Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
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Yes, thick lubes get thicker when cold, and also stickier. the pawls have very light springs so it's easy for them to get glued in the retracted postition by sticky oil or grease. Also grease can fill the base of the ramps causing the pawls to ski above the faces they need to engage.
Winter's over, so do your normal service, especially if they use salt on the roads where you've been riding. Continue to use the same lube that served well in the summer, but next fall flush the freehub and relube with a lighter synthetic oil. (Synthetics don't change viscosity as much with temperature change as non-synthetics do)
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