Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Oxford, UK or Mountain View, Ca
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LBS once had several days worth trying to free a cartridge BB from my Dawes racer - from new I dont think this bike had been assembled with ANY grease or anti-seize compound. I am a grease obsessive when it comes to bike assembly, it certainly helps a lot when things need to be removed later.
Anti seize compound (coppa-slip etc.) is recommended for BB threads, although good grease is better than nothing. I use marine trailer wheel bearing grease for everything else, after its repeated recommendation on this forum by Raiyn. Even went so far as to import a can back to the UK - it's great stuff and cheap!
Cheers & good luck with the bike,
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