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Old 07-13-06, 01:19 AM   #1
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What kind of grease for headset?

What kind of grease can I use in the headset? Is there anything I can pick up at Wal-Mart or somewhere close to home? I'm guessing I need something that does not corrode ruber gaskets and such?
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Old 07-13-06, 03:17 AM   #2
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White Lithium grease is std for bikes. You can get special waterproof or extra slippery stuff but I use the std stuff.
Get a small tub but you have to avoid contamination. Transfer some grease into an old film canister to use in the workshop.
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What kind of grease can I use in the headset? Is there anything I can pick up at Wal-Mart or somewhere close to home? I'm guessing I need something that does not corrode ruber gaskets and such?
Lubrimatic Marine Wheelbearing grease from HomeDepot. It works well, it's cheap and will last a long time.

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Phill wood bearing grease also works. Comes in a convenient tube.
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Lubrimatic Marine Wheelbearing grease from HomeDepot. It works well, it's cheap and will last a long time.
+1. This is truly fine grease, for just about every part of the bike. I've been using it in the hubs, bottom bracket, and headset of three different bikes for a while now, and it works superbly well. It has not caused any problems with any of the rubber seals or gaskets on any of my bikes. In my experience, it maintains its consistency and texture a lot better than Phil Wood grease. I did a lot of research about the different greases last year, and Lubrimatic is a calcium sulfonate-based grease, which, in testing, compares very favorably to Park's super-expensive and highly-regarded polyurea-based grease. But Lubrimatic is only a couple bucks for a big can, and it's as close as the nearest Home Depot. Don't have to order it.
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+1. This is truly fine grease, for just about every part of the bike. I've been using it in the hubs, bottom bracket, and headset of three different bikes for a while now, and it works superbly well. It has not caused any problems with any of the rubber seals or gaskets on any of my bikes. In my experience, it maintains its consistency and texture a lot better than Phil Wood grease. I did a lot of research about the different greases last year, and Lubrimatic is a calcium sulfonate-based grease, which, in testing, compares very favorably to Park's super-expensive and highly-regarded polyurea-based grease. But Lubrimatic is only a couple bucks for a big can, and it's as close as the nearest Home Depot. Don't have to order it.

What section of Home Depot is it in? I looked around for some grease there (prior to this thread) and did not see any.
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Any grease will work. I use CV joint grease because its cheap and comes in a squeeze tube which makes it very convenient to keep around without getting contaminated (I always forget to put the cover back on the Tub O' Grease and have to skim off the top layer to get at the clean stuff)
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I would agree with LUCAS. The grease must be water-resistant because, in all likelyhood, the headset will never ever come apart again until it has to be replaced. The white greases dry out after a few years.
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What section of Home Depot is it in? I looked around for some grease there (prior to this thread) and did not see any.
There's a section where there are different greases, and lubricants and Liquid Wrench and WD-40. In the local Home Depot, it's near the section where all the loose hardware (nails, nuts, washers, etc) are. That same aisle. It may differ from store to store, but any of the workers that you can ask, should know right where it is.
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What section of Home Depot is it in? I looked around for some grease there (prior to this thread) and did not see any.
At my local Home Depot, it is shelved right next to where they have the small tool boxes, protection eyewear and the like. It was kind of out of the way, behind the checkout lines. I'll ask around from an employee at the store, if I were you.

The last time I bought one, I paid around $3.00 or so.

I have also seen the same grease at OSH, if you have OSH stores in Houston.

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...The grease must be water-resistant because, in all likelyhood, the headset will never ever come apart again until it has to be replaced...
This isn't true if you're doing proper maintenance on your headset. A headset should be cleaned out and overhauled with new bearings and fresh grease at least once a year. More often in muddy conditions, maybe less often if the bike isn't ridden much and/or has a protector sleeve around the lower headset races. Otherwise, if you don't clean it out and overhaul it every year, you're greatly accelerating its demise.
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You're right, if the bike is ridden every day regardless of weather, or is a MTB or cyclocross bike that spends weekends in the mud. Since I'm depending on my bike for transportation and just 2 or 3 times a week, that kind of preventive maintenance may be overkill. Then again, it is a way of bonding with the bike on those miserable winter weekends.
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