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Old 01-30-12, 06:46 PM   #1
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Just a idea (lube)

Since I have new spd-sl pedals on way. I wondered if its fine to apply paintball marker grease on threads and screw it into crank. The grease I'm using is hater
http://www.amazon.com/Hater-Paintbal.../dp/B001ZQJ8EW
I'm asking if it's fine to use paintball grease...
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Old 01-30-12, 07:29 PM   #2
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Huh?
Maybe.
Dunno. Someone will know.
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Old 01-30-12, 07:58 PM   #3
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can't see why not.
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Should be ok...
http://www.ansgear.com/Hater_Sauce_V...ucev2small.htm
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If it's all you have, I guess it's better than nothing.
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In my memory Dow Molykote 33 grease, in common use for paintball markers, has been recommended as the best lube for cycling in Arctic conditions.
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Wow, flashback. I used to use Molykote for .177 target air rifle indoor competitions a long, long time ago.
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As long as it doesn't have anything weird in it like threadlocker it'll be fine.

Seems pricy though, you might be better off picking up a small tub of automotive or boat trailer grease for all your thread greasing needs.
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The requirements for thread lube are so low that almost anything will do.

I have a question though, why would you use another expensive grease if you're not sure? Unless you already happen to own some.
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Frankly, even Vasoline (petroleum jelly) will work as a thread lube if you don't have any regular grease. I was wondering if the Molykote would work as a wheelbearing grease for a winter bike. I really notice how much stiffer the bike is at 10-degrees F than it is above freezing.
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I really notice how much stiffer the bike is at 10-degrees F than it is above freezing.
Are you sure it's the bike and not you at that temperature?
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I was wondering if the Molykote would work as a wheelbearing grease for a winter bike. I really notice how much stiffer the bike is at 10-degrees F than it is above freezing.
At such temperatures I suspect that the primary issue is that of the grease being dirty and the dirt solidifying due to a water content, rather than with the grease itself.
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I've experienced this as well, when using cheap, thick (but clean and water-free) grease in my hubs at very cold temperatures. It takes a few minutes for everything to warm up enough and start moving properly.

This shouldn't be a problem if you use thinner or fancier grease (Phil grease seems to work well all the time), or if you don't regularly ride at temperatures below perhaps -25C/-13F. At those temperatures, bikes normally have bigger problems to deal with (like sticky freehub pawls, mechs, and cables). At higher temperatures (above -20C/-4F), I rarely have cold-related mechanical difficulties.
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You can't beat plumbers Teflon tape for threaded connections. Cheap never dries out doesn't attract dirt. Ed
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