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Old 05-02-07, 02:12 PM   #1
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Is rust a problem?

I'm looking at a Fuji Touring as a road/touring bike. i believe it is a steel frame and i'm totally cool with that but i wondered- does that put it at greater risk for the frame rusting? I know it is painted but if i'm riding it i know it'll get rock chips, scratches, etc. over time. Is rust a major concern? anything i can do to lessen the risk of rust?
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By the time it becomes a concern you will no longer be HandsomeRyan. You will be AgingRyan, your kids will have gone off to college, and you will be in the market for a new bike to celebrate.

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Anything i can do to lessen the risk of rust?
Use a rust inhibitor on the inside of the frame. Keep your bike as clean and dry as you can.

On the other hand, see the first answer. If, by the time you are AgingRyan, your bike is in pristine condition, you'll have no excuse to buy a new bike!!

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I don't worry too much about rusting out. I may wear out before I rust out.

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Glucosamine
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External chips etc... are pretty much a zero problem. You might get a spot of rust, but nothing should really come of it. If you are really concerned just nail polish, wax, or crazy glue and chips.

There can be internal problems, particularly with insuficient drainage holes, but on a Fuji I would imagine they have it wired. I've never had my tubes treated on the inside and I can't see where that's been a problem.
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I'm looking at the surface rust on my wife's late 1980s schwinn (bought new when she was in high school), and all it really needs is some rust-o-leum to freeze it in time/space for the next 20 yrs. No risk to structural integrity that I can see. (it does make me wonder if I really need to worry about spraying framesaver into my new LHT; but then again, maybe the shop did that for her schwinn and that was the secret to its success, nobody knows anymore...)
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Maybe if you plan to do some ridiculous coastal route and are basically riding next to the ocean for 12 months, but otherwise not really. Winter is the real steel bike killer due to the moisture, salt and temperature fluctuations, but I assume thats not your plan.
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Hey, you still haven't bought that bike dude?? Anyway,the rust problem is an inside the frame problem. It can only be addressed PRIOR to the bike's assembly,which doesn't apply to you,unless the shop does it,already has been done or your able to do it with only partial disassembly. JPWeigle Frame saver Boeshield T9,Linseed oil or Liquid Wrench or many,many other lube/petrolium distallate based products.It ought NOT to be a concern anyway.If you use the bike often enough and take it out once in a while during winter to sort of dry-out..as opposed to leaving it in a damp basement for months at a time to collect condensation inside the tubes it should be fine.Waxing the outside is ..whatever..??...
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I'm looking at a Fuji Touring as a road/touring bike. i believe it is a steel frame and i'm totally cool with that but i wondered- does that put it at greater risk for the frame rusting? I know it is painted but if i'm riding it i know it'll get rock chips, scratches, etc. over time. Is rust a major concern? anything i can do to lessen the risk of rust?
Ryan, I am touring on a 20 year old road lug steel (Columbus Alloy) touring bike. Does that help?
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I think the additives are all added after the frame is assembled. The most likely to rust badly parts are in the heat affected zones and they are going to get so hot that no petroleum products would survive the experience. Also they would constitute a terrible source of contamination. All the interior surfaces are conceptually accessible trough the drainage and anti-blow out vents. One bad area for rust is in the BB. I used to use SS for all my BBs until I remembered how badly I heat distort it during welding! Now I just grease the interior surfaces during assembly.
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excelent.

old and new- My friend works part time at a bike shop and he is going to see if the owner can give me a better deal than just MSRP or whatever the shop charges people who walk in off the street. I'm ready for the new bike though. i love my old Fuji but its too small (i'm 6'2) and the handlebars/fork can not be tightened enough to keep it from wobbling when i use the front brake. it will become a trainer/stationary bike once the new hotness gets here.

Tom Stormcrowe- that makes me feel better. BTW, thanks again for sugesting AeroTech Designs bike clothes, i don't know how i ever rode without them!

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