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how to prevent rust(8 posts)

how to prevent rusthawaii_bound
Apr 12, 2001 9:26 AM
Hi. I will be moving to Hawaii shortly and I am wondering if anyone can offer advice on how to prevent the serious rust that a bike and components seem to get because of the weather out there. Or is it basically impossible to prevent the rust? If so, maybe I should consider selling while my bike while it is still in good condition? Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
re: how to prevent rustSkip
Apr 12, 2001 9:55 AM
Which island are you moving to and which side of the island will you be living? I live on the rainy side of the Big Island. I have both an aluminum mnt. bike and a Ti road bike. As long as you don't leave your bike in the pouring rain or outdoors along the coast for sea spray to affect it, and you maintain your bike, I don't believe it will be an issue. Some islands and areas of all islands will be wetter than other areas. But the salt in the sea air will be more to worry about. If you will live along the coast or ride alot along the coast, be sure to rinse well and keep everything well lubricated. Welcome to HI.
re: how to prevent rusthawaii_bound
Apr 12, 2001 4:20 PM
Will be moving to Oahu. Plan on living on the North Shore - Laie area. I have a carbon frame. Do you know how that compares to aluminum or ti as far as susceptibility to rust? Also, do you know of any groups to ride with on Oahu? Thanks for the feedback.
re: how to prevent rustSkip
Apr 12, 2001 7:56 PM
Laie is located on the most northern aspect of the windward side just before Kahuku and getting to the northern tip where Turtle Bay is located. You will see more rain here than in the center of the island, Honolulu, or the leeward side. Carbon will not rust, so you only need worry about your components - brakes, drivetrain, cables, etc. Keep them well lubricated and away from salt air. The roads as I remember them in and around Laie are narrow and winding - be careful of cars. As far as riding groups, rides, organized events, etc., check with Frank Smith at ITB (Island Triathalon & Bike) at 732-7227.

Skip
re: how to prevent rustLarry Meade
Apr 12, 2001 11:27 AM
I envy you. I lived on the North Shore of Oahu for almost 6 years and still miss it. The one thing that I found is that even in the house things would rust due to the fact that the houses aren't really that sealed against the elements. I just made sure that I wiped the bike down regularly and kept the drive train well lubed. I rode mostly ti bikes while I was there so I didn't worry too much about frame damage. I think if you just keep an eye on things and maybe use a little wax on a steel frame you will be alright. Most of my problems were in the winter when the huge swells would hit and send salt spray into the air for several blocks inland. I lived about 75 meters from the beach and so saw a lot of salt...Enjoy Hawaii and if you see any Pacific Velo riders tell em Larry says hi...

Larry
re: how to prevent rustBecky
Apr 12, 2001 3:43 PM
I had a similar question about damage due to salt air and sand, as I am moving to the Delaware coast for the summer. My LBS guru recommended spraying my Cannondale down with a silicone spray (NOT silicone lubricant- they have dirt-attracting oil in them) until it drips, letting it dry and then polishing it with an old rag. Silicone spray for anything that doesn't move and all the bolts and a good chain lube like KryTech for everything that does move. I just sprayed it today and am taking the bike to the coast this weekend...we'll see how it does...
re: how to prevent rusthawaii_bound
Apr 12, 2001 4:24 PM
Appreciate the feedback as I will be living on the North Shore as well - Laie area. I have a carbon frame. Do you know how that compares to ti frames like yours as far as susceptibility to rust? What types of wax and lube do you use/recommend? You mentioned the Pacific Velo riders, is this a cycling club on Oahu and how could I hook up with them or any other groups you might know of? Thanks.
re: how to prevent rustBecky
Apr 12, 2001 5:20 PM
Carbon frames are basically nothing more than plastic. Granted, really expensive, strong, lightweight plastic, but from a chemical standpoint, a polymer is a polymer. The rusting concern does apply to any metal components that you may have on your bike.
Best of luck with your move and happy riding!