Author Topic: Stiff hinges  (Read 289 times)

quixoticgeek

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Stiff hinges
« on: February 16, 2020, 10:12:11 pm »


The main frame hinge is getting really stiff now.

What have people found most effective to lube this hinge? Would chain lube work? Wd40? Or should I invest in some sort of penetrating oil?

Thanks

J
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bludger

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Re: Stiff hinges
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2020, 10:20:06 pm »
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Re: Stiff hinges
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2020, 10:24:36 pm »
A couple of drops of chain oil normally does the job.

I assume you mean Brompton and not knees.

Re: Stiff hinges
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2020, 10:31:50 pm »
I'd use Boeshield T-9 if you can get it. Great for chains too.
I use white grease, but might try that. As you say, if I can get it.

Re: Stiff hinges
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2020, 10:53:35 am »
You should also carefully examine where the apparent tightness is coming from, and especially if all components are aligned as intended. Sometimes with folders, wear (or, loosness) in one component shows up as tightness in another. Reversing gravity whilst observing the interplay of all components is good for that. (Turn it uʍopǝpᴉsdn  and see if it rattles)

quixoticgeek

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Re: Stiff hinges
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2020, 11:14:49 am »

I put a couple of drops of Chain-L lube on the hinge last night. Will see how it is this afternoon when I ride to the shops.

Thanks all!

J
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jiberjaber

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Re: Stiff hinges
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2020, 12:50:24 pm »
Dental floss and a spray of gt85 sorted mine. I also took the opportunity to take out the bolts and clean and add some light grease.

Much improved!
Regards,

Joergen