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Bicycle on the Ferry(6 posts)

Bicycle on the Ferryirnchf
Jan 11, 2002 10:38 AM
Hello, fellow roadies! I have been lurking for some time, but this is my first post, so please be gentle.

I take the ferry from Oakland to SF every day. My normal commute bike is starting to rust. I saw the previous dicussion about protecting the inside of the frame using Framesaver. What can I do about the components and hardware? I would like to start taking my road bike to work for lunch time rides but am reluctant to expose it to the elements. Any suggestions?
re: Bicycle on the FerryDave Hickey
Jan 11, 2002 11:49 AM
First thing that comes to mind is can you keep your bike at work? I keep a bike in my office and take it home every couple of weeks to clean. That would be the safest way to protect it from rust. If not, you can spray everything with WD40 although WD40 picks up alot of dust and grime.
Probably not a big worryRetro
Jan 11, 2002 12:04 PM
Most of the components on all but the cheapest bikes are going to be aluminum, so rust isn't a problem. Frame Saver or Boeshield (or linseed oil, which is cheaper but lacks panache) will protect the inside of the frame, and the paint protects the outside (if the frame's aluminum, too, you have no problem there, either). The chain can be lubed with something gunky (there are many "wet condition" chain lubes). Anything steel that's not stainless or chromed can be protected with car wax. I lived in Berkeley for years, rode all around that area, and nothing ever rusted much.
re: Bicycle on the Ferryjrm
Jan 11, 2002 12:36 PM
i dont think that the duration of the exposure is anything to worry about. On crummy days when the exposure is at its worst your pobuly not going to drag your bike along anyway. Do they let you travel with your bike inside the ferry?
re: Bicycle on the Ferryirnchf
Jan 11, 2002 12:55 PM
Thanks for all of your replies. Here's the thing: The bike has to sit on the fantail and gets lots of salt spray. Some days it actually ends up with a crust of salt on it. They don't let you keep your bike inside. As I said in my initial post, my commute bike IS rusting. Based on what you all have said so far it sounds like a combination of Framesaver, car wax, and wet-weather lubricant for the chain would be the way to go.

Unfortunately, in addition to the beater that I use for commuting I only have one road bike. So keeping one at work is not currently an option - but a good suggestion nonetheless.

By the way: Anyone know where I can buy Framesaver in Oakland or Berkeley? If not, I am sure that my local shop can order it.
re: Bicycle on the FerryDave Hickey
Jan 11, 2002 1:35 PM
How about a bike bag or cover. It would keep the elements off the bike on the ferry and they can fold up small enough to fit in a saddle bag or frame bag