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Old 04-04-06, 07:49 PM   #1
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Dropout Question

I recently bought a steel frame. I found after the purchase that the rear dropouts are not stainless. Will those pose future rust problems? I do not ride in rain; but, just how much moisture can penetrate the dropouts between the frame and the wheel? Can anyone give me some advice or suggestions?
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Old 04-04-06, 07:56 PM   #2
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The dropouts on my late 70's Raleigh are not stainless and haven't rusted off yet.

Your worry is unfounded.
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Old 04-04-06, 08:02 PM   #3
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I guess I am just a worrier. Thanks for reply and opinion.
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I dont think any dropouts are stainless (except if they use that new Reynolds 9xx steel)
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Don't store the bicycle under water.
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Dropouts are solid steel. Usually they're painted, although paint scratches off here with clamping the wheels on. Stainless dropouts are a good idea but relatively new in implementation; many older steel bikes have chromed dropouts, which are very nice as well.

However, despite paint scuffing and subsequent possibility of surface rust on dropouts, they're completely safe. If frames ever do rust out, it's from inside the tubing, which is narrow and a good environment to keep moisture. The dropouts are thick steel, and on the outside of the bike where they dry quickly.
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