PFPE Grease for Bicycles
If you’re a serious cyclist who really racks up the annual mileage, then you’re well-aware of the maintenance needed to keep your bicycle in tip-top performance. You might even do all the maintenance and mechanic work yourself, if not, you surely know a good shop nearby and trust only them to keep your trusty steed in check. Regardless of whether you’re doing the work or you’re having your trusty mechanic handle things, the fact of the matter here is that bicycles need lubrication in order to function properly. Lube and grease will also greatly extend the life of your components and even make your bicycle more efficient; this saves you time, money and probably most importantly, makes you a faster cyclist.
Now that that’s out of the way, have you ever considered what type of lube or grease is being used on your bike? Many mechanics out there swear by certain brands and viscosities, depending on the bicycle, the components and of course, what’s available to them. It’s common knowledge amongst bicycle mechanics that loose ball bearing assemblies require thicker grease; the headset, bottom bracket and wheel bearings. Typically, older steel-framed bicycles will have bearing assemblies like this as many of the newer bicycles have proprietary sealed bearings and adhere to less standards than in the past. These proprietary bearing assemblies are usually easily replaced and don’t require additional lubrication as it’s often more economical to change them out rather than service them.
However, if you’re not on a high end road bike with special bottom bracket and tapered head tube, then listen up. Most headsets, bottom brackets and hubs have loose-ball or caged bearings within them. These particular bearing assemblies require a grease that’s thick enough to not evaporate yet viscous enough to not affect freedom of movement for these components.
If you’ve ridden the same bicycle and components for a number of years, you’ve definitely had to have your headset, hubs and bottom bracket either serviced or replaced. If you live in an area with a particularly dry, wet, hot, cold or sandy environment, you’ve probably had to service these components more often due to the extra stress they’re put through. Or maybe you’re a touring cyclist who lives on the bike and relies on the bike to take you to your next destination. Either way, you’ll probably want a grease that is engineered to last.
PFPE grease, in our opinion and technically-speaking, is far superior to any lithium or hydrocarbon grease you’ll find in the bicycle shops. Don’t get us wrong, we have a lot of love to the cycling industry and the cycling-specific greases out there, but when it comes to squeezing the most life (or extending the service life) out of your bicycle, PFPE grease is unmatched.
As mentioned in other parts of our website, such as the knowledge and information sections, PFPE grease can function in an extremely wide temperature range. So whether you’re out fat biking in the snow or touring through Arizona, the grease will work and it won’t be affected by environmental factors.
Also, PFPE grease binds to metal, making it perfect for extending the life of your bearing assemblies. One thing to keep in mind: if you decided to make the switch to PFPE grease, make sure to throroughly remove any trace of other lubricants or greases from your components with a solvent or degreaser. Reason being, PFPE won’t bind or mix with other lubricants…think: oil and water. Have more questions about PFPE grease and bicycles? Want to find the perfect grease for your bike? Feel free to reach out to us and we’ll be glad to be of assistance.