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.
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?|
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?|
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.