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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For over 40 years I've used one or two drops of olive oil (Italian, of course) every few years, on my Silca pump washer. Friends use Brooks Proofhide, or silicone o-ring grease with success. Whatever you use, the key is to use just enough to keep the leather just barely supple, and to make a seal on the cylinder. If you over-oil it the leather gets too soft, and can collapse or blow inside out over time.
This is one of those instances where you can kill with too much love.
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