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Old 11-04-07, 10:11 AM   #1
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whats your favorite bearing grease?

astroglide is not a bearing grease an either is K-Y.

so other than those?
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Currently using Philwood and i picked up a tub of campagnolo grease the other day. I havent try it yet....
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Old 11-04-07, 11:08 AM   #3
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Currently using Philwood and i picked up a tub of campagnolo grease the other day. I havent try it yet....
Philwood bearing grease will do you fine. Only thing I hate about it is the nasty green colour that sometimes splooges out of loose ball stuff in a heavy downpour.
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Old 11-04-07, 12:25 PM   #4
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I like Phil Grease too. It does have a pretty strong smell though.
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Old 11-04-07, 01:00 PM   #5
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Currently using Philwood and i picked up a tub of campagnolo grease the other day. I havent try it yet....
where did you find it(campy grease) can't seem to find it on the interweb
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where did you find it(campy grease) can't seem to find it on the interweb
NOS in my LBS down in sydney. U cant believe how old it is..it call campagnolo super grease.

http://www.bikepro.com/products/lubricants/campy.html
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Old 11-04-07, 01:12 PM   #7
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Quaker State high speed bearing grease in the tub.

its cheap

doesnt wash out very easily,

and if it will work for bearings on a car it should work like a champ on the bike as well.
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Quaker State high speed bearing grease in the tub.

its cheap

doesnt wash out very easily,

and if it will work for bearings on a car it should work like a champ on the bike as well.
From what I heard and understand High speed automotive bearing grease is too thick for bikes bearings. Cause we dont spin as fast as cars (may be just me) so we dont need such thick grease. Lighter grease the faster the wheel spins....i went to a velodrome in sydney, an old track racer enlighted me...that use machine oil and one less balls, will give u a fastest track wheels ever. The disadvantage is that u have to repack ur wheels before every race.
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I like Phil Grease too. It does have a pretty strong smell though.
I love the smell of that grease. No joke.
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It depends, if it's a high end part I'll use Phil wood. If it's a lower end part i'll either use finish line or parks, All 3 are good but Phil wood is more resistant to the elements and has a high heat point.
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I've always been a big Phil Wood fan. I use the oil and the grease. I trust the stuff and it has never let me down.

I also ordered some of this for sh*ts and giggles. It seems like it will compare nicely, but we'll have to see.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Waterproof-Bicyc...QQcmdZViewItem

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i use pedro's. that ebay listing above is pretty interesting.
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i like phill wood, but will use lithium grease or car bearing grease if it's all i have on hand.
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jobst brandt:
"Automotive wheel bearing grease is an excellent lubricant for all the bearings in a bicycle."
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I've always been a big Phil Wood fan. I use the oil and the grease. I trust the stuff and it has never let me down.

I also ordered some of this for sh*ts and giggles. It seems like it will compare nicely, but we'll have to see.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Waterproof-Bicyc...QQcmdZViewItem
i read that post.

They are right. There is nothing particularly special or demanding about bike bearings in terms of bearing design, and therefore they don't require exotic lubrication. Commodity level bearing grease works just fine, but over kill wont hurt, so maybe ill give that EP stuff a try sometime.
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Old 11-04-07, 05:04 PM   #17
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It's not very popular, but Rock n roll super web grease is the modern day equivalent to the old campy stuff.
It's not so much a "paste" like Phil/Park/Pedro (all of which we use regularly and are fine products), but is really like a super stringy cheese that webs off over ball bearing surfaces instead of getting pushed out of the way as they roll. It's what comes stock on high end 90%fill industrial bearing and the Enduro brand bearings we use on all of our mountainbikes main suspension pivots (and those red hubs we got a while back). Our needle bearings get our own formulations.
Just our 2cents, as we have a lot of different lube options here at the shop:

(and these are just the ones we use on our personal bikes!)
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I love the smell of that grease. No joke.
As long as it isn't gear oil from a diff that hasn't been changed in 100,000 miles and the vehicle has been offroaded, I love the smell =)


(note when I changed it on my old 4 runner the oil was grey and so thick that when you ran your finger under the stream it pulled it down very noticeably)


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I also use whatever Teflon lube for my chain
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I've always been a big Phil Wood fan. I use the oil and the grease. I trust the stuff and it has never let me down.

I also ordered some of this for sh*ts and giggles. It seems like it will compare nicely, but we'll have to see.
http://cgi.ebay.com/Waterproof-Bicyc...QQcmdZViewItem

It's not too pricy, might give it a try. My mechanic friend gave me a dallop of Park Tool grease in a brake cable bag, and the stuff seems extremely thick for bearing lubrication. Is the Phil grease any more viscous?
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Old 11-04-07, 05:30 PM   #21
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I go and bum stuff like that off the bike shop I worked in.
Whatever they have for use I use...red stuff, green stuff...the honey stuff...whatever.


As long as it is clean and serviced frequently enough, you could probably get away with using olive oil.
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i use some synthetic water proof grease...as in automotive and boat trailer wheel bearing grease. it's green, it's kinda thick, it stinks and if i use it on my seatpost the post will slip...so i use some old park grease on the seatpost.

track racers that take a bearing out and use machine oil don't have to repack before every race i don't think. they take (and leave off) the dust caps off and just squirt some oil in there...not the same as actually packing bearings.
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Old 11-04-07, 05:57 PM   #23
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I can't find the thread, but someone figured out a while back that Phil's is actually boat trailer wheel bearing grease. I still buy Phil's, though, because nothing else comes in the convenient toothpaste tubes.
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Old 11-04-07, 05:58 PM   #24
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Lucas red n tacky, works great, even in sh&#ty prairie winters.
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I'm using Park Pro Lube and some "White Lightning" lithium grease that comes in a spray can. The spray is easy to use but messy. It's got one of those long red tubes to stick on the cap of the sprayer; I can spray hub bearings easily this way.

My dad gave me some old marine bearing grease he used on his boat trailer but I've not touched it yet.
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