Join Date: May 2005
Location: Montreal, Canada
Bikes: 2003 KHS F20-Westwood folding & enough parts to make several more bikes...
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Originally Posted by Frith
I've heard linseed oil, available in most hardware stores and big box stores, makes a great frame saver. If you google linseed oil and framesaver I'm sure you'll come up with lots of comments on how to apply it etc.
Yep! Did this on my most recent bike - though I only have 100 miles on it so far mostly in dry weather.
Boiled Linseed oil - used as a wood finish normally. Apply to the inside of CrMo frame tubing using a plant misting sprayer. (the type you turn the nozzle to change from jet to spray). Don't over-do it or it'll be leaking out of your frame for weeks. You just need a light coat, then rotate the frame to all angles to ensure everything's covered - then drain out any excess.
It dries to the consistency of a brick of parmesan cheese. (hard, plasticy)
NOTE: this is designed as a physical moisture barrier. The other option is to chemically alter the surface using other products. I choose Linseed because Frame-Saver wasn't available to me, it was inexpensive, non-toxic, easy to apply and I'd heard good things about it.
I'll submit a long term report on the frame as I put more miles on it. (it's a folding bike so the inside of the tubes are easy to inspect.)
BTW: my last bike was a CrMo tourer. I didn't put anything in it's tubes and when I inspected it after over a decade of use - ridden hard, put away wet, rode all year on salt-encrusted, snow covered roads - there was little to no rust - just some light "rust dust."
I really don't think CrMo has much of a problem with rust for the most part. The sprays just add a level of insurance.
Last edited by af895; 10-15-05 at 06:47 PM.