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rust inhibitor(7 posts)

rust inhibitorJoshua
Mar 21, 2002 8:22 AM
I was wondering if any one could give some info on preventing rust on a steel bike. There is currently no rust on the bike and I would like to keepp it that way. Also what is the best chain lube and cable lube to use on a roadbike. Thanks
Dont ride itonespeed
Mar 21, 2002 8:24 AM
Dont leave it out in the rain.
JP Weigle Framesaver. Don't use anything else. (nm)Elefantino
Mar 21, 2002 8:25 AM
Rust never sleeps...cory
Mar 21, 2002 8:31 AM
But where I live, at least, it's not very active--I have two bikes that are more than 15 years old, get no special treatment, and neither has more than an occasional speck of rust. I imagine people near the beach have a bigger problem...
The basic rule is to keep water away from the steel. Touch up the paint when it gets scratched (matching colors from an auto parts store, or just dab on clear nail polish). Occasionally treat the inside of the frame with something like Frame Saver or Boeshield, which coat the metal and keep condensation from causing problems. Instructions are on the can.
I don't think there's any consensus on the BEST lube for anything, and I don't really think there's much difference in effectiveness. Bike stresses are pretty low compared to a lot of machinery. I use White Lightning on the chain, mostly because it's clean, and re-lube every few rides, as often as I think of it. For the cables, I just smear on a little film of whatever's around when I replace them.
Marlon Brando, Pocahontas and me. [nm]Ahimsa
Mar 21, 2002 5:36 PM
good catch, I missed that one. lol (nm)laffeaux
Mar 21, 2002 5:40 PM
I've never worried excessively about rust.Spoke Wrench
Mar 21, 2002 8:47 AM
And I've never had a frame that didn't last longer than I wanted. After a decade or so, I'm ready for something new. I currently own a Bridgstone RB-2 that is least 10 years old with no visable rust. It's been repainted once but that was out of boredom not because of need.

There are lots of opinions about lubrication. Mine is tht a little bit is good, but it's almost impossible not to put on too much. I put the tinyest drop of Tri-Flow that I can on each link of my chain, let it set for a while and then try to wipe it all off.