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to grase or not to grease(11 posts)

to grase or not to greaseNoam
Jan 7, 2004 4:13 AM
It drive me mad. Every time I am out of the saddle I get this squeaky noise. I think it comes from my ITM Millennium stem. Shall I grease the bar and stirrer clamps.
when in doubt, grease.niteschaos
Jan 7, 2004 5:39 AM
If they recommend a light greasing of your seat post, then I think I'd lightly grease here. If you are cautious, just take everything apart, then clean it really well and put it back together.

side note: I tried Mobil 1 today as a chain lube and it rules! I felt it was smoother than anything I've tried from Finish Line Lubes, but I haven't tried Tri-flow, so I can't compare there either. First ride out was dry but dusty and the chain still looks good. (I just used some Mobil 1 that I didn't use on my last oil change.)
when in doubt, grease.Noam
Jan 7, 2004 6:40 AM
Seat post? I was refering to the stem.
Mobil 1 questionjw25
Jan 7, 2004 10:18 AM
Did you dilute it with mineral spirits, a la the homebrew recipes here, or use it straight? What weight - I'm guessing the 5W-30, but they make a 0W something that's tempting to homebrew.
Sadly, I just bought RocknRoll Gold and Extreme, which rock, and still have a bottle of Prolink to use up, too. My lube fetish is fast approaching my tire fetish... so glad the wife is okay with it all.
Mobil 1 answerniteschaos
Jan 7, 2004 12:33 PM
Yeah, I used 5W-30 cause my truck only uses 4 quarts instead of the full 5 I bought. I just eye-balled a 33% mix of Mobil 1 and Low Odor Mineral Spirits.

About the stem, I read your post, but I'm saying if it's good enough for the seatpost, it should be fine for your stem.
Problems with homebrew?kilimanjaro
Jan 7, 2004 2:53 PM
I have been using homebrew 1 part 10w30 and 3 or 4 parts mineral spirits (the odered kind, it was what I had laying around).

After a couple of rainy rides I noticed that I have a rust spot in one of the inner rollers. What did I do wrong?
homebrew? just add the olives CheersNoam
Jan 7, 2004 5:55 PM
Rainy rides: Re-apply after every ride...Spunout
Jan 8, 2004 4:46 AM
as you probably would with any lube. Unless you lube with axle grease, most is lost in the rain.
I too agree...niteschaos
Jan 8, 2004 6:11 AM
because every lube I have used either wore off in the rain, or collected so much crap that the chain had to be cleaned anyway. No I have enough material to lube after every single ride if necessary.
I too agree...Woof the dog
Jan 9, 2004 5:39 AM
your screen name almost sounds like night nachos


Problems with homebrew?Chen2
Jan 9, 2004 9:05 AM
Instead of rain, maybe it was sweat? Salt water has a way of getting to the metal and causing corrosion (rust, oxidation).