Re: [CR]Oilling Ports on Campy Hubs

Example: Framebuilding:Norris Lockley

Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2002 21:34:25 -0400
Subject: Re: [CR]Oilling Ports on Campy Hubs
From: Steven m Johnson <>

On Sat, 13 Apr 2002 15:58:34 -0700 Mark Bulgier <> writes:
> This doesn't speak to the question of what Campy intended the holes
> for, just what some people used 'em for.

A while back, Larry Black, with authority, stated that the oil holes were not intended to oil the hubs, but to revitalize the grease.

My foggy memory recalls hearing that also, and what I need to do is go back an read over some parts of my C.O.N.I. manual to see if I can find a printed authoritative source. It really makes sense to me though the way the C.O.N.I. manual is written though. You hang up the bike in November after a successful prize winning season, and don't touch a bike until late winter when you start those fixed gear miles. So after sitting all those months, I would bet the grease could use a little shot of oil to get revitalized. Or at least put off doing an overhaul. All this in the old Italian way?

Now in the UK, with wetter conditions, you have have the oil cups in the BB, 3 speed hub and maybe the headset. Oil cups not the same as grease pressure fittings.

Those old road racing bikes from the 30s with the chain lubricating systems built in, mean it must have been thought important. Most roads outside the towns probably were not paved. I recall seeing some pretty dirty bikes in photos of last years TDF, and they were only ridden on pavement.

With Seattle the exception, I think it is hard for most of us fair weather road riders in the US to be happy with our Tenacious Oil and White Lightning and as needed bearing overhauls.

Steven M. Johnson, Who once moved the clip and dribbled some heavy motor oil into the hole on his Campy hub with a syringe, for no reason other than he could, Chesapeake, VA