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What grease and what solvent do you use ?(6 posts)

What grease and what solvent do you use ?PeterRider
Jun 28, 2002 10:41 AM
What grease do you use for things that have bearings, like headset, hubs, bottom bracket ?

Also, what solvent should i use to remove loctite-type stuff on spokes ? I want to take a wheel apart...


re: What grease and what solvent do you use ?brider
Jun 28, 2002 11:20 AM
I use Phil Wood grease for pretty much everything.

If you're taking the wheel apart, it's a safe bet you ddon't want to re-use the spokes, so just cut them.
re: What grease and what solvent do you use ?No_sprint
Jun 28, 2002 11:33 AM
For grease I use a combination of Campy and Bullshot grease. An ex pro and coach from Eastern Europe taught me this trick a long time ago.
Grease and SolventGregory Taylor
Jun 28, 2002 11:39 AM
I've been using Phil Wood grease for a while -- very good stuff. In a pinch, I also use Blue Boat Trailer Bearing grease. It's formulated to be sticky and not wash out of wheelbearings that get dunked in water. It smells horrible, but seems to work pretty well.

You can cut the spokes, but you will still have to clean the inside of the rim before you rebuild the wheel (if you are reusing the rim). I use mineral spirits -- cheap, dries clean, and pretty decent solvent. Just use a clean rag and wipe down the inside of the rim and the eyelets for the spokes. Let it dry, and then let the wheelbuilding begin!
re: What grease and what solvent do you use ?SnowBlind
Jun 28, 2002 12:10 PM
Like others have said, Phil wood grease and mineral spirits or kerosene.
As for the spokes, if you have never done a wheel build before I suggest you replace them one at a time, retensioning as you go.
Unless you have all the goodies for building wheels, the are impossible. If you do have the tools, they are just a major pain in the a$$.
Drift - impossible?Kerry
Jun 28, 2002 4:42 PM
Building wheels is impossible without "all the goodies"? A major pain in the butt if you do have the tools? I sense a skill set issue here. It may be your opinion that this is the case, but clearly some people have no difficulty building a wheel in about 45 minutes (or less) while watching TV. People have built fine wheels with only a spoke wrench and their bike frame for the truing/dishing. Don't make something seem difficult for everybody - it's just your opinion, not fact.