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Should square taper cranks be greased before installation?

There’s a fierce debate over whether the interface between a square taper spindle and crankarm should be lubricated or not. Adding to that, everyone seems to have their own take on the issue. Here’s ...
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What do I do if I get chain lube on my brake pads?

I was being extremely stupid and accidentally applied a little chain lube to my brake pads? I tried to sand them down a little and cleaned the disc rotor with rubbing alcohol, but the performance is ...
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What range of rotational speed for bike wheel bearings?

This document from SKF expresses bearing speed in terms of 'n dm', see screenshot below. As rotational speed of the bearing is important for grease selection, what range of rotational speeds do ...
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What do I need to grease when assembling a new bike?

I just took delivery of my first road bike. I guess it's an entry-level to intermediate level bike. I need to do a bit of assembly, and there weren't any instructions. It seems reasonably ...
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Should there be grease in my steel frame's tubes?

I've taken apart a road bike from the 70s with a (french) ball bearing bottom bracket. Looking inside I found (what I thought to be) absurd amounts of grease in the tubes coming into the bottom ...
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Grinding sound from rear quick release

I heard a grinding noise from the rear wheel on my mountain bike. I took out the quick release and saw that it's full of dust. Before my last long ride, I serviced my rear hub by removing the cassette,...
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Do I need to put some grease on free hub or keep it dry?

I have a dilemma with put on some grease on the freehub body or not. Because some people recommend to keep it dry?
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Less than perfect bike grease for bolts and pedals

I understand that a good grease for bike bolts is the Parktool grease. The "gel squeeze threadlocker blue" pictured below is sold at my corner hardware store for curbside pick-up. Will this do to ...
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Can I use Danco waterproof grease sold for plumbing and faucets to lube seat posts and pedal threads?

I have this tube of lube lying around, which is good for plumbing fixtures. If this is good enough, I don't have to go out to hunt for bike grease during shelter in place.
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Greasing a roller brake in a difficult spot!

I have a Gazelle cargo bike with Shimano Nexus roller brakes. I know these need to be greased fairly regularly. Unfortunately the bar from the carrier is right on top of the hole for adding the brake ...
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What to use on saddle clamp?

I'm purchasing a new seat-post as my saddle refused to stay at the same angle with my current one; it was a second hand bike (B'Twin Triban 500) with a single bolt clamp. I'm going to switch to a two ...
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Which grease should be used between plastic and bearings?

I have taken apart an older Shimano 105 brake calliper, there are tiny bearings that sit inside the piece of plastic as shown in the image. Is 'standard' teflon bike grease appropriate here, or should ...
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My old pedals don't spin freely, is it worth lubing them?

I have a bike that has been left outside and unmaintained for a while, so now I'm trying to fix it back up. One thing I notice is that the pedals don't spin freely if I flick them with my foot. I don'...
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Can I grease a crank spindle/bracket without disassembling the crank set?

A bit of history: the grooves on the spindle are partially destroyed/skewed by cycling with a loose crank, so I applied a lot of force to a hexdriver to get the crank arm on. Now, it would be quite ...
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is this grease usable for bikes?

i want to buy some grease for my bike and i found this kind of grease. i think those grease are for cars so it might be different from the grease for bicycles but im not sure. if that grease is not ...
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Suitable bicycle grease for aluminium and steel materials?

I hope you enjoy your day. A few days after of using my bike I have some troubling feeling about it. I can hear a cracking sound or something similar, and on the internet I found out the cause. I ...
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With what material should I fix a creaking sound on one of the pedals?

I recently (about 2 weeks ago) changed from regular road clipless pedals to SPD clipless pedals on my road bike. I didn't have time to change them myself so I just asked one of the workers to put it ...
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Coaster brake heat management and lubrication

I've heard that coaster brakes can reach high temperatures, so it desirable to use grease designed for high temperature applications. My questions are: Would a grease labeled max 220 °C be good ...
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Degreaser and oil recommendations for Nexus 8

Morning! i read a few articles about how to clean and lube the nexus 8, but i didnt found a good degreaser here i can leave my internal hub inside for a hour at least to breakdown the old grease, ...
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Grease for hub bearings? (NLGI grade)

I know this question has been asked many times on here and other bike forums. I'm struggling to find a proper answer. The NLGI basically refers to the thickness of a grease. I have some lithium ...
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Which threaded fasteners on a bike should not be lubricated?

I have the habit of lubricating most screws on a bike with whatever grease I have laying around, except those which aren't meant to be tightened completely, there I use threadlocker (for example the ...
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Wheels don't move freely after installing pinhead skewers

So I just installed pinhead locking skewers on my bike, using the instruction manual. But the wheels now have a large amount of friction. I installed all the pieces as tightly as possible, could that ...
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Best grease for drum brake?

I have a city bike and it started doing some weird noises when brake. I talked to my local bike shop and they said I should use some specific grease. Unfortunately in the place where I am currently ...
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Is it usual for grease to contract in cold weather?

I bought the 16oz size PolyLube 1000. When I first opened it it was full to the top. A couple weeks ago, I opened it again and found it collapsed in the container, shown in the picture. Is it ...
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Spring side fork grease

First post here and also first time servicing my forks, which are 2006 Marzocchi Dirt Jam Pro. I was wondering if anyone knows what kind of grease i should be using for the spring in the left leg. ...
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What is the equivalent for Shimano Roller Brake grease?

I'd like to regrease my roller brakes, because it started to squeak. There is dedicated Shimano Roller Brake grease available, but I'm curious what kind of grease it is really like, what it is made ...
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Is Park Tool Polylube “waterproof”?

I just ordered Park Tool PPL-2 Polylube 1000 Grease Tub (1 Lb) from my LBS. I was surprised when they didn't call it waterproof and tried to steer me to a Phil Wood product as the waterproof one, ...
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What qualities of bicycle bearing grease?

What are the qualities of bicycle bearing grease that make it suitable for that use? (The reason I ask is that I need to get some and I'd rather get the non-bike equivalent grease at the auto parts ...
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Which grease is for what?

I used to think as simple as lubcirants and grease, now that I'm off to buy grease to assemble a bike I'm confronted with dozens of different types of greases. Does it matter what grease I buy? If ...
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Preventing staining of clothes when carrying bike

Is there any reliable way to carry a bike (of non-insignificant weight) without ruining the clothes one's wearing? I live in a part of the world where millions of people ride in plain clothes every ...
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Is graphite grease suitable for bicycle bearings?

The Wikipedia article doesn't explicitly list the applications of graphite grease. Would it be suitable for bicycle bearings and threads? Furthermore, I went ahead and purchased a single package (the ...
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What kind of grease is that?

So I just managed to remove the fork from the old frame I'm renovating. In the headset bearings, the grease looks odd! See these tiny metal balls? At least it looks like that... Is that on purpose, ...
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What do I grease and what do I lubricate?

I always thought grease was a means of lubricating, but based on the reading I've been doing here it seems they are different things. So now I'm wondering, what parts should I grease and what parts ...
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Automotive brake grease

There are a lot of questions related to using automotive grease on bikes. The answers seem to be split between "well, at least you are greasing your bike" and "use the right grease for the job". This ...
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Difference between grease

Is there a sensible difference between special bike grease (i.e. park tool grease) and grease used in vehicles? Is it worth (when speaking about cheap bikes) spending 10 times more money for special ...