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Is white lithium grease good for bicycles?

by Levi Bloom on December 9, 2007

Hi is white lithium grease a good idea for bicycles? and can you use it for cables.


Hi Nick,

White lithium grease is fine for bikes. It might not have any special additives or sales gimmicks like popular bicycle grease, but it does the job, and it's cheap. The main reason I don't use it more often is due to how it turns an ugly brown color when it gets dirty.

I wouldn't use it for cables though, as it would do more harm than good. Putting any sort of grease on cables will attract dirt, so it might feel smoother at first, but performance will get worse than it was in the first place.

For lubing cables I would use a very light oil or a teflon dry lube. Or ProLink, because I like it for everything. There is also a cable-specific lube from Rock N Roll called Cable Magic that is good.

Just remember, don't use lube on teflon-coated cables, because it will just interfere with the lube that is already there. Teflon cables should be left dry, while regular stainless steel cables can be lubed lightly.


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