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    AZ home mechanics: What kind of grease are you using?

    As annoying as the constant "What tires to buy for AZ riding" threads are, I present to you all something similar but different.

    I seem to be venturing deeper into the home bike mechanic worm hole, and I seem to get bike dumber and feel like a neewb all over again.
    Do any of you home mechanics have a real preference to what grease you are using on bottom brackets and hubs? I've seen reviews and articles proclaiming that one brand is better than another at shedding water/not breaking down/being 'slicker'. There even seems to be debate whether or not to use auto grease on a bike.
    It would seem like the safe and easy bet is to just get park tools polylube 1000, or ask my LBS what they use, but I can't make it that easy on myself. I want to know what the local DIYers are using for our hot dusty summer climate.
    I think I'm not as good as I thought.

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    Depends. For everyday grease (BB/headset cups, packing bearings, etc.) I personally use red or blue synthetic automotive grease that you buy in bulk cheap at Auto Zone. I wouldn't use it in hubs necessarily, but otherwise I've been using it for years.

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    ^This.

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    Why the difference between BB grease and hub grease?
    School me.
    I think I'm not as good as I thought.

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    I use auto grease for bearings, BB's, headsets, etc. I use park tool grease for my rear hub and slick honey for suspension stuff. I believe the difference in the grease for the rear hub is thickness. I used to use just Phil wood tenacious oil in my hub but got too lazy to service it more often.

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    I've always used tri flow synthetic for essentially everything, including bottom brackets and hubs, as well as seat posts and whatnot. That was what the bike shop I worked at did, so I carried it on with my own bikes. Hasn't failed me yet. But I also bought it because I was at the bike shop. The automotive grease is what I would buy if I ran out. I'd also use it for everything. In all reality, grease is grease. It lubricates and prevents corrosion.

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    Same thing I use to pack bearings on an old Bronco, Timken Premium Red.
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    AZ home mechanics: What kind of grease are you using?

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    I like Slick Honey for suspension components, also works nice on shift cables. We started using Motorex at work and it's a very nice general purpose grease (it's the yellow/green translucent stuff).
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    wait,, we're supposed to take our bikes apart?

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    AZ home mechanics: What kind of grease are you using?

    Being a Moto guy I always have Bel Ray bearing grease on hand. It has worked for everything and at my speed the grease I use isn't going to make that much difference.


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    +1 for belray

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    +1 for Phil
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    +1 for Grease!

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    I use this MOREY’S SUPER RED -PREMIUM WATERPROOF GREASE | Morey's Lubrication Systems
    works great. last time i bought it at Mesa MUFFLER. works great and is a thinner viscosity
    like bikes need.
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    Park Tool Grease.
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    I just use KY since it's multi-purpose....when things don't fit, I add the codeine syrup into the mix and it loosens things right up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Maadjurguer View Post
    I just use KY since it's multi-purpose....when things don't fit, I add the codeine syrup into the mix and it loosens things right up.
    Love it!! Great way to start the weekend!
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    Elbow grease
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    No grease in favor of weight savings

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    I built 2 bikes. My first eventually started squeaking 'cause I like to wash my bikes after a ride or two. Very annoying to say the least (the squeaking that is.. bike washing is very relaxing). When I built my second bike, I used waterproof marine grease from home depot . It seems to hold up very well after repeated washes.

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