Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: New Rochelle, NY
Bikes: too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
No need to actually remove the rust. Simply pull an oil dampened strip of cloth through to clean off loose rust and leave a protective film. If you're finicky, push a steel wool pad, or piece of Scotchbrite in and push it back and forth with a stick, to polish out the rust, then followup with oil.
Flex hone $20.00 or more ---- SOS (or Brillo) pad and a stick under $1.00, and probably already handy.
For the future, find a neoprene O-ring, and fit it around the stem, and push down to the top of the headset to keep sweat out of the tube. Sometimes, there's room to trap the O-ring at inside top of the locknut. Greased up well, it's stays hidden while keeping water out, making for a more elegant job.
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Last edited by FBinNY; 01-05-14 at 09:15 PM.