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    Grease.

    Does it matter what type of grease I use for my cable housing? I have some that's meant for high performance RC car differentials. Can I use it?
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    That is mostly silicon grease, and I would stay away from it. In my experience my gables ran better without grease, just a light oiling like some tri-flow or what not.
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    I never use lube on my cables. Full housing and Teflon coated cables work best dry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy
    I never use lube on my cables. Full housing and Teflon coated cables work best dry.
    Hmm, but wouldn't grease reduce friction?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris4ka
    Hmm, but wouldn't grease reduce friction?
    At first, yes, but after some time, it will attract dirt and that would ruin everthing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angelobryant
    At first, yes, but after some time, it will attract dirt and that would ruin everthing.
    I can see that happening with partial housing, but I'm using full housing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boris4ka
    I can see that happening with partial housing, but I'm using full housing.
    It still gums up with use.

    I replace cables maybe every other year. Have not lubed a cable in more than ten.
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    As Shiggy advises, use a good quality cable and housing dry. No grease.

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    Ok thanks everyone.
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    A time when grease in the cables is useful is riding in below freezing weather, and storing your bike inside (above freezing). Melt water (or from a previous rainy ride) does get into your cable housing. It'll freeze in there during a sub-zero ride, and you either cannot shift, or cannot brake. BTDT, several of us.

    Properly greased cables prevent water intrusion, and even if some water gets in, it will prevent it from freezing your cables solid.

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