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Old 12-13-01, 05:24 PM   #1
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Grease

What kinda of grease do you guys recommend? I don't have a lot of money, so it has to be pretty much universal..I am looking at Rock'n Roll Red Devil, or Pennziol(spelling is wrong) Grease. According to biketoolsetc the Pennziol is the best value, and looks like the old campy stuff..
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I prefer the taste of olive oil...but, when working on my bike I enjoy the thickness of Finish Line. Why do I use Finish Line? Well, it is what the dude at the LBS sold me a couple years back. Do I recommend it? I would not be lying when I say that it works better than olive oil. I hope my vagueness was of some help.
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My LBS uses and recommends Rock n Roll Super Web grease for any bearings. It DOES web. If you put a dab on your thumb and touch it with your forefinger it pulls a long string (web). In fact it can be aggrevating because it is hard to get loose from. Your work area starts to look like it's covered in spider webs. But that is what is supposed to make it so good. It really clings to the bearings, in a good way, not a sticky way, and provides excellent lubrication. Some of these guys are serious racers, and they do a lot of work for other local racers. For non-bearing applications I have been using Pro Gold EPX Cycle Grease, a nice medium weight grease. It does fine on bearings, too. I think it is made by the same company as Pro Link chain lube, but I'm not sure about that. The thing I find about greases and chain lubes is that different shops carry different brands, and it can be hard to track down a specific product.
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Bull Shot for repacking bearings, works well, but pricey. Phil Wood is nice. For general all around use, I'd stick with the Finish Line Synthetic - Cheap and works well!
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I am glad to hear that Bull Shot is still around -- When I lived in L.A. in the mid-1970s, I did some product testing for the company founder. He always liked to tell the story of a bike shop owner who (mis)read the brandname quickly and kicked him out of the store, saying, "First it was dirty books. Then dirty movies. Now, dirty bike oil!"

I have always liked the hub grease, but I now use White Lightning chain lube (sorry, Art!).
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Bull Shot for repacking bearings, works well, but pricey. Phil Wood is nice. For general all around use, I'd stick with the Finish Line Synthetic - Cheap and works well!
Finish Line Synthetic....I'll have to look...I'm trying to order from as few places to minimize shipping costs. I'll see what Pricepoint has..I might have to order some stuff from biketoolsetc though, so I hope they have the Finish line stuff.
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I use Pedro's products. There grease is white, so it won't stain, and isn't that overly expensive. That's what they use in my LBS.
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Is a 3.5 oz tube of Finish line enough to grease the headset bearings, steertube(to prevent rusting) and BB bearings??

Velo, I haven't seen the Pedro's stuff anywhere..I'll have to look. The no stain part sounds nice..
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I got the Finish Line stuff...I hope it works well.
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Sorry I'm late, but I would recommend going to an auto parts shop next time and getting a tub of water-proof lithium grease. Has everything you need in an MTB grease and the price is right.
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Good old Phil waterproof grease is the best. It's cheap (enough), lasts a good long time, isn't too stiff, and bike shops have been using it for decades. It's the green stuff in a squeeze tube, available at every known bike shop in the world.
For those who advocate marine grease-it is too d@mn thick!!!! I have used automotive molybdenum axle grease on the BB of a beater before (cups were scored, and it wasn't worth replacing them), but even that was quite thick for cycling use.
Synthetic greases are just another method of getting cyclists to waste their money. Maybe Patani could tell the difference, but I sure can't.
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I was about to get the Phil Wood stuff...The Finish Line synthetic will do the job right?? I just finished cleaning all the rust out of the tube on my frame that holds the BB, I'm not sure what its called...The rust was so bad, I had to apply Naval Jelly twice, liberally..I'm glad I decided to take the BB out and clean the "BB tube". It was in pretty bad shape, the previous owner didn't take very good care of it. I put a coat of Naval Jelly rust preventor on, and when I get my grease I'll put some of that on, and hopefully I won't have to much trouble with rust.
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Good old Phil waterproof grease is the best. It's cheap (enough), lasts a good long time, isn't too stiff, and bike shops have been using it for decades. It's the green stuff in a squeeze tube, available at every known bike shop in the world.

For those who advocate marine grease-it is too d@mn thick!!!! I have used automotive molybdenum axle grease on the BB of a beater before (cups were scored, and it wasn't worth replacing them), but even that was quite thick for cycling use.

Synthetic greases are just another method of getting cyclists to waste their money. Maybe Patani could tell the difference, but I sure can't.
I would think that depends on where you live; if you commute year-round, with scorching summer days and sub-freezing winters, than synthetic lubricant is a good investment.

For the most part, however, it's just a waste of money for the anal-rentive. I'm anal-retentive, so I buy synthetics.
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