[CR]Re: grease, degrease

(Example: Production Builders:LeJeune)

In-Reply-To: <MONKEYFOODTUSzbAUfK00000d11@monkeyfood.nt.phred.org>
From: "Richard Risemberg" <rickrise@earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 5 Aug 2007 08:34:31 -0700
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Re: grease, degrease

On Aug 5, 2007, at 8:15 AM, classicrendezvous-request@bikelist.org wrote:
> And the only metal to metal joint on a bike where there is some
> difference of opinion as whether to lubricate or not is the crank to
> axle union (I lubricate, Campagnolo instructions say not to).

I've heard authoritative voices espouse both methods. The one time I didn't grease the tapers was the one time I've had a crankarm come off by itself.

A very light lubrication seems to help. I've ridden many thousands upon thousands of miles on lightly-lubed tapers without issue, as have many others on this list.

By the way, re: Chuck S and WD-40: he didn't say it wasn't a degreaser; he said don't use it as a degreaser, as it leaves behind a film of lubricant, as it's meant to. Presumably if you're degreasing something you want it to end up dry, no? Read the actual words of the posts.

Rick "loves WD-40 in all its glory" Risemberg -- Richard Risemberg http://www.bicyclefixation.com http://www.newcolonist.com http://www.rickrise.com