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    Seatpost Grease?

    I was wondering if anyone knows what I should use to grease my seatpost. I could go get some at a bike store, but I would rather get something from my house. Is there household item that I can use?
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    butter (kidding)

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    I have been told in my case at least with a carbon seatpost on a carbon seat tube that no lube is best. On my steel mtb, I clean out the seat tube, clean the seat post and lightly lube with my chain lube and wipe off most of it. I have never had a problem.

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    I've always used white lithium grease. Available at any hardware store for cheap.

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    I use "Never Seize," a mixture of aluminum & oil. Messy but effective.

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    Marine bearing grease $3 a can at Home Depot. Great for repacking hubs too (as you might expect from the name

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    Another vote for marine grease but if you don't mind spending 10 extra bucks get a grease gun and cartridge. Pots are not as convenient in my opinion.

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    Yet another vote for marine greese. Can be had super cheap at Wally World too. I scooped it out of the tube and put it into a peanut butter jar. I've previously used Shimano's Spin Doctor grease but it's just too lightweight to use on hubs or headset bearings. It works fine for a seatpost though but it can discolor the paint. http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?c...eid=&pagename=

    Never grease a carbon seat post, as has been stated above.
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    $4 for a tube of phil wood bearing grease. Will last you forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius
    Never grease a carbon seat post, as has been stated above.
    Not to hijack this thread, but what is the reasoning for that? I ask purely out of curiosity, please don't look at this as an invitation to flame if it this is one of those controversial topics.

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    You don't grease a carbon seatpost because in most cases the finish on the post is so smooth that it may slip down into the seat tube while riding. Also, there's usually not a risk of seizure as there is with an aluminum post and steel or ti seat tubes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator
    $4 for a tube of phil wood bearing grease. Will last you forever.
    Not hardly. Especially if you have multiple bikes. I'd rather buy the Marine grease and have a better supply. $3 for a decent sized can vs $4+ for a small tube of the same stuff is no contest

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    i use mobil synth one. works for seatpost, chainring bolts, saddle rails, bottle cage bolts. pretty pink color too.
    you owe it to your bike mechanic to grease anything with threads.

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    You can use basically any grease. I use Harley Davidson wheel bearing grease. I don't know how I ended up with it, but I did, and I use it, and its bombproof!

    You don't need to grease carbon/carbon joints because you aren't going to have the galvanic corrosion that will 'cold weld' the parts together as you will with metals. Thats what the grease prevents.

    For a seatpost, you could probably get away with vaseline or something, just something to provide a barrier between the two parts. But you deserve a little tub of grease from the hardware or auto parts store.

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