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Black grease coming out of front fork join

Postby auswi2 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 8:16 am

Hello,

I went for a ride this morning and I noticed some black grease sitting just below the front fork join on my road bike. The bike had been sitting for a few weeks in the garage prior to be ridden.

Is this normal??

I have a Carbon road bike 105

Any suggestions would be great

Thanks

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Re: Black grease coming out of front fork join

Postby cyclotaur » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:32 am

Get an exorcist.
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Re: Black grease coming out of front fork join

Postby auswi2 » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:53 am

If you are going to put stupid comments do it somewhere else

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Re: Black grease coming out of front fork join

Postby rkelsen » Mon Sep 17, 2012 9:55 am

Check that the headset isn't loose.
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Re: Black grease coming out of front fork join

Postby cyclotaur » Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:06 am

auswi2 wrote:If you are going to put stupid comments do it somewhere else

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.... aw c'mon ... lighten up - Monday-itis ....?

Like rkelsen said, check the headset isn't loose - you might find some perspective in there as well. :P
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Re: Black grease coming out of front fork join

Postby DavidL » Mon Sep 17, 2012 10:15 am

Needs to be cleaned up immediately as it detracts from the visual appeal of the bicycle and has been known to cause people to think your not a real cyclist as you bike isn't "just purchased" clean and looking very expensive.

But other than that, if you are going to ride your bike this will happen. Most headsets aren't sealed and small amounts of grease will come out. If there is a big lump of grease that has come out then maybe the last mechanic to service this was over excited with the quantity of grease put in there but other than that all should be fine.

You might be able to reduce the amount of grease that comes out by using one of the thicker Teflon products available for bikes, but if packed with you garden variety wheel bearing grease happens all the time.
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Re: Black grease coming out of front fork join

Postby JustJames » Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:11 am

auswi2 wrote:The bike had been sitting for a few weeks in the garage prior to be ridden.

Is this normal??



No - you definitely need to ride your bike more.
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Re: Black grease coming out of front fork join

Postby auswi2 » Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:59 am

Thanks for your help

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Re: Black grease coming out of front fork join

Postby burger » Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:20 pm

JustJames wrote:
auswi2 wrote:The bike had been sitting for a few weeks in the garage . .
Is this normal??

No - you definitely need to ride your bike more.

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Re: Black grease coming out of front fork join

Postby jacks1071 » Wed Sep 19, 2012 4:08 pm

auswi2 wrote:Hello,

I went for a ride this morning and I noticed some black grease sitting just below the front fork join on my road bike. The bike had been sitting for a few weeks in the garage prior to be ridden.

Is this normal??

I have a Carbon road bike 105

Any suggestions would be great

Thanks

auswi2


Assuming headset is not loose, it will just be a combination of wind and gravity pulling some of the grease out of your headset. If you don't ride in the rain the headset should get re-greased at least once per year. If you ride in the wet a lot then its a more regular job if you want to look after it...

If the black grease stops comming out, it maybe a sign there is not much left in the headset.
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