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Old 03-04-11, 08:45 AM
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How important are grease clips??

I have a super champion and Nisi Toro on my bike that are missing grease clips.. How important are they? I ride this bike daily in all kinds of weather. All I can find online are campy replacements for like $15, but I don't want to pay that much for a little clip. If it's that important, I was thinking I could just tap the little hole and stick a really tiny screw in it, unless there's another DIY option. I don't want to tape it or anything because I just spent hours disassembling and polishing these rims and hub and it'll look tacky.
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Old 03-04-11, 09:13 AM
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Tapping it and putting a screw in would work just fine, and would be easy and look good too. I have toyed with the idea of tapping the hole and putting in a mini-grease fitting. I just cant bring myself to ugly-up a hub that much though.

You could perhaps also make a clip out of spring steel. Might be hard to get it to the right shape and still the right amount of springiness though.

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Old 03-04-11, 10:25 AM
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Why not .. tape? 3m reflective tape will work, and help at night ,
just a bit more..

it's not so important .. damn small hole,
I wouldn't want to make it larger.

+ particularly hard to do in a laced up wheel..

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If I can find a tap and screw that is the right size for the hole that's already drilled, it'll be pretty easy even with the wheel laced. Drilling would be difficult though. Maybe I can find a tiny rubber plug at the hardware store. I was hoping someone else would have a solution to this. I'll let you guys know what I end up doing for this.
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Old 03-04-11, 12:54 PM
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I'd just put tape on it too. If I'm not mistaken those holes were for squirting oil into the hubs, not grease. Like you'd already have the bearings greased and you'd squirt oil into the hole to kind of refresh the grease. So I don't see why you'd ever need to use the hole if you repack the hubs normally.
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Put a wide enough plastic zip tie over the hole around the hub and cut the excess. you can just push it over to the side if you ever want to drip in some lubricant. I don't think the original steel clips sealed the holes that perfectly anyway, and if you tighten the zip tie enough and place the part of the zip tie that lies flattest against the hub surface and you should be good for a long time and replacements are cheap. you can even chose different colors to maybe match your bike if you like.

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Only for time trials did they remove the grease, and use light oil,
then I think they used grease again for the rest of the event, Like the Grand tours.
'stars and water carriers' about EM and that era is on you tube..

Now of course the wing bike and teardrop helmet comes out for that day.
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I didn't think it was that important if I repacked my bearings regularly. I've never used them before. I think I actually have some silver tape that I might just use a tiny square of.
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Old 03-04-11, 01:57 PM
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Here's a picture of one of the wheels polished next to the unpolished one.. The one on the right was originally in the worse condition of the two.
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How about a rubber-tipped grease gun nozzle? You may need a helper to either hold it on the hole or pump the gun. Shoot grease in until clean grease comes out the ends and clean up the mess .
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As already mentioned these holes were for oil and not grease. Filling the entire axle end to end with even thin grease would produce a LOT of viscous drag.

I've got a couple of hubs with the same hole. On the one that I polished and relaced I just sealed the oiling hole with a smear of silicone RTV bathtub caulk. I did mine while the hub was unlaced and freshly degreased. In your case if you want to use the RTV rubber I'd suggest a Q tip with brake cleaner to clean the hole through the spokes and then just reach in and place your finger tip smear of RTV and wipe off the excess on the polished surface with some paper towel. Voila! Yer done.
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Nice and shiny, Scott, I'd just leave it be, as is..
no real contamination to sweat in a normal usage, between bearing re packs.
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