How can I keep road salt from eating the steel parts of my bicycle?
Does anybody have any ideas on how to keep road salt from eating the steel parts of my bicycle in winter?
This is especially a problem with my chrome rims and spokes.
Of course, I have tried waxing with good auto wax, but that was useless.
I also tried to spray parts with a good clear enamel, but the enamel dulls, gets "milky", and even chips off by spring.
Any other ideas?
to protect from salt try any or all of the following:
--Rinse,wash or wipe down your bike after every ride, (drip water from above to avoid squirtng into bearings)
--lube/grease both the surface of all parts and threads where "inserted" or attached to the bike and the bike itself at all contact points; i.e. the seat tube and seat post. It's a good idea to grease all (bolt and nut)threads and contact points except the Bottom Bracket Spindle flats, Crankarm flats and braking surfaces.
--check regularly for paint scratches and chips and "touch up" as soon as possible
---Coat the inside of the frame with some type of rust retardent, remover or or barrier- even WD-40!, (I don't know how long WD-40 will last though), it will purge the water. There is some aerosol stuff made specifically for bicyles, it's a name like Weigle, Whitter etc, your local bike shop probably knows about it. You might try a car engine storage spray, it's used to coat the insides for long term storage to prevent rust.
-- find and old cheap "trashmo" to ride in junk weather
[Edited by pat5319 on 10-18-2000 at 01:18 AM]