RE: [CR]Autoshifting and lube

(Example: Framebuilders:Mario Confente)

Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2007 08:08:51 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <>
Subject: RE: [CR]Autoshifting and lube
To: "Putman, Clyde" <>, Donald Gillies <>,
In-Reply-To: <>

That one's a lot more debatable. It used to be conventional wisdom that greasing the BB tapers would cause the crank to be pulled further onto the taper, enlarging the crank hole. But some claim that is a myth. I alway grease the tapers very lightly, just wipe a film of grease from my fingers to the tapers. This is just to prevent the crank seizing up when one tries to remove it. This is particularly important with Stronglight cranks, which were a softer alloy than Campy and seized onto the axle more easily.


Jerry Moos Big Spring, TX

"Putman, Clyde" <> wrote: Also don't lube BB axle I correct? Cheers! -Clyde Dallas TX USA Earth


From: on behalf of Donald Gillies Sent: Sat 8/4/2007 10:31 PM To: Subject: RE: [CR]Autoshifting

I had this problem recently with i bike i bought through ebay, which was received in the mail. It was the 2nd time in my life I had an autoshifting problem. Both times, the culprit was a Campagnolo Downtube Shift Lever that had been lubed.

Don't lube shift levers.

Clean them thoroughly with de-greasers (such as WD-40) and dry them.

It's called "friction shifting" for a reason.

Lube everything else on your bike EXCEPT for the shifters.

- Don Gillies
San Diego, CA, USA