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fseven
01-18-2011, 10:23 PM
Boy has my activity fallen off a cliff. With my wife in her last year of college and my son entering the toddler stages, I'm pretty much in the "grounded" stage of life. :p The good news is that I have still been riding my bike - the motorized one. My pedal pushers both need work, and I just haven't had time to get around to it. And would you believe that I finally hit ... wait for it ... 1100 miles! It's only been almost a year, but a little bit here and a little bit there yields, well, next to nothing compared to most of you on here. ;) But hey, I still love this thing, and am finding it ever so much easier to commute with than the sardine box we have. In fact, I finally bought winter gloves. Porous leather and wind chill does not make one comfortable at all.

So what the hell does this have to do with the title? Nothing. Just thought I'd update everyone on what's been going on. HOWEVER, this has to do with the the title: I forgot to mention to Ralf @ DucSea this past Saturday when I swung by after months of absence that my gear shift squeaks. This seems recent, and since I ride in the rain I'm not terribly surprised that it's doing it. But my question is, WD40 on the joints? Or do you guys have a better suggestion?

And while I'm at it - brake squeaks. Is this just a symptom on the bike that the pads need to be adjusted, or that I have something caught in the pad? Not sure how similar/different this is from a car (I'm assuming similar, but still a noob here). Someone hurry up and give me a suggestion before I just coat the damn thing in ski wax to get rid of the annoying sound. :bang:

Did I mention that I LOVE my bike? :happy44: :happy44: :happy44:

Bong
01-19-2011, 04:57 PM
I recommend using this Dupont teflon lube for your squeaky shifter. See if your local Ace Hardware store has them in stock.

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31S1QN23HCL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Rich Quarre
01-19-2011, 08:51 PM
I recommend using this Dupont teflon lube for your squeaky shifter. See if your local Ace Hardware store has them in stock.

The picture didn't come through Bong, but if it's the Dupont Teflon Multi-Use Dry Wax Lubricant then that stuff is great! Works really well as chain lube also...no mess, no color. I get it at Lowes.

Bong
01-20-2011, 07:57 AM
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31S1QN23HCL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

Rich Quarre
01-20-2011, 09:43 AM
http://bolty.net/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/dupont_teflon_lube.jpg

eh.....must be me.

sda8779
01-20-2011, 11:47 AM
eh.....must be me.

Doesn't work here at Boeing either. Could be a virus/spam filter at the firewall.

fseven
01-20-2011, 12:27 PM
Thanks for the help, Bong & Rich. I'll see about picking some up.

As for the image, it's not showing and probably won't show for anyone. The server that's hosting the image is returning an HTML page instead of an image when trying to access it. It's all good, though. At least I know that Bong & Rich are talking about the same thing. Thanks again, guys!

Bong
01-20-2011, 02:18 PM
Ok, how about this link (http://www.properautocare.com/dupelu.html) to show what the bottle looks like. The Ace Hardware in Magnolia normally carries this item but give them a few days since rb_duc just wiped out their inventory!

Jeremy
01-20-2011, 02:32 PM
Good stuff...I use as chain lube as well. :thumbup:

http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/classic-motoring_2138_16225835

rearickm
01-20-2011, 03:26 PM
I like LPS2 or LPS3 for hinges and rod ends (like a shifter). I use it on aircraft all the time when lubing.

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