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    Lead Paint on Bikes

    I don't know if this is the proper section, but it seems to me that there's got to be some lead in the paint used on bike frames. Does anyone know? Perhaps its not a safety issue or is it?

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    Quit chewin' on your bike and it won't be an issue.

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    Not bloody likely. Dupont Imron and other high tech polymers do not use lead. Bike paints have their own problems. That is why fume hoods are used when they are painted. "White Lead" or 2PbCO2.Pb(OH)2 is a fairly stable ingredient in older structural paints. If you know of anyone still selling it contact the EPA.
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    Lead based paint would be way too heavy for our high performance bikes anyway!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ken cummings View Post
    Not bloody likely. Dupont Imron and other high tech polymers do not use lead. Bike paints have their own problems. That is why fume hoods are used when they are painted. "White Lead" or 2PbCO2.Pb(OH)2 is a fairly stable ingredient in older structural paints. If you know of anyone still selling it contact the EPA.
    Lead paint is still allowed for industrial uses, so it can still legally be sold.

    If you are that worried about lead paint, as stated, don't chew on it; or buy an unpainted Titanium bike.

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    Even if you do chew on it, it will only give you brain damage...

    And that can be prevented by wearing a helmet.

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    Explains why my bicycles are all VERY heavy- 3 coats of lead. And I stupid enough to think it was 'cause they're steel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by genec View Post
    Quit chewin' on your bike and it won't be an issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by genec View Post
    Quit chewin' on your bike and it won't be an issue.
    Well, there is also the problem of licking and drinking acidic beverages out of the seat tube.

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    Ti oxide has largely replaced white lead as a pigment for paints

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    Lead bases paint cannot be used in consumer goods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
    Lead bases paint cannot be used in consumer goods.
    Just like motorist cannot run red lights because that would be illegal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan View Post
    Lead bases paint cannot be used in consumer goods.
    Tell that to the Chinese, who may have made your bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Artkansas View Post
    Tell that to the Chinese, who may have made your bike.
    One day you'll regret that comment, and will have to apologize in Chinese, the new world language!

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    Nice shot Artkansas.

    Lead risk from paint on your bicycle would be some very, very small number approaching zero (even if it contains lead) unless you sand it all off and sprinkle it on your cornflakes; in which case Lead would be the least of your worries.

    The major sources for Lead contact in this country were eliminated decades ago, namely lead in motor fuels, paint, and some home health remedies.

    Minor risks still exist from plumbing applications that used lead solder, valves and other components. Other sources may include ceramic pottery (particularly brightly colored stuff which may contain all manner of heavy metals in the pigments and the glaze).

    Any risk of Lead exposure presumes you have the genetics to make it an issue for you. I worked for years directly with the metal including smelting, drossing, casting, etc, and was tested routinely for lead concentrations in my bloodstream without any problems. Other folks could be on the job two weeks and would have to go find other work because their blood tests would indicate a problem.

    I think you have zero risk from the bicycle (don't know about your pipes, china, or cereal bowls) but a blood test is cheap enough if you are concerned.

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