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Old 01-18-06, 10:05 AM   #1
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concise list of lubrication points?

A while back my girlfriend and I found a pair of matching roadbikes on the side of the road. which is perfect, because, while we typicaly mountain bike, we've been wanting to get into roadbikes since we just moved to a flat smooth street with a pretty generous bike lane. the bikes look to be from the early 80s, possibly late 70s. Free Spirits, heh heh, department store bikes, real crappy crimped frames but with pretty nice shimano components.

anyway... the bikes look pretty old, but barely ridden, very little rust, so we're going to tear them apart and put them back together, cleaning and lubing as we go. And we're hoping there is a concise list of all the parts we should be lubing, and whether we should use oil or grease, stuff like that. I don't want to miss something important.

Also I'm wondering if it's safe to use brakleen on bike components, i'm an auto mechanic, and from the school of "brakleen everything before you put it back together." heh heh.
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Old 01-18-06, 10:09 AM   #2
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generally anything with threads you want to use grease. moving parts use a little oil. depending on how far you want to get into it - check out the park tools website. they have pretty good articles about bike repair. definitely check that out if you're going to be pulling cranks, replacing BBs, working on headsets, etc...
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Headset, hubs, and bottom bracket should all be greased, not oiled.
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for threads, anti-sieze from autozone tops everything. Degrease everything.
Grease your hubs, headset, bottom bracket, and pedal bearings. Grease/antisize the seatposts.
Put a drop of oil on each of the der links/pins, shifter pivots, brake lever pivots, caliper pivots. You should probably replace the cable/housing, or at least shine the cable with fine steel wool and lube up.
I reccoment triflow for an oil, phil wood or finishline grease.
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good tips, thanks all.

in my experience, you gotta be careful with anti-seize, you don't want to put it on anything that could shake off. Like I would never put it on the nut that holds the wheel on. but probably like adjuster screws and stuff like that.
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