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Old 11-03-22, 08:56 AM
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Bike grease recommendation? Use it. Regularly, and wherever appropriate.

Seriously: bicycle loads and bearing RPMs are trivial compared to what most greases are designed to withstand. Unless you ride in the Arctic, as others have said above pretty much any high-quality grease should work well enough. (If you regularly ride in extremely harsh winter conditions, you might - and that's might - need a low-temp grease formulated for those conditions during winter riding.)

Two caveats: if you regularly ride where you encounter lots of water (trails crossing streams, deep puddles), maybe consider marine grease (it's more water resistant). And don't put grease where it doesn't belong (freehub and freewheel pawls reputedly don't like thick greases).
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Old 11-03-22, 09:43 AM
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I use Phil Wood because it makes me smell like a Bicycle. Everything makes me smell like either a Boat Trailer or a Tractor.



(not much of an exaggeration)
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Old 11-03-22, 09:46 AM
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Originally Posted by jethin View Post
Dude, you’ve taken weight-weenieism to a whole other level.
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I meant light as in viscosity. I'm not that crazy a weight weener!
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Old 11-03-22, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
Or, get a grease gun and a needle nozzle, and avoid the mess and fuss.

But is is a McDonalds/Kentucky Fried Chicken grease gun?!
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Old 11-03-22, 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by smd4 View Post
Nonsense. Tubes are fine.
Well I have a tube here that separated in less than a year. And I am in San Jose, ostensibly the same climate as Phil Wood. In fact it even says San Jose, CA on the tube of grease if I recall. You want to exchange your non-separated grease with my separated grease?
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Old 11-03-22, 10:38 AM
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Originally Posted by icemilkcoffee View Post
Well I have a tube here that separated in less than a year. And I am in San Jose, ostensibly the same climate as Phil Wood. In fact it even says San Jose, CA on the tube of grease if I recall. You want to exchange your non-separated grease with my separated grease?
I'm guessing I've had my tube of Phil's a little longer than you...it's from 1988 or 1989 or thereabouts. It has yet to separate. But I'm not trading with you.

Maybe the modern formulation is different?
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Old 11-03-22, 11:45 AM
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I bought a tub of waterproof marine grease in the late 1970's. It was bluish-green but has faded to mostly green but is still transparent.

I still have some but you can see the bottom of the tub.
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Old 11-03-22, 11:47 AM
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The Phil Wood grease formulation has definitely changed. It 'stinks' more now. I suspect that sulfur has been added to or increased in the mix.
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Old 11-03-22, 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
The product description for that specifically says "Not recommended for use in wheel bearings." Sort of eliminates it from bicycle use, doesn't it?
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Old 11-03-22, 12:06 PM
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What's a good all-purpose grease for parts vs hubs and rims or can I use them interchangeably?


Eeeeeevrybody's got their own thing.

Fuchs Renolit CA-LZ (NLGI 2) for bearings: hubs, BBs, headsets pedals.
Houdini Lock Lube for caliper brake and derailleur pivots.
John Deere Cotton Picker Spindle Grease (NLGI 00) for IGH clockwork.

Don't grease your rims.
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Old 11-03-22, 12:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Jeff Neese View Post
The product description for that specifically says "Not recommended for use in wheel bearings." Sort of eliminates it from bicycle use, doesn't it?
Dunno. I assume that's for vehicles.

It looks and feels the same as Campy grease. When I open it up after a year, it looks like it did when I first applied it.
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Old 11-03-22, 12:44 PM
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Old 11-03-22, 01:55 PM
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If you aren't using Krytox then you clearly don't care about your bike.

Me, I just use good old-fashioned lard.



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Old 11-03-22, 02:04 PM
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Just sayin’….
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Old 11-03-22, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
Hmm.
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Old 11-03-22, 02:39 PM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Hmm...
I went to a party the other night, and the host sent me home with some of her canned jams. I've eaten most of the apple one. I'm not sure what's in this uh monkey butter. But if I ask her about it, she'll just send me more of it. lol.
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Old 11-03-22, 03:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Jeff Neese View Post
The product description for that [white lithium grease] specifically says "Not recommended for use in wheel bearings." Sort of eliminates it from bicycle use, doesn't it?
Automobile wheel bearings operate at higher RPM/load/temperature than bicycle wheel bearings. It works fine in bicycle wheel bearings.
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Old 11-03-22, 03:46 PM
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Some of that tubed Phil green lube (from the 80's) kicks around my stash somewhere.
Could not find it, but found a new Dura Ace bottom bracket and chain, while looking.
For that, I owe this thread a great deal of gratitude.
Like an earlier poster said, that Rock n Roll red stuff works exceptionally well.
Always strive for slickness, not thickness.
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Old 11-03-22, 03:48 PM
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I've been using chain saw bar and chain oil.
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Old 11-03-22, 03:50 PM
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In the early 70's I bought a copy of Eugene Sloane's Complete Book of Bicycling where he recommended Lubriplate 105, so I got a tin from an auto parts store back then.
For the longest time it's been Mobil 1.
Trying out Citgo's Mystik JT6 with 3% moly cuz it was on sale at Farm and Fleet, and Valvoline Palladium, 3% moly.

Or maybe just rendered pork fat.
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Hmm.
Don't think that's used in bike maintenance at all. But it might come in handy anyway when biking.
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Old 11-03-22, 06:00 PM
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I've been using chain saw bar and chain oil.
Handy

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Old 11-03-22, 06:58 PM
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Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
Bacon fat would probably work if it was all you had, but the dogs it attracts is problematic.
I have a freezer full of Blue and Gold bacon and sausage (it's an Oklahoma thing) and a recent diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmia. Now I know what to do with my pork investment.
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Originally Posted by Cycologist View Post
Would you use this in the hubs and bearings as well?

Lets say on a pair of Vintage C-Record Hubs with the oil port what's the recommended grease for that application?

I was surprised nothing came up under the search but the search function for "recommended grease" brings up What did you wrench on today and other hits.
Best way to search BF is on google using the "site" method.
​​​​​​grease site:www.bikeforums.net
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