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Old 10-16-21, 05:16 PM
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how about this dumb question about grease.....

I have one those fancy small grease guns like Park Tool sells.....(the gg-1). I run park grease in it out f my tub of grease. i recently ran into another grease gun.....that i got for free. What would you fill this with knowing you already have a tool filled with bike specific park grease/

What is everyones go to grease for reabuilds and servicing...

Id rather stay away from the mobile one or that crap red and tacky stuff.........as both appear to turn to liquid garbage from sitting. Im looking for recommendations that wont break down and turn into a nightmare to clean up in my toolbox or in my bikes...
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there is no such thing as bike specific grease. That's only marketing. Just fill it with another type of grease, thicker or thinner, with additives or without, whatever..
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My tube of Phil Wood grease has separated after sitting for less than a year. And I live in a temperate zone here in San Jose, CA. In fact the Phil Wood grease also says itís made in San Jose, CA on it. Terroir and everything.

Whereas a cheap can of generic grease has sat in my same garage for at least a dozen years and has not separated or changed in any way.

I still like the Phil Wood grease for its light and slick feel but I am not under any illusion that it will outlast generic grease.
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I’ve been using the Park brand PPL-2 bearing grease for a long time. I’m still on my first tub. If my plan to do a bunch of bearing repacking this Winter actually happens, it’s possible that I may finish off the tub. Not so sure that I’ll be paying a premium price for the Park product and may just get some basic waterproof bearing grease from the auto parts store.
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Ive been through a few tubs of park grease and a few tubes of phil. Never impressed with the phil actually but never had it seperate on me.

I know red and tacky is garbage. Ive had chassis grease tubes leak all over based on that trash despite that being favored by many automotive guys.

I like that a simple question caused one guy to blow his brains out. Thats helpful.

Sounds like next time im at farm and fleet...just grab any tub of cheap stuff then...
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Originally Posted by icemilkcoffee View Post
My tube of Phil Wood grease has separated after sitting for less than a year. And I live in a temperate zone here in San Jose, CA. In fact the Phil Wood grease also says itís made in San Jose, CA on it......

I still like the Phil Wood grease for its light and slick feel but I am not under any illusion that it will outlast generic grease.
I have a 640 gm tub of Phil Grease about 3/4 used up, that I've had for at least 10 years and use it to refill my Dualco grease guns. It's been stored in my garage all that time, hot in the summer and cold in the winter, and shows absolutely no signs of separation. I also have a couple of nearly empty 3-oz tubes of Phil Grease that came along with a used bike I bought in 1998 and they are also still in good condition. I don't know what happened to yours but my experience with Phils is very different.
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Originally Posted by scale View Post
I have one those fancy small grease guns like Park Tool sells.....(the gg-1). I run park grease in it out f my tub of grease. i recently ran into another grease gun.....that i got for free. What would you fill this with knowing you already have a tool filled with bike specific park grease/

What is everyones go to grease for reabuilds and servicing...

Id rather stay away from the mobile one or that crap red and tacky stuff.........as both appear to turn to liquid garbage from sitting. Im looking for recommendations that wont break down and turn into a nightmare to clean up in my toolbox or in my bikes...
grease is grease - cycling puts such little demand on grease that just about any will do. I used the same tub of Quaker State red stuff for ~20 years, finally replacing it because I wanted pristine grease for regreasing the hub bearings in my old car. Grease is grease.
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Originally Posted by zandoval View Post
I need only one grease. The one I'll use for my car and my boat and my trailer, and my mower, and my porch swing, and my loppers, and my weed eater, and my floor jack, and my bicycles...

Marine Grease Please

(Lucas if I want the expensive stuff)...
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this one (or whatever marine grease is cheapest ATM).
Yep...
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I basically use Phil’s or Finish Line Teflon depending on purely unscientific and unsupported biases for the application of each.

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Originally Posted by scale View Post
I have one those fancy small grease guns like Park Tool sells.....(the gg-1). I run park grease in it out f my tub of grease. i recently ran into another grease gun.....that i got for free. What would you fill this with knowing you already have a tool filled with bike specific park grease/

What is everyones go to grease for reabuilds and servicing...

Id rather stay away from the mobile one or that crap red and tacky stuff.........as both appear to turn to liquid garbage from sitting. Im looking for recommendations that wont break down and turn into a nightmare to clean up in my toolbox or in my bikes...
All grease separates. Grease is oil mixed with a thickener.

Oil bleed on your workbench is probably irrelevant to how that grease would perform in a bike, as the bearings would just mix the oil back in as soon as you ride again.

Maybe just store the grease differently? Like in a milk jug cut in half?

In general I donít store POL in a toolbox. Iíve made exceptions for Superlube because it comes in a tube that seals wellÖ but definitely has some separation if left alone for awhile.
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As mentioned above I also just use cheap Marine Grease and it seems many others on this forum do too. I use it on bearings, corrosion protection for screw threads, metal seatposts/frames, clamping surfaces, etc. Also if the grease you have starts to separate you can just stir it up to make it new again so no need to throw it away. Most greases are fine for bike use. Don't get too caught up in the "what's the best" debate. You can do a search for explanations of greases with plenty of headache inducing articles if you really want to get an understanding of what's in different greases and what ingredients work best in different situations.
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We use the Red & Tacky in the grease gun. The1 lb tub lasts about a year
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I use Park grease, because my wife got me a tube a few years ago for Christmas. Before that I used marine trailer bearing grease, the red stuff, Lubriplate, it really doesn't matter as long as you use waterproof grease(I learned the hard way).
Bicycle use doesn't stress the grease that much, so almost anything will do. And with the increased use of sealed bearings, there are few things that need grease on a regular basis.
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Originally Posted by scale View Post
Ive been through a few tubs of park grease and a few tubes of phil. Never impressed with the phil actually but never had it seperate on me.

I know red and tacky is garbage. Ive had chassis grease tubes leak all over based on that trash despite that being favored by many automotive guys.

I like that a simple question caused one guy to blow his brains out. Thats helpful.

Sounds like next time im at farm and fleet...just grab any tub of cheap stuff then...
I like marine axle grease. The tub I have is the same color and consistency as the Park stuff but maybe 1/4 the cost. Don't know if it's the same stuff or not, but it works well for me.
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Old 10-18-21, 09:28 AM
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I wouldn't put anything in it until you know what other grease you might need....often.

Some pawls in freehubs might need a very light grease. But how often are you going to be lubing the pawls in a freehub? I've never had to do that. Not even on freewheels I had for many years.

So save it till you know you have need for another type grease. Then it can also be a spare incase your other breaks.
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Old 10-20-21, 11:00 AM
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Since everybody has an A...Hole and an opinion, here is mine. I use Lubriplate EMB synthetic. I bought it at a bearing store next to the refinery where I was employed. At the time I didn't know much about grease and took their word for it. It isn't expensive and works on my hub bearings and on the bearings in my freehub bodies. The EMB stands for electric motor bearing and they turn a little faster than ours and have slightly higher loads.
Lubriplate EMB Grease / 14.5 oz. cartridge (totallybelted.com)
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