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Question on bike assemblyAndy
Jul 19, 2001 11:22 AM
I am assembling a bike and would like to know if you are supposed to lightly grease all threads before assembly. For example, bottom bracket threads, brake bolts, front and rear derailluer mounting bolts etc. I've found some helpful reference information from the Park Tool web site but they don't say anything about what you should and should not grease before tightening.

Also, can I use my Phil Wood waterproof grease for this or should I purchase some other type of grease?
Lubricants...Cima Coppi
Jul 19, 2001 12:04 PM
I have tried many lubricants for threads over the years and have concluded that they all do the job adequately. Definitely lubricate all threads, esp. the BB shell, steerer tube, pedals, mounting bolts, etc. This will help the bolts from seizing. Lately, many folks have recommended using teflon tape on the BB cups, and this is also a good option. Another lubricant I like to use is an automotive product called Anti-Seize. Its designed for spark plugs, but I have had good success with it on the bb shell.

Phil Wood grease is excellent, but its kind of expensive, and its really designed for bearings. Save it for your hubs and headset races.

Good luck!!

anti-seizeRusty McNasty
Jul 20, 2001 5:01 AM
I would suggest that you use this anyplace where dissimilar metals touch. I use it on my seatpost, headset, and BB. Be careful, tough, the silver color will stain clothes (especially black cycling shorts), and will not come out.