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Wheel Fanatyk CLEAR building oil


At last, a super effective, clear, odorless, non-toxic, FOOD SAFE, biodegradable oil for wheel building.

  • Amazing friction reduction, an almost slimy feel between fingers.
  • Equivalent load capacity and wear reduction to the highest grade motor oils.
  • High viscosity but easy to pour. Adheres to and compatible with all materials.
  • Excellent corrosion resistance.
  • No known symptoms from eye or skin contact or ingestion.
  • 100% synthetic, extremely temperature stable. Over 100ºF higher flash point than most petroleum or mineral based oils.
  • Economical, available in 4oz (118ml) and 16ox (473ml) bottles with caps and spouts.

Wheel Fanatyk CLEAR meets high performance standards but takes toxicity seriously. To understand mans seeing through over-simplified labels like "environmental," "biodegradable," "green," "natural," etc. For those of you who do, you are lucky. Choices like this are key to living well in the 21st century. To download CLEAR's MSDS, click here.

  • Apply as you presently use oil. Many add to a freshly laced wheel, driving into the partly occupied nipple bore and around the nipple head (nipple-to-rim interface).
  • Others prefer dipping nipples in oil, draining, and then lacing. our Bath and Shuffler support this approach. Pickup each pre-oiled nipple with a pointed tool like EVT's Mulfinger or our Nipple Inserter. Then start the nipple on the spoke. CLEAR's high viscosity means plenty is on the nipple even weeks later.
  • To secure threads, use either a post-assembly Loctite™ (222 or 290) or DT Spoke Freeze™, or coat spokes with a ompound like Spoke Prep™ or our FIX prior to lacing. I prefer the last since FIX reduces friction so truing is less strenuous and more accurate. 

It must be boiled so it will eventually harden. Today Boiled Linseed Oil retains the name "boiled" but no longer is. The equivalent chemistry is done with additives that are not specified. Toxics in these additives are overlooked because, today, linseed oil is intended as a paint ingredient. Why expose yourself?

Boiled linseed oil dries by oxidizing. In a warm and humid atmosphere, drying can take several weeks, too long for busy schedules. Oxidation releases heat and flammable materials (textiles, paper towels, wood chips) containing boiled linseed oil want to catch fire. Closing the container limits oxygen so the fire may be suppressed but the tendency to burst into flames makes boiled linseed oil a substance to handle with care.

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