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    What type of bearing grease do you use?

    Okay so its been about a year since i overhauled a bearing but i overhauled a pair of SR track pedals the other day. I cleaned all old grease (it was suprizingly clean, probably just needed tightening) and repacked with Rock N Roll Red Devil All Purpose Grease. I reassembled and spun -- they sounded a little 'dry'. The adjustment was perfect, zero play but not tight or notchy either. I'm not really sure how to say this, but they made audible noise when spun and I didn't feel the 'hydraulic resistance' freshly overhauled stuff usually has. I put enough grease for sure, but it felt 'thinner' than the old dried out quiet grease.

    i've used red devil for many other hubs, bbs, headsets etc, and never really noticed a dry feel. maybe these cups & cones just need thicker grease. any thoughts?

    what is the best bearing grease in everyone's opinion?
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    "Everyone's opinion" is going to be about ten million different answers. This subject comes up about once a month; do a search and see what I mean.

    FWIW I use cheap automotive bearing grease from Manny, Moe & Jack; $3 for a 5 lb can that will last longer that I will. If it can handle the heat and stress generated by automobile bearings and brakes I think it can stand up to the rigors of a bicycle hub...
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    +1 for the Boys. I use marine bearing grease, it is a little tackier than regular bearing grease, and resists water better. About the same price at the Boys.
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    whatever you do, don't buy it at a bike shop. their grease is crazy expensive. auto suply is your best bet.

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    Another vote for automotive grease. I use a cheap 1 lb can of valvoline EP grease. This one can seems to last forever.
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    Beh i'm lookin at a tube of phil wood bearing grease. $5.

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    One advantage of the "bike shop" stuff is that it tends to come in tubes, whereas the auto parts shop stuff comes in tubs . . . easier to keep the tube free of dirt, dust, and other contaminants. The price diff is not that much. I bought a tube of Phil's about a year ago and I don't think I've used even 1/3 of it yet.
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    was wondering while im reading this

    would it be alright to put some white "rock and roll lube" which is their grease....

    inside my hugi240 freehub...

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    I agree with 'nother. Less mess on me and the bike. I use Parks. $5.00-$6.00. So it's expensive, compared to the tub Pep Boys has. I have one of those too, for the last 20 years!!! The lid is cracked and just too much mess. I rather spend $5.00-$6.00 every couple of years for one tube. Just my opinion of what I think works.
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    I work in an LBS. We use white lithium marine grease. Good stuff.

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    Any NLGI 2 auto grease will work for general bike use.

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    i'm actually surprised to hear that no one uses Pedros SynGrease, Rock N Roll Super-Web (the white one), Finish Line Teflon grease, Park PolyLube, etc.

    So is the marine lube synthetic? waterproof?

    Has anyone had the 'thin' issue with Rock N Roll Red Devil Grease?
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    We were talking about grease, not lube.

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    Pedros syngrease is OK stuff I guess, but man does it smell bad. That guano has to be toxic, it always gives me a headache whenever I have a tub of it open. I use phils because it's what my local shop has in tubes, but it's probably not as uber-high quality as the price would suggest. Whoever is mixing it up for them uses a lot of clay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rat_factory
    i'm actually surprised to hear that no one uses Pedros SynLube, Rock N Roll Super-Web (the white one), Finish Line Teflon, Park PolyLube, etc.

    So is the marine lube synthetic? waterproof?

    Has anyone had the 'thin' issue with Rock N Roll Red Devil Grease?

    first of all i said i used rock and roll *white*.

    and red devil is the best there is on the market

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    I have a tub and a few tubes of phil grease that I use for pretty much everything around the shop...great on toast, too!

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    I use a tube of Park Polylube. It's held up better than any other I've tried. It's worked in Tucson summers and held up fine through 2,000 kilometers of winter commuting in Maine.
    I had a tub of Shimano yellow grease, didn't open it up for a while, and when I did it had begun to separate, there was a pool of runny liquid on top. Same thing happened to a tube of Phil grease. After I got about 2/3 through the tube, runny liquid would come out before any solid stuff came out.

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    Quaker state wheel bearing grease, it works on 1/2 to 5 tonne trucks, so I think it's good enought to service on a bike.

    I steal some from the mechanics and put it in a diaper cream jar, or a glue syringe, works great.

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    High temp disc brake bearing grase for cars. It will last longer and is less likely to be damaged by water.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmoneyhobbit
    was wondering while im reading this

    would it be alright to put some white "rock and roll lube" which is their grease....

    inside my hugi240 freehub...
    For the bearings, yes.

    For the freehub pawls, no, unless you use it sparingly and spread it real thin.
    Too much grease can inhibit pawl engagement, allowing the hub to slip; not fun.
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    Auto and marine grease is ok, but you might want to stay away from the stuff that is designed to run at high temps, it may be sludge at bike temps.

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    Superlube teflon grease and Dura Ace lube by Shimano

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    Quote Originally Posted by Landgolier
    Auto and marine grease is ok, but you might want to stay away from the stuff that is designed to run at high temps, it may be sludge at bike temps.
    I used mine all winter and it was fine

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