I am picking up a leftover 2006 Buenos Aires on Thursday. I was just wondering what, if anything, special I should do for care of the bike. It is the Steel/Carbon frame. I am really excited to get it, and I want it to last a long time.
I figure that as long as I keep in reasonably clean and dry, it'll be just fine. But should I put in some anti corrosion in the frame while it's new?
Do what I did: buy a second (or 3rd and 4th) bike that won't rust, and never ride your nice steel bike in the rain. I got sick of freaking out about riding my steel Cervelo in the wet, after I once found 1/8 inch of water sitting in the bottom bracket shell.
It gives you an excuse to buy another bike.
I sprayed fish oil on mine, but it was very hard to penetrate every spot, and it wiped right off after it got soaked. So, i thought "stuff it, I just won't ride it on wet days"
Use Weigles and drill a hole (or 2) in the BB Shell to drain the water. You will end up with water in any frame but having a hole in the BB keeps it drained. I ride steel in sun, rain, and snow...with the framesaver I never worry. Still prefer the ride of a steel frame.
OK. Frame saver it is. I am not one that is going to "worry" everytime the bike gets a little wet. I will just use some frame saver and ride the crap out of it. If it rusts, so be it. I will just have to get the latest and greatest
'''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
My "rain bike" is an '83 vintage Trek lugged steel frame I bought used but in excellent shape about 5 years ago. I did a thorough Frame Save treatment on it as soon as I got it and it is still solid after 5 years of being ridden ONLY in rain/snow/salt/ice/etc.