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Steel frame in the northwest????(6 posts)

Steel frame in the northwest????Serac
Mar 13, 2003 12:52 PM
Anyone living in Seattle or Portland ride with a steel frame? Considering buying one for the wife but we will be relocating to Portland in two years. Does anyone experience the severe rusting that I am expecting? If so, can it be prevented--or is it better to go with aluminum?
Don't worry about it.RJF
Mar 13, 2003 1:03 PM
Lots of folks ride steel here in Oregon -- I wouldn't give it a second thought. In fact, we've got at least two excellent frame-builders here -- Vanilla and Landshark -- that work exclusively in steel. Spray on some framesaver and don't worry about it.

New York City and Houston are amongst the many cities that get more rain than Portland. It rains a lot here, but it never rains very much. It's usually more a light mist than a rain.
You're Right!merckxman
Mar 13, 2003 8:03 PM
I was really surprised that NYC gets more rain than Potland! 44.4 vs. 40.7 inches/annually.
Talk to Mike DeSalvoMariowannabe
Mar 13, 2003 1:17 PM
of DeSalvo Cycles in Ore. He builds using steel.
Mar 13, 2003 1:47 PM
My dedicated rain bike is steel. So are all my other bikes. No issues. Just make sure you have a good paint job and you spray Boeshield or Framesaver or oil or something down the tubes once per year.
re: Steel frame in the northwest????toomanybikes
Mar 13, 2003 8:09 PM
Lived in Vancouver for twenty years - never rode anything but steel all the time I was there - I still have one of those bikes - going on 20 yrs old now - good as new!