Questions tagged [lubricant]

Chain lube, oil, wax, grease, and other slippery stuff for bike components and frames.

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Removing WD40 from disk brakes - possible? [duplicate]

So I was stupid enough to get a fair bit of WD40 on my disk brakes. I tried cleaning them by removing the wheel, cleaning the disk (with soap) and to spray soap in between the brake pads and wiping it ...
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Bike making random noises after being lubricated

I bought a second-hand bicycle two weeks ago. Everything seemed to work like a charm; smooth rides; no noises whatsoever. However, lately I decided to oil it. I think that I put excessive amounts of ...
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What is the consistency of the Finish Line Dry Teflon?

I am doing some test for my home purposes of different lubes, and I was quite surprised I have three bottles of Finish Line Dry Teflon with two different forms. I shook all before applying and the ...
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Lost power when chain is not lubricated properly

Does anybody know how much power is lost when the chain is not lubricated properly? I drive a rather heavy bike and experienced that when the chain is not lubricated it definitely has an effect. Can ...
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Lubricating an alfine 11 IGH hub

I have an almost-new New-Old-Stock Shimano Alfine11 internal geared hub in the rear wheel of my bike. Its on 300 km now, with a first oil change due at 1000 km and then yearly or every 5000 km after ...
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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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Chain lube clean like wax but last like oil?

Is there a lube that is as clean as Wax but last like oil? A bit of context, I ride a mountain bike in norcal, normally I use wax for all my bikes, I've been doing it for years. I do hot laps (7 ...
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Use of an alternative chain lubricant [duplicate]

What is the best chain and gear lubricant used by pro cyclists either for maintenance or for racing and how often is it recommended to apply? I have limited knowledge and so I have always simply used ...
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Lubed Chain getting temporarily seized

I recently cleaned and lubed my chain, havent had a chance to ride it yet, but if I leave the chain alone for a day or 2, it seems to seize up. It takes a lot of effort to backpedal it free. After ...
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Hydraulic brakes accidentally oiled

Please help me. When I'm using my hydraulic brake I hear a weird sound. I think putting oil on it will cure the problem but I guess it just come out worse. After putting oil my brakes they are not ...
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Tools needed to unmount bike pedals

My two pedals are squeaking a bit and probably need to be lubricated. But, I'm not sure which tools I need to buy to unmount them. What's the size of the square drive sockets to get to unmount the ...
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Remove lubricant from seat tube and seat post

I recently bought a second hand bike. It rides pretty well, the only nuisance I have is that the previous owner has spread some lubricant on the seat post. I am pretty sure of this because I see on ...
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Winter grease for extreme cold temperatures

I'm using a fat bike rear hub (Sun Ringle). It malfunctioned twice in less than a month riding everyday in winter ❄️. It stopped turning at all so I had it serviced but then it stopped again when it ...
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If you buy and install a brand-new chain, but never clean or lubricate it, what will happen?

When you buy a new chain, it comes lubricated with a factory-installed grease-type lubricant. This lubricant is similar to hot wax. (Reliable sources — including Sheldon Brown, Shimano, and ...
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Is white spirit a too aggressive degreaser?

Talking with a friend about maintenance on bikes, he told me he uses white spirit to degrease the chain, as it is effective and also offer some kind of waterproofing in case one forgets to lubricate ...
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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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Should I lubricate rear derailleur wheels

Replacing the chain I found that the plastic wheels of the rear derailleur are rotating with high resistance. So I disassembled the wheel, cleaned it from dirt and sprayed with WD-40. Here is how it ...
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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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How much can I reuse paraffin to wax to my chain?

I've been waxing my road and mountain bike chains for a few years now, and have always used just paraffin wax. Typically, I leave the leftover melted wax in the heating element (an old slow cooker) ...
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New Schwinn 700c (bike in a box) assembly

I just got my bike delivered and having more difficulty than I thought putting it together. After buying proper tools it should be okay. Aside from set up tips, does the suggestion about like ...
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Using 5wt suspension oil as lower leg bath

I did a lower leg service on my Rockshox Revelation RC3 2016. Problem is when I added oil to the lower leg on re-assembly I used 5wt oil instead of 15wt oil. Will the 5wt oil have enough lubricity ...
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cleaning v-brake arms with riveted inner sleeve

I've got avid single digit 5 v-brakes, those with an inner sleeve riveted into the arm; the sleeve isn't supposed to move around the pivot, the arm itself moves around the sleeve instead. Arguably due ...
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Lube substitutes for Phil Wood lubricant

I need lube for my new Schwinn Meridian Adult Tricycle that I received as a belated Christmas present. The chain/axle mechanism is making a noise. It may not have ever been lubed! Can I substitute ...
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Will a dehumidifier dry out the lubricants on my bike?

I keep my bike in a utility room at home which doubles a larder, extra storage, a shed, a laundry room etc. etc... It's one of those rooms. But as a laundry room I have a dehumidifier which is running ...
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after heavy rain or washing, which parts of the bike to re-lube and with what? [duplicate]

Good afternoon, I'm a relatively new cyclist and I've been caught out in a heavy rain a few times recently. After this, or if I was to wash my bike thoroughly, I'm not sure which parts of the bike ...
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automotive lubricants (ATF, manual trans fluid, or heavy motor oil) as bike chain lube?

