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Yikes! Rust!(4 posts)

Yikes! Rust!WhoWasThat
Jun 4, 2002 10:24 AM
I'm new to steel bikes so pls forgive me if this is a dumb question.
OK, so I pull my stem and seatpost out of my 853 steel frame this morning to grease them. First time in a year. What's on them? Rust!
Rust residue inside my seat tube and head tube. Is this serious? Is it normal? Will my frame turn to powder, leaving me without the bike I could barely afford in the first place? Steel gurus, your expertise please? Also, advice on maintenance for the future in this regard. Thank you, thank you.
Define Rustlaffeaux
Jun 4, 2002 10:27 AM
Did the old lube have a hint of brown to it? Did you see a bit of surface rust? Or was there really a lot of rust inside?
Define RustWhoWasThat
Jun 4, 2002 11:25 AM
It really looks like surface rust on the inside, but quite a bit of it got on the parts. Is it anything to worry about? Do about it?
My opinionlaffeaux
Jun 4, 2002 1:52 PM
As long as it's just surface rust, I'd wipe down the stem and post, regrease them with fresh grease, put the bike back together, and go ride. I have several steel frames (mostly mountain), and it's common to see a bit of surface rust on them, but frames that are 10 years old or more, have any more than those that are a few years old.

However if it looks like a lot of rust check with your LBS to see if it's normal.

As long as the bike is stored inside, rust is generally not a problem.