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A useful little grease gun

Here is a handy little tool you can add to your toolbox for about two dollars.

You can buy these at a Model Airplane Store; they are made for fueling those tiny engines used in model aircraft and cars.

Made from clear plastic, they make great little grease guns. The plunger pulls completely out, and you can place oil or grease inside the cylinder, and replace the plunger.

The curved spout is small enough at the end to fit in the tiny hole in the side of your hubs.

You could also drill a small hole in your pedal dust caps to lubricate the pedals. The great thing is, you don’t have to disassemble the part.

After greasing your hubs in this way, take a rag or paper towel with you on your next ride. The surplus grease will ooze out of the side of the hub, and start traveling along the spokes. Needless to say, you should wipe this off before it reaches the rim.

Reader Comments (9)

Wow... amazing what people use things for. When I had my impacted wisdom teeth removed 20 years ago, the dentist gave me one of those to flush out (with water, not grease, obviously) the holes in my gums where the teeth used to be till they healed up entirely. Now they're being used for model airplanes...
January 11, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter Jamie
great idea. I'm heading out to get one tomorrow.
January 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter maltese falcon
Thanks for the good tip.

I never thought about drilling out the pedal dust caps before...
January 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter Fritz
woot I need it !
good idea
January 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter ZigZorniF
Hey it looks like the plain good old syringe I bought from my pharmacy. It's easy to find and about 1$.
I get a 10x0.45mm needle and it's pretty accurate, but it's pretty difficult to get the oil pass through (and nearly impossible to suck the oil through it, remove it first to fill the syringe), you may prefer a larger needle.
January 13, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter Anonymous

just when i was wondering if theres anything cheap in the cycling world...
January 14, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter Ron
These syringes are useful for a lot of things. Cyclists will be interested to know that that they are great for washing embedded dirt and gravel out of cuts and wounds. You can do the washing with water or even with liquid antiseptic.
January 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter mander
Such a simple idea. Thanks for it!
January 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter gatlinburgspokejunkie
cool. I'm getting one!
January 20, 2008 | Unregistered Commenter Ringo
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