Bicycle Mechanics - good refillable precision oiler??
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do they make such a thing and where can you get one?
IM starting to winter bike and im thinking that id like to put a dot of lube on each spoke thread when the the bike is put away. THis should let the lube coat the thread and hopefully keep my wheels / spokes from crudding up or rusting. THe wheels are old cheap heavy wheels but id rather not deal with having to replace the just beacause of lack of maintenence.
I know what you are thinking......the oil will only run down the spoke onto the hub (for those with the nipples up). My thought would be only do the downward facing spokes after a ride. Eventually ill get them all covered.
Also...this tool might be handing for oiling up my trigger shifters here and there throughout the winter....as well as the pivot points on my front and rear derailueurs.
11-20-11, 02:38 PM
Having Glaucoma medications in small Eye Drop vials, I have dozens of empty ones.
Triflow comes with a little tube you can cram in the nozzle each time you take the cap off.
11-20-11, 02:40 PM
Maybe something like this? (http://www.unitedbicyclesupply.com/index.cgi?id=79220447069&d=single&item_id=WS-6903&c=Shop_Aids&sc=Workshop_Supplies&tc=Containers)
I have a couple of them and they work great for light oil, but the needle is so fine, it's hard to drip a high visc oil out of it.
Any shop with a UBS account can get you one. They show in stock right now.
11-20-11, 04:05 PM
Techni-Tool www.techni-tool.com has the identical bottle, part number 758CH011, if the LBS can't/won't get them for you. They also carry a large selection of alternatives.
11-20-11, 04:55 PM
Here's another source: http://www.biketoolsetc.com/index.cgi?id=792628311353&d=single&c=Shop-Aids&sc=Workshop-Supplies&tc=Containers&item_id=WS-6904
I use and like these from Brownells.
The round ones from Brownells, which is exactly like the one in post #3 can be too hard to squeeze due to it's roundness, but the one I linked is excellent for dropping exact amount of chainlubes on chains and necessary pivot points on bicycles.
if nothing, you save the money spent on the oiler bottles by not wasting lubricants.
Old-school, but effective -
11-20-11, 09:29 PM
10 or 20cc leur lock syringe and a 22 ga 1.5 inch needle. You can get them at any veterinary supply store or sometimes you can find the syringes with a blunt needle at a hobby shop for exactly the purpose you describe. If you get a regular needle, file the tip flat for safety. Gun shops or hobby shops specializing in RC vehicles or model trains may have other small precision oilers as well.
11-21-11, 01:13 PM
Old-school, but effective -
+1 I've got one similar to this that was originally made for sewing machines. Very fine tip, o-ring seal on the cap and nice chrome finish.
I've used a Tri-Flow bottle with applicator tube for spoke nipples and the drop size is small enough that it immediately gets pulled into the gap between spoke and nipple, then soaks into the threads over time.
I refill the bottle with 10-30 and some mineral spirits to thin it down a bit seasonally.
This is the lube I attack any used-bike purchase with, hitting all the threaded parts, pivots, pulleys (flood 'em), bearings and unlined cables. Great prep for any wheel-trueing/tensioning. Then I wait a day or three so everything's happily lubed.
Never squeeze these bottles hard or the stopper will blow out. :bang:
this deal from tri flow?
looks like a neat product.....
refillable as well.
Or are you refering to another product?
That thing is just a few cc?
I use the black plastic squeeze bottle, 2oz at least.
I also use that oiler "pen", but I get Shimano's with their green oil.
I don't like doing too much with these as they usually crack from squeezing.
11-23-11, 12:57 PM
Visine eye drop bottle,available everywhere,$1
Unless you want a needle oiler,Brownells makes good ones,but they are not $1
If you oil the nipples and go for a ride,if it can get in there,it will.
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