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Old 10-01-18, 04:34 PM
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Preventing salt damage near the ocean

I have lived in Ontario for many years with no bike maintenance issues but now i live in an endless summer on the Pacific Ocean. I am finding my bike is suffering in some ways such as the spoke paint is peeling and some areas rust /corrode (most are fine as its a carbon fiber race bike but there are a few parts that have issues). The bike is in the house however the doors to the ocean are open all day
Does anyone have any tips on keeping a bike in top shape while living close to the ocean?
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Old 10-01-18, 04:36 PM
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I find using auto wax on parts and the frame help keep the salt air off thing .
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Cover your bike to protect against the ocean air that's coming into your house, this will help a little. Waxing or any type of auto cleaner/protectant works well but a real PITA on all the little parts and crevices on a bike. A quick spray with fresh water from the hose once a month helps to keep the salt from doing it's corrosion thing. I live about 1/2 mile from the Pacific and keep my bike indoors with no problems but some of my neighbors leave theirs outside and have a pile of rust within about a year.
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I grew up in bike shops in the rust belt (the Great Lakes area) and owned a shop in Cleveland (which has a road salt mine just off shore under Lake Erie). But never saw so much rust as when I worked in Raleigh, NC. The vacation bikes stored on the Outer Banks would be driven back home and we would just shake our heads at the posts, stems, BBs that were frozen in place. Andy
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generous spraying of t9 or acf50 on everything. even the paint
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Originally Posted by reptilezs View Post
generous spraying of t9 or acf50 on everything. even the paint
And accepting the mess this will collect over time. Andy
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Originally Posted by reptilezs View Post
generous spraying of t9 or acf50 on everything. even the paint
No,


Per the Boeshield website, they list these items to use T-9. Great stuff. We use both products in aviation a lot, and I personally use the T-9 on exposed aluminum and metal on boat. but painted surfaces? No.
Use T-9 on:
  • Drive Chains
  • Derailleurs
  • Control Cables
  • Brake Cables
  • Shift Cables
  • Caliper Pivots
  • Pedal Pivots
  • Seat Posts
  • Spoke Nipples
  • Inside Frames
Reaches deeper. T-9 stays liquid long enough to permeate metal crevices and seep deep inside assembled components to leave a durable protective coating that lubricates and protects—all without dismantling your equipment.

Completely waterproof. T-9 dries to a clean, waxy, waterproof film that won’t wash off in rain, puddles or mud. You can rinse away sand, dust and grime with water, while leaving the lubricant intact.



ACF 50.. slightly different but same general properties...FACTS ABOUT ACF-50
  • MIL SPEC 81309 TYPE II AND III APPROVALS which means ACF-50 is approved for ferrous and nonferrous metals, electrical systems and electronic components.
  • CHEMICALLY NEUTRALISES corrosive environmental effects, including de-ice spray.
  • EASILY APPLIED non-drying, ultra-thin, clear film.
  • CONTAINS NO WATER,SILICON,TEFLON OR WAX no sticky build up, no risk of existing corrosion being sealed in and no risk of water remaining where it will cause corrosion and damage, even on electrics.
  • ‘ACTIVE’ which means that it ‘creeps’ and ‘keeps on working’.
  • DOESN’T NEED REAPPLYING ACF-50 will last up to 24 months, flight after flight after flight.
  • ECONOMICAL - 95% Product – a little goes a long way - lasts ages.
  • SAFE TO USE ANYWHERE ON THE AIRCRAFT, FIXED OR ROTARY ideally misted into voids or applied directly into electrical joints and components where it will prevent corrosion induced failures.
  • MAINTAINS THE ASTHETIC of the aircraft.
  • LIGHT LUBRICANT & PENETRANT.
  • All Year Round SERVICE SPRAY.
  • AS CLOSE TO ZERO CORROSION AS NATURE WILL ALLOW!
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Would T-9 be a good freewheel lube for winter use?
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Thanks everyone - will have to see if i can find these products here
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When the Intracoastal overflows the roadway several times a year and I have to ride through salt water I wash the bike w/ Simple Green, followed by WD-40. That does a decent job.

For the OP problem of salt air, I use Salt Away on my boat. It does a great job of rendering surface salt inert.
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Fluid Film. That's all you need.

https://www.fluid-film.com/about/
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