Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Wisconsin, 25 miles north of Milwaukee
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After using the cable lube tool over the years (on several bikes) I have learned a couple of things that make lubing go much quicker and easier:
1) You really have to look at (and feel) how you are clamping the tool onto the cable sheath. If you don't get the cable sheath and the space in the tool aligned correctly - you won't get much flow lubricant, if any. (I remove the cable end and cable sheath from the clutch lever housing first).
1.5) You can minimize the mess and increase the "pumping" by really clamping down hard with the "thumb screws", assuming everything is alligned correctly
2) If, after 10 seconds of "spraying", you don't hear a gurgling, burbling hiss from down below - see step 1.
3) I don't worry about what leaks out the lower end. Just look away, then go ride.
4) I lube it 2 times per year, and ride about 5,000 miles/year.