Good afternoon, I'm quite mechanically inclined (formerly an auto mechanic and currently an engineer) but relatively new to cycling. Compared to other contexts I'm familiar with, I've noticed that ...
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Can I use silicon spray to lubricate my hybrid cycle chain?

Can I use silicon spray to lubricate my hybrid cycle chain? (Of course, after de-greasing it using a de-greasing spray) Thank you for your help
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Torpedo duomatic stuck in one gear because of too much grease. How to lubricate correctly?

I have a Speedo Duomatic that has been stuck in one gear the last 10 years. Probably because of too much lube in the wrong places. Now is the time to fix this. Everything is clean and I'm ready to put ...
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Is it ever useful to use lubricating grease with EP additives anywhere on a bike?

In the shops where I buy lubricating grease there are two main kinds: Regular lubricating grease of semi transparent yellowish quality. Lubricating grease with EP additives (Extreme Pressure ...
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Is it possible to over-clean a bike chain?

I've seen it suggested that cleaning a chain too often or too thoroughly is bad for it, in that it removes the lubricant from the innermost parts of the chain, where it's most needed and most ...
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Make a Bike faster

Few months ago I bought this cycle (http://www.gtbicycles.com/usa_en/2014/bikes/mountain/recreational-hardtails/2014-timberline-2-0). Now I would like to make my cycle faster. I would like to know ...
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How good or bad would chainsaw bar lubricant be as a bicycle chain lube?

A former coworker asked me this today, and I don't have a good answer. He has access to plentiful quantities of chainsaw bar lubricant, the stuff that helps a chainsaw's chain move around the metal ...
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Chain lube that won't repaint my legs?

Because I have sometimes spent a lot of time digging around for bike parts and only discovering the existence of something awesome after many hours of browsing, I'm wondering whether there could exist ...
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V Brake does not snap back

The rear brake lever on my hybrid does not seem to snap back after I release as quickly as it used to, and it doesn't release as quickly as the front brake. These are standard Shimano V brakes, in ...
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Is there excessive lubricant on my new rear derailleur?

I just received a new Shimano Deore rear derailleur, which has large gobs of lubricant in two locations (one clearly visible in photo). This seems excessive. Do I leave it, or are they expecting you ...
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Bottom Bracket Lube?

Lately, after my normal wash & lube routine, I've been squirting a little Teflon lube into the bottom bracket hub. I do so without dissembling by inserting the lube straw into the hub crevice. Is ...
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Post cyclo cross race bike cleaning and lubrication for you bottom bracket?

If I wash down my bike after a muddy race cross race or training ride I usually dry everything off and then begin lubricating the chain and sprockets back up once it has dried. The only place I don't ...
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What is the purpose of greasing BB threads?

As is known for Shimano sealed bottom bracket cartages (e.g. page 16 here), if the BB cup is made out of metal, grease should be applied to the frame-cup thread. If the cup is plastic, grease should ...
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what lubricant should I use?

The Jockey and idler of my derailer, are not spinning as freely as I would like. What type of lubricant should I put on these derailer pulleys to make them spin more freely?
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What type of grease to use as general purpose bearing lubricant? [duplicate]

Lithium grease, white litium grease, graphite grease, carbon grease, SRAM`s Liquid O-ring. And those are only the types of greases I have heard about. What type of grease would be suitable for ...
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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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2 size bearings for hub which side of hub gets the bigger or smaller bearings?

The rear axel is a Kung Ten W5ER from a 1999 Trek 4000. The freehub was sticking so I was taking the axle apart to free up / clean / lube the freehub. I noticed after it was apart that there are 2 ...
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Kurt Kinetic Trainer hard to release, should I grease?

I have a kurt Kinetic trainer. I find that it's sometimes hard to remove the bike from the trainer, as the knobs are really hard to turn. I thought about putting grease on the threads which clamp on ...
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Merida Matts TFS 600 original chain lube [closed]

What lubricant does the chain of a Merida TFS 600 bring from its factory?
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Using PTFE spray on rear derailleur springs

Have noticed that the rear derailleur springs and pulleys are picking up lots of road gunk. I use a wax for the chain and as this breaks off I can see it getting stuck on the pulleys. So after ...
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Can I use Kerosene for lubing the cogs and the chain

I recently went to a bike mechanic and he dropped some kerosene on the cog and chain for lubing them. He said that it keeps the dirt off and is quite volatile so will evaporate after sometime leaving ...
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Should I grease press fit attachments?

When two parts are press fit together (e.g., headset cup and head tube, crank arm and bottom bracket, etc.) is it proper to grease the surfaces that will fit together, or not?
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How often should I lube with Pedros Ice Wax? [duplicate]

I'm a usa cycling road racer. I just got a recommended lube Pedros Ice Wax. I ride about 100 miles a week. How often should I lube my chain with it and how often should I clean it?
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Hub grease, white grease, red grease or buy grease?

As i'm going to overhaul my hubs, i'm looking for the right grease for the job. The easy way would be going to a shop and buy some dedicated grease. But searching through my garage, I found that i ...