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Greases and anti seize options

k3vinjam3sk3vinjam3s Posts: 266
So building a new bike up in a week or 2. Running low on lithium grease which ive used in bottom bracket area so will need to buy some more.

Just wanting suggestions of what people are using at home for builds. So grease for moving parts, some sort of anyi seize for threaded parts and carbon paste type compound suggestions.

Also anything else ive missed.

Also using carbon handlebars with alloy stem so will carbon paste be recommended there for the bars/stem and stem/carbon steerer? Likewise caron frame/alloy seatpost?

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  • reaperactualreaperactual Posts: 565
    I use silicone grease to refresh inner shift cables occasionally, chainsaw oil for lubing chain etc, carbon paste for carbon bars and stems and cheap standard automotive grease for every other application. Never had any problems and has worked fine for me over the years.
  • angaanga Posts: 25
    For anti seize, recommend zinc based one. Zinc sacrifices itself wrt almost all metals used in bicycles.
  • s_j_pwmbs_j_pwmb Posts: 75
    anga said:

    For anti seize, recommend zinc based one. Zinc sacrifices itself wrt almost all metals used in bicycles.

    Interesting! I have both zinc and copper antiseize but tend to use the copper one just because it’s what I’ve used all my life. You suggest that zinc is a better bet for bicycles?
  • wongataawongataa Posts: 885
    For anti seize I use copper grease. For other greasing applications I use bog standard grease from Halfords. I use carbon grip paste on my seatpost where it fits into my carbon frame. Use carbon grip paste between carbon parts that fit together or a carbon and metal part that fits together. I use chain lube on my chain.
  • angaanga Posts: 25
    s_j_pwmb said:

    anga said:

    For anti seize, recommend zinc based one. Zinc sacrifices itself wrt almost all metals used in bicycles.

    Interesting! I have both zinc and copper antiseize but tend to use the copper one just because it’s what I’ve used all my life. You suggest that zinc is a better bet for bicycles?
    Yes. Found out last week. Copper doesn't protect aluminum!
    See
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galvanic_series
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