Geoff wrote:Regret wrote:Geoff wrote:
Lubing the threads and heads is actually a no-no.
this is quite surprising to me - I have always had it pounded into me that you must never use dry bolts on a bicycle.
@Regret, that quotation was mistakenly attributed to me. I do not personally agree with that statement and believe that the stem bolts for both the steerer and the faceplate should be lightly greased on the threads and the heads.
I was apparently wrong.
I just looked at Thomson's installation instruction, and it specifically does say to grease the threads and heads.
But I am quite sure I have seen it both ways, where it is specifically warned to not lube the threads and heads.
It depends upon what assumptions the designer was making at the time they specified the proper torque. But apparently grease on treads and heads is not such a bad thing.
I never like to put things together dry, but I prefer anti-seize or loctite, just because greased threads have tended to loosen under stress and vibration.