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    Apply grease to your seatpost and tighten your axle nuts.

    This is a good time of year to remove your seatpost and apply white lithium grease. I do this at least every Spring.

    Also, for safety's sake, check that your axle nuts are tight. I have experienced the extreme mayhem of loose axle nuts.

    Always check tire pressure before every ride. Use a gauge in the beginning but also squeeze them frequently when aired up properly. Now I can now usually tell by feel if there's a problem before I head off.

    Currently re-learning this technique with fat tires since they're quite a different feel.


      Why grease the seatpost as general practice? It seems to me that grease just makes the dust stick, then that abrasive gunk gets inside the frame and wrecks the finish on the seatpost as you adjust it.

      Did you mean just for steel, to prevent rust? Or is there another benefit? Curious what problem this solves, since there seems to be a significant downside of attracting dirt to a sliding interface.
      Last edited by JPLabs; 03-31-2017, 06:22 AM.
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        This is in order to prevent the frustrating problem of a stuck/seized seatpost. Maybe I should have clarified to use the grease only on the part of the shaft that always stays inside the seattube.

        My seatpost is scratched up, but the scratched part is concealed by the seattube.

        I use Frame Saver to prevent corrosion on the inside of my steel frames. My seatposts are aluminum.
        Last edited by commuter ebikes; 03-31-2017, 07:20 AM.


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          I see, thanks. Sure, steel on aluminum is a formula for seized tubes, makes sense. Al/Al or Al/carbon, not so much.

          Appreciate the clarification.