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Andrew: excellent article.
Monel wire is great although I’ve never found a reasonably priced source of it — not since I persuaded an aircraft mechanic to sell me a part roll of 0.032” monel (20ga) about 45 years ago.
Stainless steel (0.032”) works great on grips. My preference: 2 wraps in 3 places. If the glue ever fails, the grips may move, but not much. And slowly.
I’ve tried inner tube patching cement as Renthal Grip glue seems very, very similar. I think the longevity is comparable.
My Kevlar push-on grips niw need regluing after nearly 2 years.
Hint to remove push-on grips w/o cutting: sharpen a wooden chopstick (ideally bamboo) with a pencil sharpener. Start working that under the grip. When you gain a cm or three, squirt in Windex. Push chopstick in at various o’clock positions, keep the Windex squirting.
Often, the grip will come lose in a minute. A spare pair of old worn grips is better than nothing if the “good” grips are ripped to shreds.
Keep these great tech articles flowing
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