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Old 12-12-05, 11:11 PM   #1
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cog welding with rust

Maybe kind of a dumb question, but I'm the worst for maintenance, and I can't see myself taking off the cog/lockring every once in a while in the winter to regrease it to avoid weldage. I'm putting another on now, and not even wanting to consider the state of the lockring and cog after just a few weeks of regular salting and wetting. rusty steel cog, salt/alu reactions on the hub threads, hmm.

You all in the salty wetter snowy areas, can I get away with just leaving it on there all winter and still get it off in the spring? the threads were greased to the wazoo when installed, and while I can't imagine much can actually get in between threads there, it seems that much can't come out either.

Then again, salt has an amazing way of finding its way into everything.
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Old 12-13-05, 10:05 AM   #2
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Does anybody besides me use anti-sieze compound on threaded parts? This is the stuff made for automotive use that is silver or copper in color and gets EVERYWHERE. However i use it on large threaded assemblies on my vehicles that I know I will want to be able to take apart after years of salt-attack and zero maintenance. And they always do. Come apart. This stuff is the shiznit for big suspension bolts, etc that would really suck if they got frozen in place.

I used it on some bike parts but I haven't been using them very long and I don't like riding my "good" bikes in wet winter weather so I don't really know if it works or not.

Water can eventually wash the grease out of threaded assemblies to the ponit where corrosion takes over. I think it takes a long time though.

In retrospect I guess these comments aren't really that helpful. Oh well.

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the threads were greased to the wazoo when installed, and while I can't imagine much can actually get in between threads there, it seems that much can't come out either.

Then again, salt has an amazing way of finding its way into everything.
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Old 12-13-05, 10:23 AM   #3
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go to the store and buy a thing of anti-seize....it will make your life 100 x's easier at the end of winter...put it on your pedal threads too...i forgot last winter and ni will forever have a pair of suginos with eggbeaters on them
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Old 12-13-05, 10:35 AM   #4
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youre from MTL we need to ride sometime

although i could potentially know you already...who knows

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I haven't had a problem with cogs or lockrings, at least using the rotafix method to get the cog off. Lockrings, it really pays to have a better tool (I use the Hozan wrench) to make sure you don't strip them.

One thing you really should check though is the seat bolt. I had one of those seize on me last winter. It loosened enough to let the seat move forward and back, but I couldn't tighten or loosen it. When I finally got it off, I found all of the threads coated in a really fine powdered salt. Basically it had welded all the parts together and stopped any threads from engaging. The only thing really holding it together was salt cement
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