Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-13-07, 09:24 AM   #1
Bohh
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Bohh's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Ohio
Bikes: Windsor Fens '07
Posts: 160
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Steel bike in the winter

Hey guys,

Part of my intended use for my fixed gear is to use it as a all weather bike. It's a steel univega arrow pace, would I be damaging it severly if I ride it in the northern Ohio winters and rain storms?

Thanks,

-Mike
Bohh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-07, 09:33 AM   #2
FraAngelico
Senior Member
 
FraAngelico's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 229
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
yes, it will rusty and crumble to bits
FraAngelico is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-07, 09:57 AM   #3
Igneous Faction
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 1,276
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Most of us ride steel in the winter. I say, whatever. As long as the coating is in good shape and the frame's been frame-savered, I doubt you'll see any corrosion at all.
Igneous Faction is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-07, 10:00 AM   #4
bonechilling
Run What 'Ya Brung
 
bonechilling's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 5,694
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
bonechilling is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-07, 10:28 AM   #5
jaypee
succumbs to errata
 
jaypee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: WI
Bikes:
Posts: 741
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Frame saver is the key. If you can't get frame saver, motor oil can work in a pinch. Truth be told, road salt fscked up my Al frame more than my steel ones.
jaypee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-07, 10:40 AM   #6
1ply
Plays in Traffic
 
1ply's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Kitchener, Ontario
Bikes:
Posts: 484
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by jaypee
Frame saver is the key. If you can't get frame saver, motor oil can work in a pinch. Truth be told, road salt fscked up my Al frame more than my steel ones.
Oh Oh good to know - I'll have to check with mec if they have any of this stuff. Guess you spray inside the frame and hope for the best in spring?
1ply is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-07, 10:47 AM   #7
bonechilling
Run What 'Ya Brung
 
bonechilling's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 5,694
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Another cheap solution is boiled linseed oil, which I understand is basically what's inside the can of Frame Saver (sure smells the same). It's harder to get into the small holes of your frame, but it can be done with a funnel. I also use boiled linseed oil ask my spoke prep when I build wheels, and when I resashed the windows in my house, so it's fairly useful to have around.
bonechilling is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-07, 11:45 AM   #8
San Rensho 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 5,547
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
More important that frame saver is to drill a couple of big holes in the bottom of the bottom bracket so that water and condensation will drain out. As long as the bike lives inside, you won't have a problem.
__________________
Il faut de l'audace, encore de l'audace, toujours de l'audace

1980 3Rensho-- 1975 Raleigh Sprite 3spd
1990s Raleigh M20 MTB--2007 Windsor Hour (track)
1988 Ducati 750 F1
San Rensho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-07, 03:14 PM   #9
ahayter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Ottawa
Bikes: surly steamroller and a miyata one hundred
Posts: 98
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
get another ****ty frame and ride the **** out of it.
ahayter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-07, 04:01 PM   #10
trons
yo yo yo yo yo
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: delaware
Bikes:
Posts: 2,518
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
wipe it down when there's **** on it and it will be fine...
trons is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-07, 04:14 PM   #11
Az B
Fattest Thin Man
 
Az B's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Directly above the center of the earth
Bikes: Miyata 610, Vinco V, Rocky Mountain Element
Posts: 2,649
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Wow, I've never done a dang thing to my steel frame in 25 years and ride it in whatever weather happens to be available.

It still works. I guess selling my soul to the devil wasn't a waste of time after all.

Az
Az B is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-07, 08:50 PM   #12
SSSasky
Mo' Senior
 
SSSasky's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Ottawa, ON
Bikes: 1984 Norco Monterey SL (Ishwata 3X butted), matte black, 42-15 fixed
Posts: 371
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by 1ply
Oh Oh good to know - I'll have to check with mec if they have any of this stuff. Guess you spray inside the frame and hope for the best in spring?
I run the cycling dept at MEC in Ottawa. We don't carry framesaver. It is, in fact, extremely hard to find at all in Canada.

Thankfully, any general automotive store (I went to a really tiny Canadian Tire) should have about 5 other brands of the same thing (but 'for cars', for probably a lot less than what you'll pay for 'framesaver' ('for bikes'). Seems to work well. The stuff i bought even smells pretty good.
SSSasky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-07, 09:20 PM   #13
paule
Senior Member
 
paule's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Atlanta, GA
Bikes:
Posts: 201
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
By the time the winter hurts your frame you will be ready for a new one.
paule is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-13-07, 09:32 PM   #14
Tmax1
... .
 
Tmax1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: ...out there.
Bikes: IF, Litespeed, Bianchi, Fisher, Dahon, Schwinn, Burley
Posts: 452
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
...just don't stick your tongue on it.
Tmax1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:41 PM.