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Lube and Grease recomendations

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Tharg2007, 12 May 2008.

  1. Tharg2007

    Tharg2007 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Manchester
    Need to make a purchase of some grease and some lube and could do with some recommendations

    Grease needed for headsets etc to keep water out in wet weather, needs to be long lasting.

    lube for my chain , needs to repel water and grime from commuting.

    so finish line, park tool, rock n roll or something else?
     
  2. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Staff Member

    for the chain i'd recommend finish line cross country.
     
  3. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    Chain: Finishline Cross Country

    Every thing else: Get a big tub of Castrol heavy grease (Halfords?) that is suitable for boat trailer bearings.

    It's about as water resistant as you'll find and despite the 'heavy' bit of its name, is no 'heavier' than any other grease. Well, not enough to slow you down!

    Load it up into a 'needle point' grease gun and you are ready to go. For years and years. And all for less than some fancy repackaged specialist bicycle grease.
     
  4. Or finishline pro road
     
  5. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    Location:
    Crewe
    I like Finish Line Pro-Raod too.

    My grease is Bikehut teflon grease - seems ok, but I'd go with Tim's recommendation over mine.
     
  6. OP
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    Tharg2007

    Tharg2007 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Manchester
    I like the sound of Tims advice, don't like the thought of being a fool out of by some young marketing upstart.
     
  7. mondobongo

    mondobongo Über Member

    Just started using Finish Line Pro Road and am well impressed, far superior to that Pedros Ice stuff.
     
  8. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    Location:
    Mlehworld
    Finish Line really do make good oil :biggrin:
     
  9. OP
    OP
    Tharg2007

    Tharg2007 Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Manchester
    now where do i get a needlepoint grease gun, the ones on cycle stores seem to fix onto tubes of grease rather than come with a refillable container
     
  10. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    I swear by this stuff. As for grease, grease is grease is grease, no? Certainly for anything bikey.
     
  11. Ivan Ardon

    Ivan Ardon Well-Known Member

    +1 for Tim's grease recommendation. A bicycle is really light duty compared to a car or motorcycle application. Despite what a bike shop might tell you, you don 't need anything special.
     
  12. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Oil for the chain. Copaslip for threads. LM for moving parts.
     
  13. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    Sorry, I don't mean to be snotty, but isn't it generally reckoned that oil on a chain is A Bad Idea. Crap sticks to it. Rain washes it off. And you get filthy every time you fix a puncture. Proper chain lube is a fiver for enough to last years, and worth every penny. (And I speak as an honorary member of the tight git association.)
     
  14. campagman

    campagman Über Member

    Location:
    at home
    Don't you need to use a special grease in places where you are trying to stop corrosion between different materials i.e between steel frame and aluminium seat post? That's why the post gets stuck if not greased every couple of years.
     
  15. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    I like Finish line cross country too.
    No votes for vaseline as grease then?