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Old 04-21-19, 01:34 PM
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I would not use regular grease on the spoke threads. Grease and oil will run out of the threads in time and the nipples can seize. Spoke nipples are a specialty application. Yes the spoke nipples need to be able to turn under pressure but they also have to stay where they are once the wheel is trued.

It's a balance of slippery versus sticky. There is a special paste the folks at Retrogression sell for that very purpose. It's called Alchemy Lube & Spoke Prep. Get it here: My guess is that is really good stuff for that application.

Back in the old days they would use boiled linseed oil on the spoke threads because after a few days or weeks it would cure in the air and harden up but would still be slippery enough so the spoke nipples would turn yet hold their place once the wheel was trued.


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