgrips are pretty cheap to replace.

  • Janice Janice on Jun 30, 2018

    Hi Donna, they are likely made of a rubbery material that is supposed to feel slightly sticky so your hands don't slip off, but to get anything sticky that shouldn't be on them, try using baking soda and water to make a paste and scrub well with that using a kitchen scrubber, then rinse well with vinegar. That should remove any grease, etc. that still adheres to them since you've already scrubbed well.

  • William William on Jun 30, 2018

    Use Goo Gone and a cloth. WD40 will also work. Just make sure you clean the WD40 off or the grips can be slippery.

  • Mike Mike on Jun 16, 2022

    Try a talc! Worked great for me!