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spray lube: which kind?(7 posts)

spray lube: which kind?Gall
Mar 13, 2002 5:37 PM
hello again...

my shifters on my road and cx bike are getting dry. i was wondering which kind of spray lube i should use on/in my shifters and my other bike parts.

thanks!
did you try PAM? (nm)Rusty McNasty
Mar 13, 2002 5:55 PM
re: spray lube: which kind?Woof the dog
Mar 13, 2002 6:29 PM
I assume you are talking about sti. Clean the shifter the best you can to remove all the dust that is stuck by all the tiny slits/moving parts and spray some WD-40 in there(not too much though). Its not really a long term lube but it will help to clear things up a little bit, hopefully. STI were made to work without any lube, and unless you have real trouble shifting, you shouldn't lube them: There is always a chance of contaminating all the little gears and what not with dirt, and that will really get u in trouble.

I use prolink for cables and chain, dry lube or white lightning for other things like deraillers and other nonsense that never really needs lube. Use phil wood grease for things like pedal spindles, stem/bars, all the bearings, bb, hubs, seatpost. Common sense, man!

Sincerely

Woof, the well lubed dog.
Same method as Woof, but watch one thing.....DINOSAUR
Mar 13, 2002 7:31 PM
I also presume you are talking about sti's. They are lubricated at the factory and they do dry out after a period of time. I used the above WD-40 method. I tipped my bike upside down and sprayed with WD-40, then I allowed them to dry out (hot weather is better for this as they will dry quicker). Then I inserted a couple of drops of Prolink. Then I worked the mechanism about a dozen times or so allowing the Prolink to penetrate

However, periodically check the little screws that secure the little levers. Doing this might cause them to loosen after a period of time. I lost a screw because I didn't check.
WD-40 for sure.Elefantino
Mar 13, 2002 9:04 PM
There's probably some laying around the house. Just don't used too much. It gunks. Good idea to get an air sprayer and blast the area before and after.

FWIW
Mike
boesheild t-9 (is there anything it cant do) ;-) NMSpirito di Finocchio
Mar 14, 2002 10:05 AM
I don't like sprays - try a needle applicator.jw25
Mar 14, 2002 10:21 AM
I've stopped using spray lube, as it's hard to keep the overspray off rims, tires, the floor, walls, etc.
When I stocked up on Prolink, I got the needle applicator, which is great for lubing the chain. It also lets you lube just the pivots of derailleurs, and should let you apply a few drops of lube right to the shifting mechanism. I've had great luck lubing cables by squeezing the brake lever, dropping a few drops on the exposed cable, releasing, and repeating a few times - works like a charm. Shifters can be done the same way, and a few drops into the ends of housing smooths things out fast.
The solvent content of Prolink seems pretty high, or they use something pretty strong, so 'd bet you could just use Prolink, and skip the messy WD-40 part. Besides, it's a nice chain lube, and not too expensive, seeing as 1 bottle's lasted me for 8 months now, and is still a third full. On 3 bikes, that seems like a decent investment to me. And no, I don't work for them, I just like the stuff.
Hope this helps.