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

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Can non-brake silicone lube be a good substitute for hydraulic seal lubricants in brakes?

Hope suggest using Hunter silicone lubricant (SC960) when assembling pistons, etc, on their (DOT 5.1) hydraulic brakes. It is supposed to be easily available but it took me a while to find some at a ...
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Seat post keeps sliding down after cleaning and lubricating folding bike

The last time I used my folding bike I gave it a thorough clean, and used WD-40 on the moving parts and then lubricated them again with a silicone-based lubricant spray. This is an eleven-year old ...
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After I lubricate my chain, I hear a gritty, sandy crunching sound coming from the chain and chainring. What am I doing wrong?

I tend to lubricate my chain about every 150-200 miles based on the conventional wisdom and general guidance I've read and heard. I have been using Rock N Roll Gold lube for some time, as it's been ...
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0W-20 engine oil for freewheel pawls?

Has anyone tried 0W-20 engine oil for the pawls when servicing a Shimano freewheel? Would it gum up the mechanism? Also interested in how long lasting it would be as I don’t plan to service this ...
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What is the lowest total cost way to lubricate a chain? [closed]

I know there are numerous different ways of lubricating a chain. Some prefer to remove the factory grease from a chain and lubricate it with a different lubricant immediately, others use the factory ...
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Lubricant spill on disc brake

As the title suggests, I was lubricating the gears and chain, and I accidentally dropped some of the oil on the rear brake disc. I didn't notice it then, and took the bike out for a spin. That's when ...
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Prepping pedals when installing

I am moving my pedals from one bike to another, and removing them caused a lot of frustration. I had greased them before hand with some basic automotive grease, and the threads were still greasy when ...
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What's the power loss to a squeaky chain?

I've got an almost new chain, but forgot to oil it before today's ride. It would probably have been fine except for repeated dunkings in muddy water early on. Later in the ride it developed a ...
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Homemade bicycle remedies [closed]

essential shops are closed, has anyone got any household remedies for any problems with your bike? ie: lubrication, rust removal degreasers well any homemade or household stuff uses for your bike.
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Sprayed Lubricant on Hydraulic Brakes, how to clean? [duplicate]

I was spraying some lubricant on my chain and accidentally sprayed on my hydraulic brakes and it affects my bikes braking power massively. How do I clean this off?
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White graphite (hBN) a worthwhile chain lube?

Hexagonal boron nitride, a.k.a. white graphite, is non-toxic, very very slippery, tends to stick to metal, tends to not have other substances stick to it, and seems to have worked very well in my ...
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Crank-arm fell off *after lube*

Background I've had my bike for several years and it's been fine with moderate use, but this summer, I ended up using it a lot (I rode almost 200km in less than three weeks). Problem It started ...
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Data on cable lubricant

Chain lubrication is a popular topic. Perhaps for this reason, it is possible to find data for chain friction and chain lubrication. Some of the results of the research are quite interesting. I'm ...
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How does lubricating your chain help protect your cassette and chainrings from wearing too?

I just got my mountain bike back from the shop after a frame warranty, and they replaced my chain as it was apparently worn (2x11). They recommended changing the cassette and chainrings while I was at ...
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When using a ptfe & paraffin waxed chain, does the casette require any lube?

I'm going to give chain waxing with PTFE and paraffin a shot as I'm sick of filthy dirty hands when I get a puncture. I've read quite about about the process of cleaning the chain and applying the wax ...
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Does greasing the threads of an inline barrel adjuster cause slippage?

I am considering adding a hint of grease to an inline barrel adjuster. When the barrel adjuster (C) fully gobbles up the metal threads (B), it can be hard to determine whether turning the barrel ...
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I went riding almost immediately after applying Squirt Lube (wax-based) on a brand new chain, should I degrease my chain and reapply?

I replaced my old chain with a new chain (factory lube removed) this morning. I applied Squirt lube, a wax-based The instructions for new chains read "wait until dry". I don't know how long that ...
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Should I be worried about sand in the chain?

This is about my daughter's (10yo) bike. It's fairly new, maybe about a year old (bought it off a relative who changed her mind). We're no active sporting family, but with this social distancing and ...
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Wax lubricant - what components need wax applied to them, and what is the recommended re-application procedure?

With a wax lubricant like paraffin or molten speed wax, what parts should have wax applied to them, and what is the recommended re-application process? I've heard some pretty different procedures ...
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Lithium grease for bicycle chain?

In the local hardware store I found this ultra cheap lithium soap grease. Can I use this for lubrication of my bicycle chain?
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Ultrasonic cleaner power requirements, for cleaning chains before waxing

This question is a follow-up to Ultrasonic cleaner advice, for cleaning chains before waxing. I plan to lubricate my chains by immersion in molten paraffin wax. The advantages and disadvantages are ...
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(How) should I wax my cassette along with my chains?

A while back I got myself a 5kg block of paraffin (this being the smallest the candlemaking supplies store had to offer) to wax my chains. Then it hit me that the cassettes I have been using are ...
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Should I use cheap or expensive lubricant?

I'm hoping for either a scientific paper that has looked into this, or at least some plausible statistics from enthusiasts. This is definitely related to my other question Can I use WD40 and generic ...
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Always Lubricate Skewers?

I'm replacing the quick release skewers on my bike with allen key skewers for a little security. Clearly the old skewers were well greased and it sounds pretty standard to grease them. There are ...
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What type of lubricant/grease is most suitable for brake and shift cables?

I bought this lube some time back when I cleaned the bearings in my rear wheel: Now I am replacing all the cables on my bike and the instructions say to use white lithium grease. While I was at the ...
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What is this oil? (wet lube)

I needed wet lube for my chain, so I went to my local cycle store and bought the following pictured Shimano wet lube. Back home, out of curiosity, I "googled" it, and surprisingly enough, I didn't ...
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What kind of rags to clean drivetrain?

Currently I'm re-reading through Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance. He mentions using rags to clean the chain, cogs, jockey wheels and the rest of the drivetrain. Just wondering what kind of ...
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Clearing excess wax from chain links

Is there a simple way to clear excess wax from between the links of freshly dipped chains? When I pull my chain out there's a pretty decent coating I can wipe off. The interior stays full of wax even ...
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Alternative uses for RockShox fork oil

I currently have a small bottle of red RockShox 15wt fork oil left over. As I no longer own a RockShox fork, this oil seems pretty useless to me. (Fox specifies different oil weights, and I can't ...
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Appropriate oil viscosity for the inside of a freewheel body

Without taking one apart, I have seen people spraying WD40 into a freewheel body to clear it out, and then dripping Phil's tenacious oil into it for lubrication. The thickest stuff I have available at ...
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Chain Waxing - Strainer / Colander / Other?

How do you keep your chain out of the muck when re-waxing it? I've been using this colander: There's an unperforated section around where it bends at the bottom. At first I had it in the bottom of ...
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Chain Wax Consistency

I'm looking for some help on what is the right consistency for a paraffin wax based chain lubricant? I followed ozcycle's guide as closely as I could. After ~200km of riding in the dry you could run ...
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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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What substance do they use to grease bottom bracket, crank, pedal bolts etc?

When watching bike assembly videos I wonder what substance do they use to grease carving of bottom bracket, fork, crank, pedals etc? Here is video and screenshot example:
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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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