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Steel Frame Saver Needed?(6 posts)

Steel Frame Saver Needed?roaddog
Sep 17, 2002 3:37 AM
How important is anti rust treatment for the inside of a steel frame? What is the most critical tube to protect? Can it be sprayed in after the bike is already assembled? Will it gum up the bottom bracket and mess up the steering tube bearings if the frame is rolled around to get it flowing up into the head tube? Does the liquid harden into a solid coating? How do you keep it from causing binding of the seat post?
Oh, if you ride a lot in wet conditions orscottfree
Sep 17, 2002 6:07 AM
you live by the ocean, it wouldn't hurt. And no, it doesn't harden up and cause binding or gumming anywhere.

That said, I've been riding steel bikes for more years than I care to remember and I've never used frame saver, and I've never had even a hint of a rust problem. I think for most steel bikes it's a non-issue.
A little tip for steel steerer tube rust.Alex-in-Evanston
Sep 17, 2002 7:15 AM
If you ride in the rain, an area that does get surface rust quite easily is within the steerer tube. I take the end cap from a bar tape package and fit it into the base of the tube. I have to wrap it a bit with electrical tape to get a snug fit, but it hasn't popped out yet.

As for frame saving the inside of your frame - for me, it's worth the piece of mind if nothing else.

re: Steel Frame Saver Needed?Nessism
Sep 17, 2002 11:42 AM
I recommend you take off the fork, bottom bracket, and seatpost before using the rust treatment product. To apply, spray liberal amounts, swish about inside the frame to make sure everything is coated, and then pour off the excess. The frame will drip for a while depending on what type of product you use. If you're not careful, the product may collect and puddle in the bottom bracket which may or may not cause problems.

Good luck.

Tip that was given to me:coonass
Sep 17, 2002 3:37 PM
'wipe' the hole with silicone sealant to prevent moisture from entering...(black for black frames, clear for other colors)
check the serotta site...JS Haiku Shop
Sep 18, 2002 5:07 AM
for care and feeding of their steel frames. they suggest yearly re-treatment with framesaver.