[CR]the deadly NR crankarm crack/ longest lasting grease

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From: "Patrick Lay" <p8705@hotmail.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Date: Sun, 18 Sep 2005 21:47:33 -0500
Subject: [CR]the deadly NR crankarm crack/ longest lasting grease

Hello to all..I recently purchased and overhauled a nice 70s Paramount which, from the evidence at hand. had been restored and promptly warehoused for years in less than ideal conditions. The Campy BB grease had been reduced to a clay-like substance and was very hard to clean out of the bearings. I had so much trouble cleaning the cage on the fixed cup side before reloading it with new balls that I tossed the adjustable cup bearing assembly into the someday box and filled the cup race with loose bearings. What is the best grease to use for longevity and stability as well as effectiveness to avoid having it dry up every few years? I also found the two feared tiny cracks on both sides of the crankarm spider, I tried to file them away but one had progressed beyond the practical range of the file. So not only do I need a crankset, but it occured to me to ask if the crack will cause catastropic failure without warning or if it will grow slowly before the inevitable happens and allow me to use it on an occasional use bike.Thanks for any and all opinions and the usual enlightening stories..Patrick Lay in Chicago