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Old 11-02-04, 12:03 PM
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Components and rain

Though I haven't tried, I am contemplating on commuting even when it rains. My bike frame is Ti so no problem there. Now as far as components are concerned, do any Ultegra parts have pieces that are susceptible to malfunctioning/rusting/weakening after a wet ride? Of course, I will do my best to dry every item attached to the bike frame back to where it was before the wet ride. I am most concerned about what's behind/inside the brake/shifter levers. I need someone to shed some light on this. Thanks.
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You won't have any problems. The less you mess with STIs the better. If you start adding oil they will just gum-up.
All you need to do is lube the chain.
The derailleur and brake pivots need a little lube after heavy rain.
Most commuters dont even bother to dry their bikes.
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i have a similar question, but different

my rain commuter is a shogun i built up with full shimano 600. (the cool looking 600) the quick release on the brakes has rust on it, any recommendations on how to keep the chrome bits from rusting further?

for the bits on the brakes i was thinking of removing the rust, then using black touch up paint to try and keep it from rusting further...or should i just leave them alone and let em rust?
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Thanks for the reply, MichaelW.
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I have a similar problem in my late 80's DiaCompe Royal Compe II brakes. From time to time, I just spray it with WD-40, using the included red tube.
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I have found that bike components are really quite durable and commute in the rain all the time. Just keep the chain clean and lubed and you should have no problems.
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Any concerns or precautions with a 631 steel frame?
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"After powder coating, every frame is treated internally to prevent corrosion with an industrial strength rust inhibitor spray. This treatment can dramatically extend the life of your frame. We recommend retreating the inside of your frame every couple of years." - Brent Steelman of Steelman Cycles, of his frames.

So... what is this "industrial strength rust inhibitor?"
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Probably "frame Saver":
http://www.schwabcycles.com/cgi/wc.d...og~DETAIL~1697
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Paint will protect the outside of the tube, but a few coats of car wax (or furniture polish) won't do any harm. I use wax as a rust protector for non-moving parts like cables and bolt heads.
Framesaver is the best thing for inside quality steel frames. On my beater, I just spray WD 40 and it seems to work, but this doesnt mix with framseaver, or with some bottom bracket cartridges (the ones with replaceable bearings).
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