[TheThinkTank] non-petroleum lube
jamesbleds0e at yahoo.com
Wed May 4 11:16:55 PDT 2011
Bicycles don't get hot like cars. The main lube question i have is for the
chain. Chains need to be lubed and cleaned very often just because of the
exposure. For Hubs, BB and Headsets of course it is different. i will try
olive oil on my chain and report back later.
From: Mark Rehder <mark at re-cycles.ca>
To: The Think Tank <thethinktank at lists.bikecollectives.org>
Sent: Wed, May 4, 2011 11:08:10 AM
Subject: Re: [TheThinkTank] non-petroleum lube
My Dad was a metallurgist. I once asked him about using plant-based bearing
grease, and he said the main issue of course was the ability of any lube to
withstand the heat from friction. Petroleum-derived is the best choice for
this, though he said one could use plant-based if one didn't mind far more
frequent overhauls. Now, this was fifteen years ago, and I'm sure someday
someone will find a good formula for a non-petroleum lube. Maybe the linked
stuff is it?
Our shop uses MEC's Bio-Cycle for cleaning, but standard high-temp bearing
grease for hubs. It'd be great if a plant-based product indeed works as
Mark Rehder - Coordinator
re-Cycles Community Bike Shop
On 4-May-11, at 1:42 PM, Chris Chan wrote:
> MEC used to stock a biodegradable lube. It didn't work very well.
> If you build a covered shed, you can keep your solvent tank outside. You just
>need something to keep the rain from getting into your system--before we stopped
>using our varsol tank, our shed was just big enough for the system itself (you
>stood outside of the shed to actually use it). You can just hammer together
>something really simple.
> On Wed, May 4, 2011 at 11:13 AM, Jonathan Morrison
><jonathan at slcbikecollective.org> wrote:
> Has anyone heard of or used this plant based lube line?
> Jonathan Morrison
> Executive Director
> Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective
> 2312 S. West Temple
> Salt Lake City, UT 84115
> w: 801-328-2453
> c: 801-688-0183
> f: 801-466-3856
> The mission of the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective is to promote cycling as
>an effective and sustainable form of transportation and as a cornerstone of a
>cleaner, healthier, and safer society. The Bicycle Collective provides
>refurbished bicycles and educational programs to the community, focusing on
>children and lower income households.
> On Wed, Apr 2, 2008 at 10:33 AM, Michael Wolfe <gzuphoesdown at gmail.com> wrote:
> Page 13 of the 1992 Bridgestone bicycle catalog has a unique recommendation of
>using olive oil.
> On 4/2/08, Bob Giordano <mist at strans.org> wrote: Indoor air quality is tops on
>our list for a healthy shop atmosphere. We
> do not store anything that gives off harmful fumes. Tooth brushes and
> simple green (highly diluted) in a small wooden bowl is our parts cleaning
> station. We are even moving away from simple green (i've learned it is
> harmful to some)- to a citrus based cleaner.
> I guess tri flow is the only thing with fumes in the shop. Often we ask
> people to use it outside. I'd like to find a non-petroleum lube.
> -Bob Giordano, Free Cycles Missoula
> Michael Wolfe wrote:
> > Speaking of liver damage, etc.. Wondering if any shops out there have
> > issues solvent tanks in their shop? The fumes give me a headache but
> > don't seem to mind it. Mostly I worry about the health effects on the full
> > time people in the shop. Short of installing a hood or ventalation
> > what options are there to locate that stuff outside?
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