Bicycle Mechanics - Just a idea (lube)
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01-30-12, 05:46 PM
Since I have new spd-sl pedals on way. I wondered if its fine to apply paintball marker grease on threads and screw it into crank. The grease I'm using is hater
I'm asking if it's fine to use paintball grease...
Dunno. Someone will know.
Promise not to shoot paintballs while riding a bike.
Bill in Houston
01-30-12, 06:58 PM
can't see why not.
01-30-12, 07:01 PM
Should be ok...
01-30-12, 07:03 PM
If it's all you have, I guess it's better than nothing.
In my memory Dow Molykote 33 grease (http://www.theoringstore.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=11309&zenid=9mjthj38alifvc8oct9mfbteq2), in common use for paintball markers, has been recommended as the best lube for cycling in Arctic conditions.
01-30-12, 07:57 PM
Wow, flashback. I used to use Molykote for .177 target air rifle indoor competitions a long, long time ago.
01-30-12, 08:16 PM
As long as it doesn't have anything weird in it like threadlocker it'll be fine.
Seems pricy though, you might be better off picking up a small tub of automotive or boat trailer grease for all your thread greasing needs.
The requirements for thread lube are so low that almost anything will do.
I have a question though, why would you use another expensive grease if you're not sure? Unless you already happen to own some.
01-31-12, 06:31 AM
Frankly, even Vasoline (petroleum jelly) will work as a thread lube if you don't have any regular grease. I was wondering if the Molykote would work as a wheelbearing grease for a winter bike. I really notice how much stiffer the bike is at 10-degrees F than it is above freezing.
01-31-12, 09:51 AM
I really notice how much stiffer the bike is at 10-degrees F than it is above freezing.
Are you sure it's the bike and not you at that temperature? :)
I was wondering if the Molykote would work as a wheelbearing grease for a winter bike. I really notice how much stiffer the bike is at 10-degrees F than it is above freezing.
At such temperatures I suspect that the primary issue is that of the grease being dirty and the dirt solidifying due to a water content, rather than with the grease itself.
I've experienced this as well, when using cheap, thick (but clean and water-free) grease in my hubs at very cold temperatures. It takes a few minutes for everything to warm up enough and start moving properly.
This shouldn't be a problem if you use thinner or fancier grease (Phil grease seems to work well all the time), or if you don't regularly ride at temperatures below perhaps -25C/-13F. At those temperatures, bikes normally have bigger problems to deal with (like sticky freehub pawls, mechs, and cables). At higher temperatures (above -20C/-4F), I rarely have cold-related mechanical difficulties.
01-31-12, 08:27 PM
You can't beat plumbers Teflon tape for threaded connections. Cheap never dries out doesn't attract dirt. Ed
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