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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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    Oh, you meant grease nipple. That's not what it said out front.

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by RubberLegs View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by RubberLegs View Post
    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).
    Whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
    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
    good to know.

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    A lovely bike and thank you for your suggestion.

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