- 1 Should you grease spoke nipples?
- 2 What oil do you use for bike spokes?
- 3 Should you oil bike wheels?
- 4 How tight should spokes be?
- 5 What to put on spoke threads?
- 6 Do new bike wheels need grease?
- 7 Can I use wd40 on bicycle chain?
- 8 Can I use engine oil as bicycle chain lube?
- 9 Can you use Vaseline as bike grease?
Should you grease spoke nipples?
Thread lubrication Nipple and spoke threads, like almost all threads on bicycles, should be lubricated to allow proper tension to be achieved without dry threads binding and sticking due to friction.
What oil do you use for bike spokes?
Yep, linseed oil is also good but spoke prep and linseed oil lasts longer and makes for less spoke windup during building/tensioning and future truing.
Should you oil bike wheels?
I highly recommend getting bike specific lubricating products. These are designed to extend the life of your bike. As a rule of thumb, you should apply lube where there are moving parts. Avoid getting any lube on brake pads and wheel rims as this can drastically reduce stopping power.
How tight should spokes be?
The spokes should feel tight and firm. They should have just a little give when you squeeze them fairly hard. Squeeze a few spokes on other bikes to get an idea of how they should feel. It is rare for spokes to be too tight, but it is very common for them to be too loose.
What to put on spoke threads?
Spoke threads and spoke holes in the rim should generally be lubricated with light grease or oil to allow the nipples to turn freely enough to get the spokes really tight. This is less important than it used to be due to the higher quality of modern spokes, nipples and rims, but it is still a good practice.
Do new bike wheels need grease?
Unless the old bearings were damaged, this will keep them running nicely until the next time it’s needed. Since they’re so well sealed, cartridge bearings tend to stay clean inside. So you don’t always need to clean them. Pushing in fresh grease is all it takes to get good bearings nice and smooth again.
Can I use wd40 on bicycle chain?
WD-40 Specialist® Bike Chain Lube is an all-conditions lubricant that protects bicycle chains in dry, wet, or varying conditions. The fast and easy-to-use aerosol spray helps prevent squeaks and extends the life of the chain.
Can I use engine oil as bicycle chain lube?
Beware. While the usage of bike oil and grease is not advisable as a bike chain lube, they can still work some magic. Motor oil is another alternative to getting an actual bike chain lubricant. The fact of the matter is that it will wear away the components it is used on, owing to its acidity and particulate matter.
Can you use Vaseline as bike grease?
Once the thinner evaporates, Vaseline will do its best to make your chain running quietly. The die-hard riders who prefer drifting in mud would probably use some more durable agent containing even more sticky Vaseline-like substance as for example the Bike WorkX Extreme lube.