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A little rust here and there on my $10 bike(4 posts)

A little rust here and there on my $10 bike128
Oct 23, 2001 5:54 AM
Yeah I'm gloating a little!!
This is the '87 Specialized SE I picked up from a guy who usually sells just antique furniture but found himself with a couple cycles for sale.(I passed on the mint Shogun, figured that was there for some kid to have his own great find of the day...) It was fate and free will in harmonic convergance; I've been looking all summer for a frame to build up, passed this guy and thought "better check um out" and backed up about a 1/4 mile to scope this sweet ride. Shimano 600 group, Mavics, is straight and in excellent condition. And the best fits. Unreal. Still in honeymoon phase with this sweet thing.
Had it tuned and inspected at the LBS and they loved it too.

"You know, I only paid..."
"Yeah, yeah, we been talkin' about it all weekend."

I'll swap out the stock saddle and big ring in the Spring (just around the corner!)

Only put about 60 miles on it so far but rides like the definition of liberty (How's that for maudlin!)

Anyway, question for you wrenches out there regarding the little bit of rust under the top tube beneath the seat.
How should I best address this? Sand-prime-paint? Something like that? Any thoughts on good products? It's CroMo and otherwise straight. The LBS guy didn't think it an issue but I want to get it off there because, as we know, rust never sleeps...



yep, sand-prime-paint OR sand-seal with nail polish nmJs Haiku Shop
Oct 23, 2001 6:01 AM
Some 120 grit? Down to the metal and then128
Oct 23, 2001 11:54 AM
Apply the polish?

Ok, a crappy attempt at a haiku, but I don't see your shop shipping any...

But seriously; what grit would you use? I know wood and paint but never worked in metal...(except Scorpions and stuff..)
offhand, can't remember...Js Haiku Shop
Oct 23, 2001 12:07 PM
but it's labeled "for use with metal" at the home depot. don't worry too much, it's a $10 bike! :o)

this is what i've been using with fixer-uppers around the garage, not on my main rides. my roadies are both aluminum. mtb is cro-moly, though. hasn't seen much action this year.

and yes, i use 'fine' or 'ultra-fine' grit...