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Where do I lube, how much, and what to use?

Old 06-21-09, 04:54 PM
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Where do I lube, how much, and what to use?

I just bought an 80's Italian steel bike (Marnati) with Campy SR grouppo off of Craigslist. I spent today dissembling everything but the bearings (I'll do this later when I have access to more tools), and scrubbing everything out with a toothbrush, steel wool, etc. to get the grime out of the components. I am now putting it back together. I've got some grease for all the threaded bits, but am not sure where to use lube (brake pivots, downtube shift levers, deraillers, etc.) and what's best. I have a bottle of Triflow and WD-40 on hand. Also, what's the best way to get lube down in the cable housings? Do I need to pull out the cables first?

So where do I need to lube, what do I use, and how much? I want everything to work smoothly without attracting too much dirt/dust. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Chain lubing I already understand, so that isn't a problem.
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For a good discussion of WD-40, check this out:

Generally, for all the bearings and places where things thread together or fit together and you don't want them to rust (waterbottle cage screws, all bearings, bottom bracket threading into frame, seatpost, pedals to cranks, stem to steerer tube, rear derailleur to frame, seatpost binder bolt, etc.) use grease. There is some debate about using grease on the BB tapers, but most say don't put anything on there. For the bearings, use a lot of grease and wipe off whatever squeezes out.

The grease is a rust-preventer. I don't use it on things where aluminum joins aluminum with minimal or no load-bearing, such as handlebar stem to handlebars, or on the brake levers where they join the handlebars. Use it on steel. You can also use a bit on cable guides, but I tend to use oil and reapply every so often.

Use oil for everything else. Use as little as possible and re-apply regularly. I put oil on derailleur pulleys and pivots, brake pivots, brake levers (though very very little) and on the chain. I use dry (teflon) for the cables, putting some down the cable housing before the cable goes in.

The lubes I use are Pedro's Syn Lube for chain, Frontline dry and Frontline cross-country for almost everything else, and Phil grease.
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