Cyclist- Bike 'n a half
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Orlando, FL
Bikes: Custom S & S Bushnell Tandem, Eddy Merckx Ti
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Glad to see they took good care of you.
You were smart to have it looked at before it got too bad.
I live in Florida also, work in the boating industry and fished offshore before getting hooked (pun un-ashamedly intended) on cycling.
No matter how hard you try to avoid it, there is always the occasion when corrosion is able to sneak its way into your protective barrier.
Oxidation in a small area, for a short period of time is nothing to be afraid of. It can be fixed and the integrity of the material will not be compromised by any measurable amount. Left untreated though, more severe pitting and eventual failure can become almost certain.
With regard to the color thing, it's my understanding that bikes with a metallic gold to light blue fade are generally a very fast bike to have, but no matter what color the bike and how hard you train, there is always some other bike, of some indeterminate color, that is still just a little bit faster.