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The only lube you'll ever need

Old 09-22-08, 11:44 AM
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The only lube you'll ever need

is Finish Line Dry Lubricant, according to my LBS. Is this true? Is this the right stuff for everything from chain to bottom bracket to front fork?
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Ask your LBS why they sell tubes of grease.
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They mean liquid lube..... yes, it works well but its not intended for 'bearings'
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Originally Posted by tntyz View Post
is Finish Line Dry Lubricant, according to my LBS. Is this true? Is this the right stuff for everything from chain to bottom bracket to front fork?

Poppycock! There is a reason lubes are made in various weights and formulas.
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Old 09-22-08, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by tntyz View Post
is Finish Line Dry Lubricant, according to my LBS. Is this true? Is this the right stuff for everything from chain to bottom bracket to front fork?

FYI: Check out the tutorial on lubricants and grease at http://bicycletutor.com/lubricants/
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Old 09-22-08, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
Poppycock! There is a reason lubes are made in various weights and formulas.
Absolutely. Check the Finish Line website. They make great stuff, but it isn't everything.
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Old 09-22-08, 12:50 PM
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So I cleaned everything yesterday and lubed with Finish Line Dry Lubricant. Have I done any harm?
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Old 09-22-08, 12:56 PM
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I can't believe they seriously meant for you to use Finish Line Dry in your bottom bracket.
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Originally Posted by tntyz View Post
So I cleaned everything yesterday and lubed with Finish Line Dry Lubricant. Have I done any harm?

It depends on how many miles you managed to put on your chain before you cleaned it thoroughly. If your chain is fairly new, you're probably OK. If not, your chain might already be past the time to replace it, in which case you might have irreparably damaged one or more of your cassette cogs. If your chain isn't fairly new, you need to measure it for wear. http://www.sheldonbrown.com/chains.html#length
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Old 09-22-08, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by caloso View Post
I can't believe they seriously meant for you to use Finish Line Dry in your bottom bracket.
Okay, to cut the LBS some slack, the clerk did NOT seem very experienced. I asked for the recommended product to lube my chain. He gave me the dry lube. I asked whether the front fork could be lubed with it. Response was yes, no problem. I asked about what else I needed to fully maintain lubrication on the bike and was told that the dry lube is really all that I needed.

I did squirt some into the bottom bracket. Harmless, or do I need to tear it apart, clean it out, and re-lube?

I did the chain, derailleur parts, wheel hubs, pedals, too. Basically anything that looks like it moves got lubricated. Any problems with that?

Finally, the front fork got lubed with it too. Any harm there? The bike is a Trek 7500.

Basically, I now understand that there are better lubricants for specific jobs and I want to make sure that I didn't actually do harm to anything by applying the dry lube.
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Originally Posted by tntyz View Post
is Finish Line Dry Lubricant, according to my LBS. Is this true? Is this the right stuff for everything from chain to bottom bracket to front fork?
This statement is wrong on every level I can think of.
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For oiling basic moving parts like chain, gears, etc it's fine.
If you're tearing down the whole bike to the frame you'll need some heavy grease for the bottom bracket, seat tube and stem/fork.
I'm assuming the clerk was assuming you'd just be doing light maintenance.
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Old 09-22-08, 11:16 PM
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You don't really need another comment on this, but I wrote a story about lubes and bikes one time and tried several things to see if they'd work.
I wouldn't be comfortable with a light lube in my wheel bearings, but I'm pretty sure it would be OK. Most bearings on a bike are lightly loaded compared to, say, a car. I've trickled Phil's Tenacious Oil (like thick motor oil) into noisy BB bearings in a pinch when I didn't have time to rebuild, and a couple of time trialers around here used to use WD-40 on their hubs, supposedly for lower friction (of course they rebuilt every few rides). I have cheap wheel I'm going to rebuild for my beater this winter. Maybe I'll use finish line in the hubs and see what happens....
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