So, would there be anything wrong with using, say, a general purpose lbricant made for moving metal parts. Not WD40.KonaMan said:My nieghbor was playing around with her old C'dale mountain bike the other weekend, it was making a nasty squeal eveyrtime she hit the brakes. Next thing I see is her heading out of the garage with a can of WD-40. Immediately I rushed to the bikes aid, putting myself in harms way between that vile spray and the poor innocent brake pads.
After a brief yelling of "keep that crap away from this bike!" she ran for cover... after the dust settled I explained the lovely benifits of using WD-40 on the bike (increased visits to the shop for chains, derailures, brake pads, etc...).
It was a close one, but today a bike was saved the horror of WD-40.
Oh, and I use White Lightening or Pedro's Ice Wax. Both work great in my area.
Mostly it isn't critical. Fork seals are special and don't want to see ordinary grease or oil, but everything else is pretty normal. Any decent gun lube is fine. I'd avoid aerosol cans since there's no benefit to 'em and they cost a lot more.kirrill said:So, would there be anything wrong with using, say, a general purpose lbricant made for moving metal parts. Not WD40.
I picked up a small can of something or other in Walmart. It is in a spray can and sold where they have gun/ammo supplies, so I'm assuming it's designed to soften up friction and last awhile. Also, are there any "ingredients" contained in lubricants that I should generally stay away from? I know teflon-based lube is generally recommended, but how much in Chain / Bike-specifc lube in general is really plain hype vs sound decisions based on experience?