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Old 03-21-11, 03:50 PM
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bicycle grease and grease gun alternatives.

This question is more directed toward finding a grease alternative that it's less expensive than regular waterproof bike grease, and places that it could be found, like auto parts stores or something lika that. Also interested in finding an applicator that costs less than a grease gun. All suggestions appreciated. Thanks.
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Get a tub of marine bearing grease for $5 and pick up one of these:
https://www.harborfreight.com/3-oz-mi...gun-93486.html
I drilled out the orafice a bit to get better flow and it works awesome.
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How much grease do you use to make it not work getting bike specific grease?

I currently am using a Pedros Bio-Grease & Injector, with this you can apply specifically to the area required. The only places you need to apply grease on a modern bike are the Headset and seatpin if not carbon, Bottom Bracket come pre greased, Hubs are all sealed, and occasionally bolts, there is not too much more that needs grease.
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20 years later My Tub Of BoatTrailer wheel bearing grease is still got contents..

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Originally Posted by jimc101
How much grease do you use to make it not work getting bike specific grease?

I currently am using a Pedros Bio-Grease & Injector, with this you can apply specifically to the area required. The only places you need to apply grease on a modern bike are the Headset and seatpin if not carbon, Bottom Bracket come pre greased, Hubs are all sealed, and occasionally bolts, there is not too much more that needs grease.
I currently own 9 bikes, 6 of which have cup and cone BBs and only 2 have cartridge-bearing hubs. Also, I like to help others with their issues from time to time. For about $10, I have a tub of grease and grease gun that will likely never need to be replaced. That's a lot less than your Pedros Bio-Grease and Injector and works just as well. Spend more if you'd like but the OP asked for cheaper alternatives and I was glad to oblige.
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How much less expensive can it be? Yes there are less expensive alternative products or sources, but let's put it into perspective.

A tube of the expensive stuff costs less than $10.00. That's enough to pack at least 50 hubs, bottom brackets or headsets. If it doesn't go that far you're using far too much. So it's about $.20 per bearing per year or two. Given what you probably spend annually on your bike, the potential savings just isn't enough to think about.

BTW- I overhaul 3 personal bikes annually, and I'm still working off a tube I opened 20 years ago.
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Originally Posted by CACycling
That's a lot less than your Pedros Bio-Grease and Injector and works just as well. Spend more if you'd like but the OP asked for cheaper alternatives and I was glad to oblige.
Didn't mention that the grease and injector are both over 15+ years old, and have only used 1 full tube of grease in that time, and thats gone through about 12 bikes and from memory, they cost less that the £ equivalant of $10.

My point was that precision application means you use very little, so you pay a little more up front for the equiptment, and very little for the consumable.

If you are riding / maintaining modern bikes, you just don't need much grease, when was the last time you saw a grease port as standard kit of a new bike?
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Originally Posted by CACycling
Get a tub of marine bearing grease for $5 and pick up one of these:
https://www.harborfreight.com/3-oz-mi...gun-93486.html
I drilled out the orafice a bit to get better flow and it works awesome.


Where do you buy marine bearing grease?
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I currently own 9 bikes, 6 of which have cup and cone BBs and only 2 have cartridge-bearing hubs. Also, I like to help others with their issues from time to time. For about $10, I have a tub of grease and grease gun that will likely never need to be replaced. That's a lot less than your Pedros Bio-Grease and Injector and works just as well. Spend more if you'd like but the OP asked for cheaper alternatives and I was glad to oblige.

Are both new? What's a tub of grease(how much grease in total)? What method do you go by to sell these?



Also, what are the brands you mention?
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@ Autozone...$8 for 14 oz tube.
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I got a 1 lb. tub of Valvoline red grease several years ago for about 3 bucks. Got a mini grease gun about 5 years ago because I had some Grease Guard hubs I wanted to purge and replenish. Works like a charm. I use a plastic knife from the fast food joint to fill grease gun.

Sure the $7 Phil Wood tube got me through many a repack, but when you think about how many of those would fit into a 1 lb tub....
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Originally Posted by mauricio2
Are both new? What's a tub of grease(how much grease in total)? What method do you go by to sell these?



Also, what are the brands you mention?
As mentioned about the Autozone option water resistant marine grease is available at any sort of auto parts place that sells oil and greases. It's main use is for the boat trailer wheel bearings but it also sees use at various points in outboard engine final drives. Just go into any decent autoparts outlet and ask for marine grease.

The grease will come either in a cartridge tube intended to be used in a grease gun or you can buy it in one pound tubs that are about the same size as a pint of ice cream.
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mauricio2, I use Exxon Ronex MP now that I'm out of Redline teflon. It's more of a what-I-have-on-hand situation as my cars all now have sealed bearings that don't require repacking... no need to waste it. It works well, I just used it to regrease the T700. I'm also the type to dis-assemble rather than inject grease if there's no zerk fitting as I like to check the bearing's and race's condition.

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Originally Posted by mauricio2
Are both new? What's a tub of grease(how much grease in total)? What method do you go by to sell these?

Also, what are the brands you mention?
You can buy a 1 lb. tub of marine bearing grease (any brand is fine) at pretty much any place that sells auto parts and I included a link to the grease injector from Harbor Freight in my original post. Yes, both were purchased new and even with using them for greasing my bikes, my camping trailer and anything else I need to, I expect I have a lifetime supply.
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I use Lubriplate EMB (electric motor bearing) grease. I think it costs less than three dollars for a 14.5 ounce tube. I keep one tube in a grease gun to lube my freehub bodies using a Morning Star freehub buddy. When I overhaul my hubs I apply the grease with my finger.
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