Bicycle Mechanics - Tubing rust: how bad can it get?
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03-29-07, 05:23 PM
I am currently riding a Katrina'ed Schwinn Super LeTour with 4130 tubing. Ive been riding it for months now, but I just got the idea to shine a flashlight down the downtube. I was greeted with a so well known orange color and rough texture. :eek: I havent had any problems yet and I have been riding it pretty hard [but hey it was free!]. Should I be afraid? Should I start looking for another frame? :(
03-29-07, 05:35 PM
You could try some of that Rust stopper stuff. Its a spray that basically neutralizes any rust and protects it from corroding more. Cant remember the name. Anyone know?
03-29-07, 06:38 PM
JP Weigle's Frame Saver (probably just like rustoleum only more expensive)
03-29-07, 08:18 PM
is this any different from the "rust converters" that i see in hardware stores?
03-29-07, 09:44 PM
.... Depends on a multitude of factors.
... Primarly, I've seen some amusing effects involving Rust and Seamed Tubes.
A gent had a frame with a seamed tubeset... while trying to remove the bottom bracket a crack developed across over a quarter of the down tube... straight line... Rust was evident in the crack.
To answer your original question, frames can rust all the way through. I recently saw a beautiful Olmo with a rust hole in the seat tube.
03-30-07, 07:52 PM
I retired the frame. On closer inspection I fount a few places where dots of rust are coming through. Since I have a nice Raleigh frame not being used, I will just use that. The LeTour is being hung on the wall. R.I.P. Thanks for all the replies.
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