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Life of a steel frame?(6 posts)

Life of a steel frame?snwbdrhoon
Dec 13, 2002 12:20 PM
How long will a good steel frame last if it's being ridden and raced on?

Assume that it's kept in decent care not anal and not abused.
re: Life of a steel frame?flyweight
Dec 13, 2002 1:03 PM
Our shop has a track frame that was ridden by a pro racer in the 1930's that's still in great condition. We've also got a few road bikes from the 1950's that are still ridable. Given that today's steel tubes are made with much more exacting tolerances there's no reason why a good steel frame can't last a lifetime.
re: Life of a steel frame?laffeaux
Dec 13, 2002 1:22 PM
My steel MTB has been beaten on for the past 5 years and still rides great. Expect all of the components to give out before the frame does.
Life of a steel frame.. 20 to lifebuffalosorrow
Dec 13, 2002 1:57 PM
I agree that a steel frame can last a lifetime. The good news about steel frames is that in most cases be repaired and altered.
A few good hints. For frames and components, check often for stress, cracks, fatigue etc.

A quick question to add to the mix. Frame saver, what brand and how often to administer? I was thinking at the end of the season, being that it was the bikes first season.
Depends on where you livelaffeaux
Dec 13, 2002 2:08 PM
I'm not sure if any of my frames were treated in the factory or at the LBS before I bought them, but I've never done anything to preserve the interiors. I live in the SF Bay Area where it's fairly dry most of the year, and the insides of my steel frames all look fine. I pulled the BB on my MTB this spring to replace it, and the inside of the BB shell looked brand new.

I used to put car wax on the outside of the frame, but I can't be bothered to even do that these days.
Depends on where you live and where storedbuffalosorrow
Dec 15, 2002 5:31 PM
Forgot to metion that if you store your bike in a damp garage or basement, this can affect its life span.... I ride in the northeast and store bikes in my living area (yeah I like to look at em') So most of the time they are in climate controled conditions.

I did purchase a steel pinarello a few years back obviously stored in a damp virginia basement or garage, tell tale signs of surface rust and frozen components... a nightmare.

After race day I take the time to hose off, dry and lub. This conincides with weekly commuting.