winter lube programme for STIs

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Bordersroadie
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winter lube programme for STIs

Postby Bordersroadie » Thu Oct 04, 2012 20:39 pm

My old 531 winter bike has recently been retired and from now on I'm enjoying the pleasures of STIs, 105 to be precise, on my mudguard bike. I will not be missing the old downtube shifters.

I'm riding all year round, commuting in all weathers and want to make sure I lube the STIs in the best way to ensure long life. Do I assume the best thing is some sort of spray-applied light oil? What do you guys recommend?

Many thanks.
BR.

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Re: winter lube programme for STIs

Postby thecycleclinic » Thu Oct 04, 2012 20:45 pm

If you take apart old ones there is still plenty of grease in there so I don't think lubing will help. It might disperse the grease already there.
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Re: winter lube programme for STIs

Postby Monty Dog » Thu Oct 04, 2012 20:48 pm

I would leave them be unless you have a problem - spraying any kind of aerosol in them is likely to be counter-productive as as carrier fluid in the aerosol is a solvent likely to dissolve the existing grease.
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Re: winter lube programme for STIs

Postby Bordersroadie » Fri Oct 05, 2012 09:45 am

Thanks for the advice chaps, I'll leave well alone.


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