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Old 05-12-18, 03:42 PM
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Lubing Moving Parts of Derailleur / Cables

What do most people lube the moving parts of their derailleur ... I've always used chain oil on mine but recently saw a video where they used GT85 / WD40 instead ... interested to know what most other people use / what's recommended and again if GT85 / WD40 are the best thing for lubing cables as well?
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I actually use a teflon based wax for those areas.
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I usually grease the cables. Put a dab on my finger & thumb and then spread it on the cable before inserting into the housing.
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My beater MTB RD was so gunked up with crap that using any lubricant would have been useless. I saturated it with WD40 to rid all the build up. After it dried I used a bit of oil. It's no longer a single-speed.
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I use triflo on everything but the cables where I use Phil's grease.
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Old 05-12-18, 05:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
I usually grease the cables. Put a dab on my finger & thumb and then spread it on the cable before inserting into the housing.
Hi .. are you talking about with new cables or are you saying once in a while you take them out of their housing ... say when washing the bike ... and put a bit of grease on ?
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Old 05-12-18, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by Troul View Post
I actually use a teflon based wax for those areas.
Any idea's what that's like in the wet and if it's fairly resilient or washes off?
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Originally Posted by Witterings View Post
Any idea's what that's like in the wet and if it's fairly resilient or washes off?
As scheduled preventative maintenance, I replace my cables & housings bi-annually. Never have any issues that lubricant could address up to that point. The main degradation happens to the exterior of the casing, which is likely UV induced [cracking] . No real difference experienced with it washing away compared to other lubricants/grease used.
Water has not raised any brow to its integrity.

Plus, i've noticed less gunk build up & less grime sticking to it.
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I use this on every thing on my bike:

https://www.liquidwrench.com/product/silicone-spray/

Every few months, I hit the front/rear derailleur and shifters. I use a rag and wipe down the frame, all plastic parts and cables. I believe this has helped in keeping UV degradation from happening. I even wipe down my synthetic saddle. Oh, and I do the tire side walls also. On the first ride it does seem to pick up some dust, but this easily blows off with my air compressor.
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
I usually grease the cables. Put a dab on my finger & thumb and then spread it on the cable before inserting into the housing.
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Old 05-13-18, 04:12 AM
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Bike maintenance is something we take seriously here at Art's Cyclery. We want to make sure your bike functions perfectly every time you go out. Whether you're on a mountain bike, or a road bike, we'll be there every step of the way to make sure you have the best experience possible. These days nearly all housing comes pre-greased from the factory so there is no need to add more grease to the system. But there is another reason we don't grease cables and that is because we feel that the grease introduces more drag on the cable and attracts dirt. While the grease will keep the cable working longer than an un-greased housing, you still have the problem of increased drag on a brand new cable.
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Cheers for everyone's help / input, will grease the cables .... also happened to buy some silicone spray literally a couple of days ago as my car windows were sticking so will probably use that on the gears.
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
I usually grease the cables. Put a dab on my finger & thumb and then spread it on the cable before inserting into the housing.
I use silicone spray for cables and housings - grease can degrade and get gummy after a while. Years back, I failed to clean out and regrease the headset bearings in a timely fashion and the result was that it became noticeably hard to turn the bars.

So now I thoroughly spray silicone spray into the cable housings before I insert new cables, and then I saturate the new cables with silicone spray before inserting them into the housings.
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Originally Posted by Witterings View Post
What do most people lube the moving parts of their derailleur ... I've always used chain oil on mine but recently saw a video where they used GT85 / WD40 instead ... interested to know what most other people use / what's recommended and again if GT85 / WD40 are the best thing for lubing cables as well?
I use ProGold chain oil applied to the derailleur joints with a syringe and hypodermic needle. The needle puts the oil in the joints, where you want it, and not all over the outside of the derailleur. It's also not as messy when applied and there's no clean up afterward. Keeps the derailleurs shifting beautifully.
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By Soldering my cables before cutting them to length, I can pull them, add a little grease,
and feed them back in without dealing with the frayed ends,
because I soldered where I was going to cut them.
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Old 05-13-18, 05:22 PM
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I always forget to solder the cables prior to cutting. Fml. Lol
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My cable housings are lined and I use the slickest cables I can find (stainless, not galvanized) and have no issues with brakes or shifters. I use Marvel's Mystery Oil on all pivot points.
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