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Old 03-05-05, 03:36 PM
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My "Stainless Steel" locking Kryptonite Skewers are rusting!

My "Stainless Steel" locking Kryptonite Skewers are rusting! I can't believe it. I thought stainless didn't rust. They are THREE months old! WTF? Anyone else have this problem.

BTW, they have been taken off the Kryptonite web site. Anyone know why? This is too much...
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That's too bad.I would not expect that either. There are many grades of stainless, some contain a lot of iron some do not. It's very common to have stainless rust a little. I think the problem is many of the types without much iron are not as strong in some applications.

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a little bit of iron?
What do you think stainless steel is? (I mean the majority of it).

about the skewers... just rub it off with light steel wool or some light abraisive.. .its just surface.
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Originally Posted by 2manybikes
That's too bad.I would not expect that either. There are many grades of stainless, some contain iron some do not. It's very common to have stainless rust a little. I think the problem is many of the types without iron are not as strong in some applications.
I think by definition, steel contains iron. Stainless steel contains iron,but likely variable amounts of chromium.
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Is the shaft actually rusting, or is it just the end nuts? Because they're made of different materials in most skewers...
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Originally Posted by moxfyre
Is the shaft actually rusting, or is it just the end nuts? Because they're made of different materials in most skewers...
I haven't taken them off to check. Although in the second photo you can see rust on the tip of the shaft.
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I think to be true stainless you have to have a certain percentage of chromium like sydney said. Some will rust, its just more difficult. I couldnt tell you the percentage off the top of my head though
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The skewers should be stainless, the rest, carbon steel. Steel is made from refined iron ore mixed with carbon and other elements to give it certain qualities. High carbon steel is strong, good for sharp tools and knives, but can be brittle. It tends to break rather than bend. Low carbon steel is better for things that need to be strong, yet have some flex to them. Like a crowbar. Fine steel wool and a light oil (even vegetable oil) will take off the surface rust. It's nothing to worry about, unless the skewer itself is rusted.
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They call it Stainless, not Neverstainatall. All stainless "rusts". Keep it clean with some steel wool s it bother you.
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Originally Posted by Ziemas
BTW, they have been taken off the Kryptonite web site. Anyone know why? This is too much...
They're discontinued. Whoever was making them for kryponite couldn't keep up with demand, so they decided to just do away with them. or so a J&B rep told me.
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I superglue or epoxy a ball bearing inside the head of allen head skewers, makes me a feel a little safer.
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Originally Posted by Ebbtide
They call it Stainless, not Neverstainatall. All stainless "rusts". Keep it clean with some steel wool s it bother you.
Uh, the suffex -less means without; toothless- without teeth, moneyless- with money, etc, etc, etc.

I was taking stainless to mean without stains or rust. It's still pretty surprising after only 3 months...
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Originally Posted by Ebbtide
They call it Stainless, not Neverstainatall. All stainless "rusts". Keep it clean with some steel wool s it bother you.

Antics with semantics. Stainless could be taken to mean "Without stain". Wrinkless dress slacks, touchless car washes, and homeless or jobless people. For the last two, I hope it means "Without" and not "Never". I'll shut up now. Ti skewers, aluminum levers. Problem solved.
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Originally Posted by luke.harrison
I superglue or epoxy a ball bearing inside the head of allen head skewers, makes me a feel a little safer.
What do you do when you get a flat?
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Originally Posted by Expatriate
Ti skewers, aluminum levers. Problem solved.
It would solve the rust problem, but I'm more worried about having my wheels stolen.
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Originally Posted by dafydd
They're discontinued. Whoever was making them for kryponite couldn't keep up with demand, so they decided to just do away with them. or so a J&B rep told me.
What...? They were selling so well that they decided to stop making them????
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Originally Posted by dafydd
They're discontinued. Whoever was making them for kryponite couldn't keep up with demand, so they decided to just do away with them. or so a J&B rep told me.
I find it hard to believe a company would stop selling a product because demand was too high! It sort of goes against the fundamental reason to be in business.

Generally there are two proper responses to high demand. Either set up more production or raise the price.
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It would solve the rust problem, but I'm more worried about having my wheels stolen.
I had some Ti ones that take a 5m allen key. That would have done the trick. Can't you just lock your wheel up?
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Originally Posted by Expatriate
I had some Ti ones that take a 5m allen key. That would have done the trick. Can you just lock your wheel up?
I got cromo skewers that take a 5mm allen key from Nashbar for $8. I mean, they're not rustproof, but grease 'em up an hey, only $8. I think the thieves around here may carry allen keys, however, and I'm not eager to find out.
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If someone is carrying around a 5mm allen key, they're determined to steal from you. Otherwise, those skewers are a good way to deter the opportunist. I'd prefer to either lock the front wheel with a long cable, or remove the wheel, and lock it all up from the back wheel/rear triangle. Doesn't really matter what you do though, if someone wants your bike they'll get it.

I don't know what the weather is like in Latvia, but that may be contributing to the surface rust. It's been really hot and humid here, and some tools that I left on my workbench developed a bit of surface rust. Wiped right off though.
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Originally Posted by Expatriate
I had some Ti ones that take a 5m allen key. That would have done the trick. Can't you just lock your wheel up?
My job dictates that I travel all over the city. I have a regular weekly schudule, thus I leave my bike in the same place for several hours, several times a week. I really don't want to risk it. In many years of cycling I've never had anything stolen, I don't want to start now.

Traffic signal posts are my locking place of choice. To lock both wheels I would need to either take the front wheel off or buy a 175cm chain. A 175 chain is really heavy.

BTW I see you are in Australia. What a great place for cycling! I really liked Tilba Tilba.
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Originally Posted by Expatriate
I don't know what the weather is like in Latvia, but that may be contributing to the surface rust. It's been really hot and humid here, and some tools that I left on my workbench developed a bit of surface rust. Wiped right off though.
You're on to something there. It's really wet. This year the city counsel has decided to do something about the ice skating rinks that we refer to as roads, hence a really salty, wet ride.
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That is just surface rust. Take a piece of very fine sandpaper, wipe off. Steel wool will work just as well, so should a scotchbrite sponge.
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Originally Posted by Ziemas
What do you do when you get a flat?
I pry out teh bearing with my knife..
Its not theftproof but it'll at least make em think twice.
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