Again, a Jamis Nova issue--and judging from online reviews of the '01 model, a persistent one.
the Nova LOOKS really nice-- green, silver, and black paint with a pimping glossy clear-coat, but after a week of normal (no trail-bombing) mixed road-and-path riding, it has more chips in it than a bag of lays--ALL the pressure points have chips (BB bracket, rear and front dropouts, seatpost collar), as well as several on the main tubes and stays.
The question: as the Nova is Reynolds steel, I assume the chips will result in rust and frame deterioration over time. As I'm trying to make this my long-term primary bike, does anyone know what the best way to cover up the chips would be? Testors model paint? car wax? clear nail polish? Do bike companies issue touch-up paint?
I don't understand for the life of me why a company putting out a bike model explicitly for the mud-and-destruction world of cyclocross would choose such fragile paint.