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Old 10-20-10, 10:08 PM   #1
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Will my new bike rust? Paint Chipped?

The surfaces I put the wheels onto the frame are all chipped. Will these parts rust? Or speed up the time it takes to rust? What can I do? grease them?

Is this because I am tightening the wheels too tight? How do you know how tight is tight enough?
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Old 10-20-10, 10:49 PM   #2
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If the dropouts are stainless steel then its no problem,
If there is no oxygen then things wont rust, but you will die.
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What's the dropout (where you mount the wheel axles) made of? Scraping there is pretty normal, especially with quick-releases; applying some grease sounds like a good idea.
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as others have mentioned, the material of your dropouts will determine whether they're gonna rust or not. If you have steel dropouts, but they're *noT* stainless, they will rust. some grease will help slow that down. If it looks pretty bad, you can buy some nail polish in either a matching or complimentary color (or, hey, you can use an ugly color, too) and touch it up. Just make sure you let it dry thoroughly before reinstalling the wheel. And, now that you're aware of what can happen while installing a wheel, try to be a little more tender with it. You're always gonna eff up the paint in the dropouts when changing wheels, but a little bit of care can minimize the damage.

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Old 10-21-10, 12:10 PM   #5
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It's cromoly steel if that makes a difference? Some bikes have like a metal lining piece on their. I think aluminum bikes? Can I get one of those things, whatever they re called?
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Don't worry about the dropouts, they will live longer than you do. 1040 Chrome-moly rusts very slowly. It's more important that the QR be tight when you mount the wheel.
I had an old Raliegh that I bought used and rode in the refinery I worked in for 7 years and it was still in good shape. The bike sat outside in than invironment 24-7. The tubing was not very high quality.
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I have to agree. You're obsessing over something that isn't an issue. If you're really worried wipe a bit of oil on the dropouts now and then and call it good.
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