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    trimming poles

    Anyone want to share their experience chopping poles down to size. The two pair I got for christmas are about two inches too long for my short pole steeze. Suggestions on pulling the handles off and then securing them back on?


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    if they wont twist off, put them in boiling water and that should release the glue.

    a small pipe cutter works best for cutting the pole


    super glue should be enough to keep them on when you put them back on
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    use a pipe cutter or pole cutter to cut them down
    they are about 10-15 at the ahrdware store

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    Sit down, put the sharp end of the pole under your arm extending the sharp end behind you. Put both feet together with the soles of your shoes clamped on the pole just down from the grip. Grab the pole with both hands and yank backwards using your feet to push the grip off. Heating helps, leave them over a register etc...if you can't yank them off. I spit in the grips, goes on easy and once dried works great for a glue and is not totally unremovable if future adjustments are needed. 3rd'd on the pipe cutter, works the best, pass on any bladed saw. Every home mechanic/plumber should have one anyway.
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    If they are carbon fiber poles wrap the area you want to cut with duct tape and cut them with a hacksaw.
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    ^ i slightly disagree

    wrap in something more like electrical tape that isnt fibrous like duct tape
    then cut with something that uses abrasive media, like a dremel cutting disc.

    id also say to wear gloves and a dust mask and probably some light eye protection just to keep the dust out. Carbon dust is about as friendly as working with fiberglass insulation in my experience.

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    To each his own, but this isn’t rocket surgery. With duct tape and a hacksaw you don’t need a dust mask or eye protection. The point is to keep the fibers from shredding.
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    Slide the pole inbetween a door just above the top hinge and give a nice hard yank and the handle will pop right off. If you own a hacksaw use that to cut the pole. Gorilla glue,super glue ect to glue grip back on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StormRider View Post
    The point is to keep the fibers from shredding.
    exactly.
    which is why using a method to cut that has teeth isnt ideal
    id abdicate to using a metal style band saw though, using a slow feed rate.

    itll work and probably not much matter your way, but id probably want to take it to a belt sander afterwards or something similar if i used a hacksaw.

    ive gotten stabbed by carbon splinters a couple times (not from ski poles) and its not fun.

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    I've only cut down Scott poles, but the grips pulled off with a bit of muscle and have stayed on no problem, without additional glue. Use whatever you have hand to cut them, as a straight edge isn't really critical.
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    Pull the handle off - hot water helps loosen it.

    Get Dremel tool with cutting wheel. Works on carbon fiber too.

    Go crazy. And don't forget eye protection.
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    *****WARNING*****

    Make sure the pole isn't tapering where you are going to make the cut. You'd feel like a world class moron when you go to put the grips back on and they're too big.

    And I have used a bucket of hot soapy water to get the grips off and a hacksaw with great success. Use a little masking tape to mark your cut and keep the edges clean. No glue needed to put the grip back on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MTslackcountry View Post
    Slide the pole inbetween a door just above the top hinge and give a nice hard yank and the handle will pop right off. If you own a hacksaw use that to cut the pole. Gorilla glue,super glue ect to glue grip back on.
    use this method for all the scott poles i have cut down, i just never used glue. Grips haven't fallen the first pair i ever did, and thats three years ago.
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    this thread is the very definition of overthinking a simple problem.

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    Trimming BD Traverse Poles

    Thought I would bump this thread to see if anyone has looked at trimming the Traverse poles. I bought a set for touring with a splitboard and would ideally like to have them a little shorter so they don't stick up so much. I would probably trim the lower section so it can slide in and compact further, any problem not press-fitting the plug back in? I can provide pictures if needed. Thanks.

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    It's been my experience that you don't need glue to put the handle back on.
    Frequently they're not glued on in the first place.
    If you need a rubber mallet or some kind of hard banging (hehe) to get the pole handle back on, it's not gonna come off by accident.
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    Hairspray works pretty well to lube things up so the grips slide back on easily, then gets all sticky to hold the grips on.

    You're giving this way too much thought.
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    This is getting as repetitive as good hand job,....Heh, Heh,

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgb@etree View Post
    Hairspray works pretty well to lube things up so the grips slide back on easily, then gets all sticky to hold the grips on.
    Just like new grips for the bike. DON'T use soap it takes forever to dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jgb@etree View Post
    Hairspray works pretty well to lube things up so the grips slide back on easily, then gets all sticky to hold the grips on.
    I put some mushroom grips on a bike using hairspray decades ago , they slid on easy and stuck great UNTIL it rained then the grips slide all over the bar til the grips dry and they did this repeatedly for 20yrs till I replaced the grips last spring

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