March 30, 2007, Newsletter Issue #59: Maintaining Your Bearings With Grease or Oil

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There is much debate over whether grease or oil make a better lubricant. But like many things in life, better is a subjective word. And what works better for one person, isn't always the case for another. Racers consider oil or a synthetic lubricant better for speed. But, its viscosity breaks down faster. You have to lube more often to keep up on its lubricating ability. Grease has the added benefit of protecting the surface of your ball bearings in addition to lubrication, so your bearings will need to be cleaned less often. Because the grease is thicker than oil, it does make the bearing a tiny bit slower.

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