Alternatives to Oil?

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Alternatives to Oil?

Postby jam05 » 29 Jul 2008, 11:46am

Just wondering if anyone had any thoughts on how we are going to lubricate and grease our bicycles when oil runs out. I don't want a debate about peak oil here (read the literature) but was hoping if anyone could suggest decent alternatives to oil based products.

What will Mick F use when White Lightning is £250.00 a bottle?

Beeswax?

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Postby Bob S » 29 Jul 2008, 11:48am

Goose grease, and good for rubbing on chest for cold's etc. Or my mum used to advocate it.

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Re: Alternatives to Oil?

Postby Mick F » 29 Jul 2008, 11:50am

jam05 wrote:Beeswax?


I thought bees were on the decline too!

Good question, though. How about lanolin? That comes from sheep wool.
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Postby hamster » 29 Jul 2008, 11:54am

There was some stuff called (if I remember right) Green Lube in C+ this month, it's vegetable oil based.

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Postby lauriematt » 29 Jul 2008, 12:07pm

hamster wrote:There was some stuff called (if I remember right) Green Lube in C+ this month, it's vegetable oil based.


i was about to say Veg oil!
seems as if its the modern thing to run cars on these days :lol:
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Postby byegad » 29 Jul 2008, 12:30pm

Castrol is so called as it was originally derived from Castor Oil. So we could go back to using that if need be. However, IMHO lubricating oil is not where the pinch is going to be felt, it will be fuel oils becoming too expensive to use that hots first by a long chalk.

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Postby nigel_s » 29 Jul 2008, 7:01pm

Early steam locomotives were lubricated with tallow - animal fat. I guess it could be used on bike chains.

Another issue is fuel for making steel and aluminium. Bamboo frames and wooden wheels anyone?

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Postby hubgearfreak » 29 Jul 2008, 8:35pm

nigel_s wrote:Another issue is fuel for making steel and aluminium. Bamboo frames and wooden wheels anyone?


when fuel is so scarce that we can't refine the (few kilos required of) steel for a bike, it's all over i fear. i doubt that ships will come half round the world with bamboo in that case

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Postby cranky » 29 Jul 2008, 8:39pm

hubgearfreak wrote:when fuel is so scarce that we can't refine the (few kilos required of) steel for a bike, it's all over i fear. i doubt that ships will come half round the world with bamboo in that case


Haven't you heard about Global Warming? Give it a few years and you'll be able to grow your own bamboo!!

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Re: Alternatives to Oil?

Postby 7_lives_left » 29 Jul 2008, 10:12pm

jam05 wrote:Just wondering if anyone had any thoughts on how we are going to lubricate and grease our bicycles when oil runs out.

Graphite!

Once upon a time you used to be able to get this stuff called graphite grease. I am not sure but I believe it's main advantage is that it worked well under harsh conditions (extreme temperature?). Maybe nowadays it has been replace by PTFE. Can anyone more knowledgeable confrm this?

(of course graphite is probably a finite resource too...)

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Postby stoobs » 30 Jul 2008, 2:16am

Perhaps we should start whaling again?

I'll get me coat :shock:

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Postby Beakyboy » 30 Jul 2008, 7:38am

We use a graphite powder on our krabs which helps to 'dry' lubricate them, it's called 'slik dik'.
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Postby 7_lives_left » 30 Jul 2008, 8:37am

Beakyboy wrote:We use a graphite powder on our krabs which helps to 'dry' lubricate them, it's called 'slik dik'.

What is a 'Krab'? Is that a carabiner?

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Postby david143 » 30 Jul 2008, 8:50am

cranky wrote:
hubgearfreak wrote:when fuel is so scarce that we can't refine the (few kilos required of) steel for a bike, it's all over i fear. i doubt that ships will come half round the world with bamboo in that case


Haven't you heard about Global Warming? Give it a few years and you'll be able to grow your own bamboo!!

:) :)

Iain


You can now!

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Postby Beakyboy » 30 Jul 2008, 9:02am

7_lives_left wrote:
Beakyboy wrote:We use a graphite powder on our krabs which helps to 'dry' lubricate them, it's called 'slik dik'.

What is a 'Krab'? Is that a carabiner?


Yeah sorry :wink:
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