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    Camelbak o-ring lube

    I struggled for years with tight camelbak closures; they are almost impossible to open.
    I recently started pulling the o-ring off, putting cooking oil on it, and re-installing. I used pam cooking spray, and takes a few seconds. I also tried keg lube, which did not work so well.

    It does not last more than a day or two, but is a massive improvement, especially for an event like SM100. Closing is so easy, you need to be careful not to turn further than needed. Opening is much easier but still takes a little to get it going.

    Has anyone come up with a better solution?

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    Don't know if you were looking for something organic but we used to use 3M dielectric silicon grease to lube o-rings. Works great but I guess you'd have to watch getting down into the bladder.

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    Yeah I've found this to be a complete PITA too. I frequently use a pair of pliers to get some leverage.

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    Food Grade Silicon Grease

    This stuff is made to lubricate machinery used to process/package food.

    Does not promote bacteria growth and you can eat it without any ill affects!

    Not sure where you can get it retail though.

    Tilos

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    Couldn't cooking oil get rancid over time and make your tummy feel bad??

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    a few drops of mineral oil

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    I've used neosporin (already in my first aid pack) and lip balm to lube o-rings on my water filter and camelback in the past.

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    Signature? I don't need no stinking signature.

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    Good Find on the Spray

    Quote Originally Posted by insect_o_man
    I'm thinking HDepot or sLowes may have the grease near the refridge replacement filters.

    Food safe grease is used for water filter O rings, water softeners, and maybe just somewhere in the plumbing dept.

    Tilos

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    I use a few drops of cooking oil on the ring without removing it and I find it will last a couple of months. Perhaps it's because when tightening it up, I turn until the ridge of the lid is vertical. Then there are no leaks and it's not overtight. If it's too hard to turn to vertical I know it's time to re-oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtRider
    I struggled for years with tight camelbak closures; they are almost impossible to open.
    I recently started pulling the o-ring off, putting cooking oil on it, and re-installing. I used pam cooking spray, and takes a few seconds. I also tried keg lube, which did not work so well.

    It does not last more than a day or two, but is a massive improvement, especially for an event like SM100. Closing is so easy, you need to be careful not to turn further than needed. Opening is much easier but still takes a little to get it going.

    Has anyone come up with a better solution?
    Nalgene bladder.

    Truly a wealth of useless information.


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    Get rid of that camelbak. Why keep junk on your racing? I got a Nalgene, but the swivel hose leaks now, yet it was easy to oepn. Other bladders open at the top, and just fold to seal. If your too cheap for a new bladder another food grade grease might be partionally hydrogenated oil (crisco) it will never go rancid as it's not a real food, bugs won't even eat it.

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    Thanks all for the feedback.
    I do have some concern about cooking oil going rancid; one reason I was looking for ideas.

    The oil did work great at SM100 this past weekend, so we have that going.
    I did try food grade silicone and did not like it; more stiction than expected, a surprise.

    I'll be looking into a different brand when I need to replace what I have.

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