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Feb 16, 2002 10:04 PM
I will be servicing a set of hubs later today and have always wondered what kind of grease is okay. I have the white finish line lube which I don't think is heavy enough and I have the stuff they lube car bearings with, like dinosaur inerds. Is that stuff too heavy. Don't suggest Phil Wood, I don't have it, after all it is only grease, not gold bullion. Just need to know if the thick stuff is okay. Thanks.
Feb 17, 2002 12:31 AM
Yes, car bearing grease is perfectly acceptable. Like you said, it's grease, not gold bullion. And in fact, all but the very cheapest car lube greases these days are lithium-types, like fine bike greases. They just don't have that creamy white, looks-so-good-you-could-eat-it-right-out-of-the-can appeal of the more upscale lubricants.

Of course, do be sure to purchase your grease on a busy weekend at the local Autozone, and make sure you ride there (preferably on a recumbent), wearing your most outrageous cycle garb (the more sponsorships by European companies the better), as you sidle up to the counter between the car'billies and ask for your tub of grease.
Funny you should mention that Co.Lone Gunman
Feb 17, 2002 9:55 AM
I worked for them for a 1.5 years. Went to this big regional meeting at Orlando when I had been with the Co for 6 months, and each event had a dress code. The first night was business casual. I step out of my hotel room in wool slacks and sweater (late October) and virtually every employee I saw was wearing an untucked t-shirt with a stock car on it, ball cap, and faded jeans and tennis shoes or western boots. I knew at that moment that i would have a short history with that CO. It isn't a company, it's an outfit!
i donnoWoof the dog
Feb 17, 2002 7:32 AM
there was a long thread on cyclingforum about grease and answers varied wildly. Some would say a car grease is fine, while others said that it wouldn't work as well, as it is supposed to reach higher temperatures to be more effective. In any case it was a mess and the point i got is that you would be better off using bike-specific greases, so i bet finish line is fine. Or better yet, get P.W. ;-)


Woof the bacon grease dog.
FWIW, never a problem with Sta-lube boat trailer greaseRetro
Feb 18, 2002 8:13 AM
It's a little thick, but ever since I read that Gary Fisher assembled his mountain bikes with Sta-Lube boat trailer wheel bearing grease (had to be at least 15 years ago), I've used it for everything that doesn't show (which is just about everything but the seat post). It's cheap, does the job and when I do my regular-as-clockwork-whenever-I-get-around-to-it-every-three-years-or-so teardowns, everything looks like new. The BB in my commuter is at least 12 years old, and it gets pretty constant use.
Went to the local Auto Parts store...Lone Gunman
Feb 18, 2002 5:13 PM
and got a 16oz tub of Coastal bearing lube, feels like grease to me, not too heavy, tan colored grease.