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Brutuskend

I live for the CABE
Apr 3, 2011
1,249
Eugene / Springfield Oregon
Have you tried PB blaster?
I have had better luck with that than with wd 40. Heat is usually a good last resort.
I have used a spoke wrench, turned it to the left then stuck a screw driver in the wrench to keep it twisted in that direction then heated it up. Sometimes works sometimes not...
 
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GiovanniLiCalsi

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 29, 2012
3,826
Alameda, California
Get a high-wattage soldering iron and wrap a stainless steel wire around the soldering iron tip and spoke nipple. Let the heat loosen it.....
 
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pedalpower17

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 20, 2010
296
Michigan
I have used a spoke wrench, turned it to the left then stuck a screw driver in the wrench to keep it twisted in that direction then heated it up. Sometimes works sometimes not...
Of my three, one came loose, another snapped off in the nipple and the third is still stuck. This method sounds worth a try. thanks.
 
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pedalpower17

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 20, 2010
296
Michigan
I hate it when I mix my old original grease with the new modern stuff it just doesn’t feel the same too me...I feel like I violated the bike...
here's what you can do...take that old worn grease, scrape it off and grind it into a powdery paste. Then, add a little 100% virgin olive oil, the good stuff from the top shelf at the grocery store, mix it until it's moist again and right back into those hubs or bottom bracket! Maintained in her pure condition....
 
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redline1968

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Oct 16, 2008
5,221
Seattle, United States
That’s great if it works but I’m a 40+ year mechanic and body man ....food oil isn’t petroleum it’s a deadly combo on bearings. I use petroilum grease designed for high stress and heat...which preserves the bicycle and improves the bicycle ride qualities.
here's what you can do...take that old worn grease, scrape it off and grind it into a powdery paste. Then, add a little 100% virgin olive oil, the good stuff from the top shelf at the grocery store, mix it until it's moist again and right back into those hubs or bottom bracket! Maintained in her pure condition....
 

cyclingday

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 24, 2008
6,875
Costa Mesa, California. United States
Kama Sutra oil works best when encountering a stuck nipple.
It gets those babies loosened up in no time.
Pretty soon, you’ll be spinning them between your fingers with reckless abandon.
 

pedalpower17

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 20, 2010
296
Michigan
hat’s great if it works but I’m a 40+ year mechanic and body man ....food oil isn’t petroleum it’s a deadly combo on bearings. I use petroilum grease designed for high stress and heat...which preserves the bicycle and improves the bicycle ride qualities.
Couldn't agree more, Redline. I was just throwing out a little BS for fun. While I enjoy the pursuit of OE, I also put grease in the same category as as chain lube and air in the tires...meant to be replaced regularly. As for nipples, I'll just resist the temptation to follow CyclingDay down the Kama Sutra path....which really belongs on the Babes On Bikes thread.
 

STIKSHIFTER

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 13, 2016
200
57
Columbus, Ohio
Ohhhh, SPOKE NIPPLES. Sorry, my brain went in a totally different direction. :eek:
 
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