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    NJS my life! roughrider504's Avatar
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    Tubing rust: how bad can it get?

    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. 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?

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    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?

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    JP Weigle's Frame Saver (probably just like rustoleum only more expensive)

    http://www.branfordbike.com/bikecare/bcare1.html

    rollin' and tumblin'

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    is this any different from the "rust converters" that i see in hardware stores?
    and if life has failed you, leave the cross you're nailed to
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    .... 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.

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    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.

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    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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