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Cleaners, lubes, compounds & adhesives: what do you use?

Old 12-09-11, 11:51 AM
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Cleaners, lubes, compounds & adhesives: what do you use?

I know that solvents an chain-lube has been discussed to death. But what about all the other cleaners, lubes, compounds & adhesives used to build, repair and maintain a bike?

What do you use?
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Cleaner/de-greaser: mineral spirits.
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Blue Loctite
White lithium grease (finish line)
Spray lube (Finish Line)
Boeshield (inside of frame tubes on steel bikes)
citric degreaser in a spray bottle that I got from Lowe's (Orange Blast?)
Lemon Pledge (cleaning the frame)

Add various material-specific compounds if you're using more exotic materials than steel (I don't).

I also have a bottle of cutting fluid if I need to tap/chase any threads.
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Kroil, PB Blaster, anti-sieze, teflon tape, Maguires car wax, mothers Al polish, Super weatherstrip adhesive, brake cleaner, tef gel, dilectric grease, loctite, and on and on. Pretty much everything I use on the car/house/truck somehow gets used on a bike somewhere at some time.
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mudboy's right, it's very important to use only the lemon version of Pledge.

More seriously, avoid the new milky-colored "green" alternatives to real mineral spirits.
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Chain, Simple Green and water mix in an ultrasonic cleaner. The rest of the bike gets washed with Dawn dish soap when it is filthy. After it's clean and dry I polish it with Lemon Pledge, of course!
The hubs are lubed every 2500 to 3000 miles with Lubriplate EMB grease. I lube threads with silicone grease. Spokes get Loctite 567. It is a pipe dope that doesn't set up hard, making and adjustments later easier.
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