The Best Grease to Use On Your Bike Pedals

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You already know how important routine maintenance is for your bicycle. It keeps your bike running at peak performance and it can also keep you safe while on the road.

While you may not need to grease your bike pedals as often as you do other moving parts like the chain and gears, you still need to grease pedals every few months. The frequency will depend on how often and how far you ride. Consider greasing pedals once a month if you ride on particularly dusty dirt paths. Grease also comes in handy when you need to get pedals off a bike.

Let’s take a look at what kind of grease to use for bike pedals.

Best grease for bike pedals

The best lubricant for bike pedals is one that is made specifically for use on a bicycle. Several companies produce grease for bikes, including Whistler Performance Lubricants, CyclingDeal, Park Tool, and Finish Line:

Whistler Performance

WPL Forkboost Lube - Bike Lubricant for Mountain Bike Forks and Shocks - Premium Bike Oil for Suspension Dust Seals

Park Tool

Park Tool PPL-1 PolyLube 1000 Bicycle Grease (Tube)

Finish Line

Finish Line Dry Bike Lubricant with Teflon Squeeze Bottle, 8 oz.


CyclingDeal Road Mountain Bike Bicycle MTB 500ml/17oz Anti-Seize Golden Elite Lubricant Lube for Bottom Bracket | Headset Bearing | Pedal | Hub | Titanium Parts

To choose between the many lubricants available, the first place to start is with your bike’s materials. Make sure that whichever you buy is compatible with your bicycle, of course.

Price may also be a factor in your choice. Most of the companies above have very affordable pricing, but you may also need to buy a grease gun. In addition, keep in mind that it is sometimes a better financial decision to buy a larger, more expensive container if it will last longer, especially if you know for certain that it is the product you need.

What kind of grease to use for bike pedals

You do not necessarily have to use a grease made specifically for bike pedals. Other types will work just as well. We recommend finding something that is made for moving parts, though. Certain types of car grease, machinery grease, and even some types of grease used by locksmiths for doors can all be safely used on bicycles.

Once again, the most important thing is to know what materials your bike is made out of (aluminum, titanium, alloy, and so on) and make sure the grease will not damage it.

Using common household products instead of grease

If you don’t want to go out and buy the lubricant for your bike pedals, you might be wondering if there are any items around your home that you could use instead. Let’s take a look at two of the most common: Vaseline and WD40.

Can you use Vaseline on bike pedals?

Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly 50ml - Pack of 2

You can use Vaseline to grease bike pedals. If you ride professionally or do a great deal of riding on difficult terrain, it may not be the best idea. It also isn’t the best product to use if your bike will be exposed to very high temperatures. But otherwise, it should be just fine to use Vaseline in place of traditional grease.

Can you use WD40 on bike pedals?

WD-40 Multi-Use Product with Smart Straw Sprays 2 Ways, 3-Pack, 12 OZ

You should not use WD40 on bike pedals. WD40 has certain added chemicals and solvents that make it unsuitable for use on something like a bike pedal. Even though it might feel greasy, it is a degreaser. It is, however, a good item to have around for other bike maintenance issues, such as cleaning your chain.

And keep in mind that WD40 also markets a proper bike lubricant under its brand, which would be fine for greasing your pedals.

Learning how to grease bike pedals

We strongly recommend reading articles or watching some online tutorials before greasing your pedals for the first time. Better yet, have a more seasoned cyclist (who has probably completed this task dozens of times) help you.

Undoubtedly, your bike is an investment, and one with which you don’t want to take chances. Once you find the right grease and the right techniques, though, it will become an easy part of your bike maintenance routine.

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