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    Hi All,

    I'm starting to learn how to do my own bike maintenance, and I'm wondering what lubes, greases, and other similar things I'm going to need.

    The repairs that are in my near future are changing the chain, cassette, cranks, and BB. For those, what greases and such should I have?

    Thanks!

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    You don't need a whole lot. Chain lube, which also can be used for cables & dérailleur pivots. If you ride in the wet a lot, wet oil recommended. If you ride mostly dry dusty, try a dry/wax type lube. Grease I usually keep a tube of Finish Line white synthetic grease handy. Works ok as an assembly grease, though I'll usually grab a tub of anti-seize specifically for threads and the like. If repacking bearing then the Finish Line works good. If you ride in harsh wet conditions you might consider a heavier grease that will resist water longer. Lots of higher end components use cartridge bearings which aren't easily serviceable and often are just replaced. You can pop seals and repack, but that take some small dexterity and runs risks of damaging the seal. There are a few which have built in grease ports, in which you can get the injection nozzle attachment that fits on the finish line tube.

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    Ok, thank you!

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    I highly recommend: White Lightning - White Lightning
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    I have 4 things on my work bench:

    Rubbing alcohol in a small spray bottle. Use for cleaning off disc rotors.
    Chain lube - Rock and Roll Gold...greatest lube I have used.
    Phil Wood grease. Good for bearings.
    Tri-Flo. Better than other chain lubes for cables, pulleys, etc. Small dropper bottle works well for this.

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    ^^^this. While I have tried many products over the years and have many of them on the shelf for occasional use, TiGeo's list is pretty much what I'm using now.

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    I will also add a few more:

    Pledge - awesome bike polish
    One of the newer high-pressure "dry" degreasers - Finish Line is my current can, but have used the White Lightning brand as well. Works great for cassettes and anything else that has more gunk that it should.

    Also, lube is so personal (uhuhuhuhuhuh) - I have used all different kinds from basic red-cap Finish Line Teflon to White Lightning (too much build up) to Dumond (amazing, lasts forever, smells good). RnR Gold is really the balance of cleanliness/service life I have found so far.
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    I've tried lots of different chain lubes over the years...... I've settled on Squirt, lasts a while and does not collect dust/dirt being a wax based lube.

    Water proof grease from a marine shop is good for the bottom bracket and headset. (You will eventually find that if you use regular grease, your bearings will have corrosion/rusting on them) Sweat will get into your head tube area and riding through puddles/water will get into your BB)
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    WD40 and PB blaster to help break busted stuff apart
    rubbing alcohol to wipe off the WD40
    lots and lots of towels

    citrus degreaser
    chain lube
    boat axle grease (marine grease) for hubs and bearings
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    ^^^what is getting so bad you need to "bust it apart"?

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    ^^^10-4.
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    I like using White Lighting in dusty condition or Epic Ride in slightly wetter condition and on pivot points of the derailleurs .
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    soaking a dirty chain and cassette in some good strength degreaser (like cleaner specified for car mechanic work) for 10 minutes works really well to get rid of baked on grime

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    Basic lubes, greases, etc.

    Or just plain old gasoline to remove gunk and grit.
    That's why I like White lightning Clean Ride, it really helps to keep your drive train clean.


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    Thank you all! Which kind of grease (not like a brand, but anti seize vs. lube vs. whatever else) should I use for the spindle?

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    The bottom bracket spindle? Just any syn grease that your LBS carries will work fine.

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