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Anti-Sieze cream?(7 posts)

Anti-Sieze cream?sodade
Mar 24, 2002 5:46 PM
I have a spiffy new Merlin (Ti) frame with a Thompson (Al)seatpost. I have been trying to troubleshoot this annoying creak and so I decided to regrease the post. Then I thought, "gee, shouldn't I use anti-sieze cream?" So I went to the bike store and bought this huge jar of Shimano anti-sieze and liberally slathered it in the seat tube and on the post and inserted, carefully wiping off the oozeing overflow of cream. Then I started feeling a little chemical headache coming on. I looked at the warning labels on the jar to do a little RTFMing and realized that this sh't is toxic death! And now I have a ton of the crap oozeing inside my beautiful Merlin seat tube and I am wondering if I haven't made a big mistake! So what is the deal - am I supposed to use this stuff? Does everyone in a similar situation do the same? Am I going to get high from the fumes when it gets really hot out? Should I attempt to clean it out? How? Help!!!
Not to worryKerry Irons
Mar 24, 2002 7:10 PM
First off, all you need for Ti is grease. This is what Litespeed recommends, and I have had no problems in 4 seasons. However, you've done no harm by using antiseize, you just don't need it. It seems HIGHLY unlikely that you got any effects from using this stuff. The metals in antiseize have to be absorbed to be toxic. You weren't eating it, were you? What fumes? This stuff is a thick paste with virtually no odor, which means virtually no fumes. There is no health risk with antiseize "when used as directed."
Mar 25, 2002 5:51 AM
I have an AL frame and Ti seatpost. Inexpensive Lithium grease works fine. I just pull my seat post and re-apply a couple of times a year. I do have some anti-seize that a friend at a LBS gave me but it doesn't have any unusual odor. I used it once and it was just too messy. I doubt the fumes would cause any problems on the open road.
Mar 25, 2002 11:34 AM
In my experience Lithium grease is a pretty inferior product to use on a bike. The stuff tends to get dried out and cakey after a while and then things really don't work. This problem is componded if it's around a wet or marine environment. If you sweat a bunch or ride in the rain it's the same thing. I bought a ti bike used and it had the litium treatment everywhere - it was a bear getting things apart. Try using something like Phil, Pedro's, or Finish Line grease - you won't have to pull things apart a couple times per year and clean.
re: Anti-Siezedzrider
Mar 25, 2002 6:46 AM
I sweat more than most people can imagine and have had lots of trouble with galvanic corrosion binding seatposts, quill stems, or any place where steel and aluminum come in contact. I find that anti-sieze grease from auto parts stores works very well to prevent the problem. It's just ordinary grease with some copper in it, but it seems to do the trick. I've not tried it with titanium, but it's cheap enough and looks very similar to a product called "Ti-Prep" so you may want to give it a try. Enjoy the Merlin!
re: Anti-Siezefuzzybunnies
Mar 25, 2002 5:00 PM
it pretty much is ti prep and is the only type og grease that should be used on a ti frame. The copper prevents corrosion between the ti and aluminum or another ti surface.
Anti-Sieze cream will keep your nuts from sticking to the seatLC
Mar 26, 2002 10:52 AM
May have to think about it!