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Old 02-29-12, 01:59 PM   #1
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Looking for a grease nipple

My 57/58 W. F. Holdsworth Typhoon lost it's grease nipple that fits on top left side of the bottom bracket shell between the junction of the seat tube and down tube. The drilled hole looks to be 4mm. If anyone has a source or idea where I might fine one I would be grateful.

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Old 02-29-12, 02:05 PM   #2
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http://www.mcmaster.com/#zerk-grease-fittings/=ggo4vu
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Old 02-29-12, 02:59 PM   #3
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/\/\Beat me to it. You can also buy bearings from them in bulk, and pay less for a better grade than what the LBS normally would stock.
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Oh, you meant grease nipple. That's not what it said out front.
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McMaster Carr rules, they have everything, great customer service and FAST service. We order stuff occasionally from them at work, I've had orders delivered to us within 24 hours with ground shipping. They must have a deal with UPS, and we must be in the sweet spot.
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You can't find one at Ace or NAPA?
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Old 02-29-12, 08:46 PM   #7
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A zerk from O'Reilly auto parts. You can get them cheap at any auto parts store. I'm using it to fill the hole until I can find a proper metal oil cup.

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A zerk from O'Reilly auto parts. You can get them cheap at any auto parts store. I'm using it to fill the hole until I can find a proper metal oil cup.

Would these normally have a fitting similar to the oil fitting on a Sturmey Archer hub?

Also, do you have more photos of that bike? Looks interesting!
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Yes and yes.



My goal was to build a lightweight 3 speed. It weighed 24 pounds before I switched to those heavy 38c tires.

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That is one sharp looking bike.
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just a note: most Zerk grease fittings use a tapered pipe thread, but they can also be found with straight threading as well as in metric (but smallest I've seen is M5, no 4mm). Measure the hole and shop carefully unless you want to re-tap.
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There are no threads on my zerk or in the BB. It's a force fit. I drove it in with a hammer and small socket from my 1/4" drive set.
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Yes and yes.



My goal was to build a lightweight 3 speed. It weighed 24 pounds before I switched to those heavy 38c tires.
Oooh! Yellow bikes aren't usually my bag, but that is meow!
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Just pump that grease in there till it comes out the top of the seat post? That'll keep it , may add a couple pounds though!
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Just pump that grease in there till it comes out the top of the seat post? That'll keep it , may add a couple pounds though!
Did you miss the part about the oil cup? Neither oil nor grease will do my cartridge bottom bracket any good. The fitting is just for looks.
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The good old days of BIG ball bearings and just keep flushing them with oil and grease are coming to an end, probably for the better! New bearings last a LOT longer, work better and take less maintenance (for the most part).
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The good old days of BIG ball bearings and just keep flushing them with oil and grease are coming to an end, probably for the better! New bearings last a LOT longer, work better and take less maintenance (for the most part).
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There are no threads on my zerk or in the BB. It's a force fit. I drove it in with a hammer and small socket from my 1/4" drive set.
I didn't know they came unthreaded until I checked the McMaster-Carr site: sure enough, there are inch-size with serrated shafts down as small as to fit 1/8" hole, as well as some with smooth straight shafts for both inch and metric holes (but not smaller than M6).
http://www.mcmaster.com/#zerk-grease-fittings/=gh413u
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A lovely bike and thank you for your suggestion.
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