Questions tagged [lubricant]

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

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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 ...
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Difference between wet and dry chain lube [duplicate]

I was in a bike shop recently asking for dry lube, and the sales guy told me that the wet/dry distinction is just one that Finishline uses for their product lines, not an actual distinction between ...
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How to lubricate cables?

What is the best way to lubricate gear and brake cables in their tubular housings? Up until now, I've used CRC/WD-40 with an extension tube and attempted to squirt the lubricant into the tube housings....
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Bike washed with pressure washer. How to recover?

I lent my bike to a friend of mine who washed it with a pressure washer. I already replaced the bowden case, which prevented me from using the brakes due to the washed out lubrication. I lubricated ...
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Should I repack the hub bearings on new wheels with quality grease?

The wheels in question are inexpensive ($100/pair) alloy wheels. If the answer is "yes", do you have an recommendations for grease? Currently I'm using "Finish Line Grease with Teflon" for most of my ...
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How do I fix stiff dual-pivot brakes?

I have Shimano 105 Dual Pivot brakes on my bike. They are pretty old (~7 years), and, although I ride the bike very regularly, I do not use the rear brake much and it has become stiff. (By stiff, I ...
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Mystery grease source - Alfine 11, Gates Belt drive, Shimano bottom bracket

I have a 2012 Spot Acme and it's been great, everything is still smooth and working well into its second winter. However I picked it up to bring it into the office a week ago and noticed grease all ...
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What should I look for when buying chain lube / lubricant?

In the past, I personally have only used WD-40. However, I have occasionally had my bicycle looked over at the locally run, free service sessions and most of the mechanics there use a hand applied ...
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Should cheap suspension forks be oiled often?

Should a cheap fork be oiled / lubricated from time to time? If yes, how?
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Daily Adjusted Seatpost for Trainer Bike

I just got Nashbar's Ascent Fluid trainer and put an old big-box store bike on it that nobody was using, so now I've got kind of a permanent trainer bike which is nice. The problem: me and my partner ...
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How to clean rubber and plastic parts with sticky, thick teflon-based lube stains?

I once lubed inside a Grip Shifter with Finish Line teflon lube, and used that for a long time. Now I disassembled everything, and the outer rubber part is quite stained and sticky. I tried to brush ...
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Reusable gloves for bike repairs?

I'm looking to degrease/lube the chain, adjust disc brakes, clean, etc. at home, but don't want to get my hands dirty. (Zinger alert.) Are there any special re-usable gloves for this kind of bike ...
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Chain Lube Compatibility?

I bought the bike used, so I am not sure what chain lube was used in the past. I used Tri-flow Superior Lubricant once but may wish to experiment with other lubes in the future (Finish Line Teflon, ...
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Can oil/grease damage tires?

I've noticed a small puddle of light oil beneath the rear wheel of our Rohloff-equipped tandem. I'm told that a small amount of leakage is normal and I'm not worried about that. The issue is that a ...
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How to lubricate noisy joint on Dahon foldable bike?

My Dahon foldable bike makes a huge noise whenever I fold the frame and unfold it. I tried spraying a lubricant into the joint. I do not know if the problem is continuing because the lubricant went ...
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Using WD40 for cleaning (not lubricating..)

I plan on cleaning/re-greasing my rear derailleur this weekend, something I've never done before. I watched a video on youtube.. the guy wiped it clean first, then used a spray lube (dry I assume?!) ...
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Lubricating screw/braze-on threads: Bike lube or polylube?

Years ago, I made the newbie mistake of forcing a rack screw into a steel braze-on. I had to replace that fork. And I've heard this advice many times: When putting a screw into a braze-on, put a ...
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Advice for servicing a Scott Sub 10 [8 speed Alfine hub gear]

I purchased a Scott Sub 10 last year and use it almost every day for commuting doing around 12 miles a day. I'd say I've done around 2000 miles since purchasing it last Summer. I am going to take ...
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How should I lubricate my Shimano freewheel?

I have a Shimano freewheel (MX-30) that came with my bike from new. Unfortunately the internals got all gunked up and it stopped working (never engaged and became free both ways). I have bought and ...
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How to properly clean and lube the bearings on a sram apex bottom bracket (GXP)?

For this bottom bracket type I am not sure you can take the bearings out to lube them. How do I get grease in there. Also how do I get the old grease out? Does it even matter? I found this video (...
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Is a self cleaning lube enough for chain maintenance?

I've been trying to figure out what I should use when cleaning my bicycle chain. When I first purchased my bike, I knew I needed to lube my chain when i did regular maintenance. I purchased some ...
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Can I use gear oil on my chain?

I don't have any chain oil right now, but I have some gear oil left over from working on my car. Would it be an effective chain lubricant? It's listed as 80W90, but reading the Wikipedia article ...
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Is there a specific grease for titanium frames?

I have recently rebuilt my road bike on a second-hand Seven Cycles Alaris titanium frame. I used a fairly standard hydrophobic grease throughout but I have been told I should use a titanium-specific ...
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Which lubricant/grease to use for ball bearings?

A little mishap happened today during cleaning my bicycle. I tried to take off the sprocket wheel for easier access, but instead I opened the lock nut of the hub (cassette type) and the balls came out....