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    Leaving a steel bike outside

    Is this okay? I live in sunny Southern California and I'm about to buy a steel framed bike. Is it okay to leave it outside even when it rains? I had an aluminum frame before this so I never worried about it. I used a poncho to cover my last bike but it'd only be the saddle and 2/3rds of the rear.

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    lolzers, you are teh n00b. bikes don't like being left outside. they'll eat your babies out of revenge.

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    I wouldn't leave any bike outside all of the time, but a steel bike left out in the rain on occasion won't see any meaningful damage. And in Southern California, you have so little to worry about. Think of all the steel bikes in a city like Portland or Seattle, or the bikes ridden through the snow all through the North and Northeast. As long as you're smart, you'll have no problem.

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    aslong as you're not real close to the ocean you're ok

    ocean = water + salt = bad ... lots of rust by the coastline

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    I wouldn't worry about it. It only rains 4 times a year in Pasadena.

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    Quote Originally Posted by furiousbob View Post
    Is this okay? I live in sunny Southern California and I'm about to buy a steel framed bike. Is it okay to leave it outside even when it rains? I had an aluminum frame before this so I never worried about it. I used a poncho to cover my last bike but it'd only be the saddle and 2/3rds of the rear.
    Don't leave bikes outside, especially steel bikes.
    Mes compaingnons cui j'amoie et cui j'aim,... Me di, chanson.

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    Well I don't have much of a choice but I figured the rain poncho would help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by furiousbob View Post
    Well I don't have much of a choice but I figured the rain poncho would help.
    Why? Are you homeless?

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    rust proof the internal frame with that tar stuff in the spray can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikerfox View Post
    Why? Are you homeless?
    No, because my landlord doesn't allow bikes in the house. I live in a room under his house so I don't have much of a choice.

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    LOL @ bikerfox
    not a 2ksuck'r

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    oookay then.

    End of Thread.

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    is there ever morning dew in california? that could be bad news.

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    Quote Originally Posted by furiousbob View Post
    No, because my landlord doesn't allow bikes in the house. I live in a room under his house so I don't have much of a choice.
    That sounds ridiculous. Appears you need to find a new place to live.

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    Been looking actually.

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    If you are concerned about rust, they require some maintenance if you have chips in the paint and the like. Steal is not as carefree as aluminum is.

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