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Steel Care?(7 posts)

Steel Care?rengaracchi
Jun 30, 2002 4:21 PM
I bought two bikes, one for me and the other for my girlfriend, and both of them happend to be steel. What sort of general maintenance should I do? Is there something I should do when they are brand new? I spent a small fotune and want them to last a long time. They are a Pinarello Opera and a custom built Land Shark.

Thanks!
re: Steel Care?seamus
Jun 30, 2002 9:09 PM
Nice bikes. I have two Landsharks(one 700c wheel, one 650c wheel) myself and I love 'em. For care, get yourself some J.P. Weigle Framesaver off the internet somewhere (www.branfordbike.com has it I think) and treat the inside of the tubes with it to prevent rust. Top quality automotive rust preventors will also do the trick. This, and touching up scratches with nail polish or hobby paint, will help those frames last a long time.

I live near SF, CA and years of rain rides haven't produced much rust on even non-treated frames, but if you live somewhere humid, this rustproofing stuff is critical.
re: Steel Care?rengaracchi
Jun 30, 2002 10:56 PM
Thanks for your imput. I live in Japan where humidity is always a concern. I will check a local automobile parts shop. I think I am prepared for the new bikes!

Is your 650c wheel Land Shark a TT bike?
re: Steel Care?laffeaux
Jun 30, 2002 10:39 PM
I've lived on the east and west coasts and I've always ridden steel bikes. Ive never done anything to them other store them inside or in a garage, and kept them dry. I've never had a problem with rust.
re: Steel Care?rengaracchi
Jun 30, 2002 11:00 PM
OK, so I don't need to be too critical about this. Because of the new bikes, I completely cleaned and transformed my garage into a little bicycle working space. At least I did one right thing :-). Thanks!
Leave em in a garage if possibleColnagoFE
Jul 1, 2002 7:44 AM
Sudden changes in temperature can cause condensation inside the tubes...in other words don't ride em outside and store em inside. I leave mine in the garage year round.
Re:seamus
Jul 1, 2002 8:46 AM
No, my 650c Landshark isn't a TT bike per se, just a slightly weird road bike. Though if I needed a TT bike, I suppose I'd use it.

I've heard the ride outside/condensation/store inside thing too, but in 20 years of riding in all sorts of weather and storing steel bikes in my house, I've had zero rust problems. But then again, that's with really nice bikes with good paint and rustproofing, and I live in a relatively dry area.