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    I usually use Turtle Wax Chrome Polish on my chrome stuff and it works pretty good, a thin layer of car wax certainly won't hurt it.

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    Does chrome "go bad?"

    Seems to me, chrome only gets hozzled up when it's scratched or when it's REALLY let go.

    Am I wrong in that observation?
    Chrome will, absolutely, go bad! Have you ever seen chrome blush? Though the surface is not marred in any way, the shine is changed due to discoloration under the chrome plating, sometimes starting out as a blotchy beneath the surface appearance. Once this happens, there is nothing that I know of that can be done to rectify the situation, short of rechroming. Sadly, the chrome had blushed on this old Proctor. Unfortunately, the cosmetic concern does not come through well in the photos but in person, the blush was very obvious on this old Proctor-Townsend.

    The storage area should be dry and, preferably, out of the sun light, which can cause issues with art, paint and, yes, even the chrome, not to mention melting hoods, tires and anything else of the rubber/plastic family. Avoid large temperature swings, such as those that we can, and do, experience in Canada, sometimes on a daily basis. I ramble - sorry.

    Use a pertroleum based product on the chrome plated and coat all bare metal, be it frame, fork or component based. (Do not get a petroleum based product on anything rubber.) Often times, the frame chrome plating will be far better quality that some of the component chrome plating. And don't forget that alloy oxidizes also, but instead of red iron oxide forming, dirty whitish silver aluminum oxide does, and that will, sooner or lated, pit the soft alloy. Put another way, these things need to be protected also. Next, spring and memory...

    Derailleurs should be shifted and stored, to place the least pressure on the springs. This means, for most bikes, the chain rests on the small cog and small ring.

    Drop tire pressure to just enough to maintain the tire's shape. Hang the bike from both, or just one wheel, but be careful here. Wrap the hook(s) with inner tubing, ensuring that the metal of the hook, even if plastic coated, will have no chance of coming into contact with the metal of the wheel rim. Without that cushion, damage to the rim, particularly alloy ones, will occur over time, even if the bike remains untouched. The Earth's natural vibrations, over time, can actually wear a dip into the soft aluminum of the rim.

    Finally, have a look, every now and then, just to ensure that you did the above right. If you are like me, you will look every day, filled with anticipation for the next riding season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
    Chrome will, absolutely, go bad! Have you ever seen chrome blush? Though the surface is not marred in any way, the shine is changed due to discoloration under the chrome plating, sometimes starting out as a blotchy beneath the surface appearance. Once this happens, there is nothing that I know of that can be done to rectify the situation, short of rechroming. Sadly, the chrome had blushed on this old Proctor. Unfortunately, the cosmetic concern does not come through well in the photos but in person, the blush was very obvious on this old Proctor-Townsend.

    The storage area should be dry and, preferably, out of the sun light, which can cause issues with art, paint and, yes, even the chrome, not to mention melting hoods, tires and anything else of the rubber/plastic family. Avoid large temperature swings, such as those that we can, and do, experience in Canada, sometimes on a daily basis. I ramble - sorry.

    Use a pertroleum based product on the chrome plated and coat all bare metal, be it frame, fork or component based. (Do not get a petroleum based product on anything rubber.) Often times, the frame chrome plating will be far better quality that some of the component chrome plating. And don't forget that alloy oxidizes also, but instead of red iron oxide forming, dirty whitish silver aluminum oxide does, and that will, sooner or lated, pit the soft alloy. Put another way, these things need to be protected also. Next, spring and memory...

    Derailleurs should be shifted and stored, to place the least pressure on the springs. This means, for most bikes, the chain rests on the small cog and small ring.

    Drop tire pressure to just enough to maintain the tire's shape. Hang the bike from both, or just one wheel, but be careful here. Wrap the hook(s) with inner tubing, ensuring that the metal of the hook, even if plastic coated, will have no chance of coming into contact with the metal of the wheel rim. Without that cushion, damage to the rim, particularly alloy ones, will occur over time, even if the bike remains untouched. The Earth's natural vibrations, over time, can actually wear a dip into the soft aluminum of the rim.

    Finally, have a look, every now and then, just to ensure that you did the above right. If you are like me, you will look every day, filled with anticipation for the next riding season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
    Derailleurs should be shifted and stored, to place the least pressure on the springs. This means, for most bikes, the chain rests on the small cog and small ring.
    I think this is probably not beneficial, but it won't hurt anything.

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