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Old 08-26-10, 02:49 PM
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What kind of grease do you all use?

I've always used regular old molybdenum automotive grease when servicing bikes, and I heard somewhere recently that it was wrong, that I should be using lithium grease. Out of curiousity, I bought a tube and tried it when I serviced my front hub last night. Very different experience - very "thin" feeling.

So I'm just curious about what you all use, and why.
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Old 08-26-10, 02:52 PM
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Bacon fat. Sometimes I use Park Tool Polylube 1000 because it's what my LBS uses and sells.
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I used white lithium for a while and it worked fine. I've now switched to regular marine bearing grease. $4 a tub at Walmart and should last me a long, long, long time.
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park lube because I have a lot and can't seem to use it up, otherwise I would use melted dead kitten grease.
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Phil on drivetrain parts (hubs and bb), but I go with a thicker marine grease on headsets (mainly 'cause I have some without needing it for other uses)
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+1. Lubrimatic Marine Corrosion Control and Trailer Wheel Bearing Grease, because it was recommended heartily on this forum. Sometimes, I wonder if Lubrimatic makes Polylube 1000 for Park, but that might be my imagination.
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Old 08-26-10, 02:58 PM
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My bearings just get the standard green marine bearing grease. Works great.
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Mobile 1 synthetic from Pep Boys. $12 for a pint sized container. My high end stuff gets Shimano Dura Ace grease which is the finest grease I've ever used or seen for bikes.

Phil grease in my opinion is one of the worst, it's oils separate out and it dries up quickly.
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I use park in a tube because it is not messy and easy to transport. in the shop we used cheap white or lithium for assembly but for bearings we had Park, Phil, Syn, Bullshot... there was always "good" bearing grease around.


FWIW don't laugh at the bacon grease. my brother uses somekind of lard on his blackpowder muskets
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Campy special white grease. Bought a 500gr tin (plastic) in the '70s, and it still works great. It shows no signs of degradation that I can see.
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Old 08-26-10, 03:42 PM
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Comma Low Melting point grease for BB's, headsets and general lubing - really smooth, soft grease that stays in place well. 1.29 for a 1lb tub so I always keep plenty to hand. Weldtite white lithium for cables, it's lighter and cleaner, also for brake arms, seat posts and stems. Weldtite red molybdenum grease in my grease injector for pedals and wheel bearings, it squirts in neatly and keeps water out. Rocol graphite scuffing paste or Thompson's special gun grease (the same thing really but more fluid) for brushing on threads & cotters before assembly - even years later they release cleanly. Finicky? maybe - and I do sometimes grab whatever's closest!
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I use park in a tube because it is not messy and easy to transport. in the shop we used cheap white or lithium for assembly but for bearings we had Park, Phil, Syn, Bullshot... there was always "good" bearing grease around.


FWIW don't laugh at the bacon grease. my brother uses somekind of lard on his blackpowder muskets
Not laughing - presume it's "period correct" and keeps the damp off?
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I'm supposed to use grease ! ? ? ? !




I use a clear blue synthetic, waterproof, "Marine" grease. I bought a small tub of it in about 1980 and it is still about 1/3 full. That is 30 years of use on motorcycles and bikes from a single tub. This stuff is identical to Phil grease (as far as I can tell) and it costs a whole lot less.

I also have a tub of wheel bearing grease, but this doesn't typically get used on my bikes, as they do not benefit from/have no need for "high temperature" grease.

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I have used mostly Phil Wood "Waterproof Grease" on my bikes. Seems to be good enough for most conditions. Recently ran out though and have been using Mobil Synthetic grease I got for free as samples long ago mixed in with lighter liquid grease I got from the LBS (Can't remember its name).....seem to be good enough for most conditions...so far...
The stresses on most bike components aren't that great anyway, so super high shear resistance isn't that neccessary when choosing lubricants IMO.
As long as you regulary service your bike and clean off/change the old contaminated grease from bearings, you should be OK.

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Originally Posted by Fasteryoufool View Post
I've always used regular old molybdenum automotive grease when servicing bikes,
I have a tub of that. It seems to work fine for my hubs in these dry conditions and a few rainy days
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The waterproof marine bearing grease sold at Walmart.
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Originally Posted by Oldpeddaller View Post
Not laughing - presume it's "period correct" and keeps the damp off?
Patch lube.
But if he's using bacon grease as patch and bore lube he's gonna spend a lot more time cleaning and way less time shooting.

I use wheel bearing grease. $26 for a big tub. If it can keep the bearings in a 10 000lb truck happy should be good enough for any bicycle.
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I've got wheel bearing grease that is specified for Fords. Apparently, there's Ford, and there's GM spec grease - the Ford grease is waterproof...the GM isn't.
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I use the Phil Wood. I like the way it feels when I stick my finger in it.
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Originally Posted by RavingManiac View Post
I use the Phil Wood. I like the way it feels when I stick my finger in it.
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Originally Posted by ricohman View Post
Patch lube.
But if he's using bacon grease as patch and bore lube he's gonna spend a lot more time cleaning and way less time shooting.



I use wheel bearing grease. $26 for a big tub. If it can keep the bearings in a 10 000lb truck happy should be good enough for any bicycle.
Ah, yes of course! Black powder. Great smell even without the added bacon.
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Originally Posted by Pars View Post
Campy special white grease. Bought a 500gr tin (plastic) in the '70s, and it still works great. It shows no signs of degradation that I can see.
+1
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If I was going to use some special high dollar grease, I would use it on the bearings of my truck that takes 200 ft pounds of torque and 3000 rpms for hours at a time, goes about 50,000 miles between bearing changes and gets tons of grime thrown at it. I use Wal-Mart brand grease.
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I buy a tub of white grease at the auto parts store every 20 years or so. Never liked the Phil Wood stuff...

Wheel bearing grease seems too thick to me.
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Festo synthetic, NGLI Grade 2. We use it at the facility I work at, for all our pharma machinery.
I have a lot of it
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