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Old 10-18-21, 07:09 PM
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Cycle care on the Florida Coast.

I知 blessed to have a winter home in Jensen Beach, Florida, and I値l be taking my bike there for the winter. Any tips to try to make the bike more sea and salt resistance? I値l be going up and down A1A which is right on the coast.
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Old 10-18-21, 07:33 PM
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I live on Long Island... about 1/2 mile from the Great South Bay and 5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean.... Never had an issue with sea/salt, but then my bikes are carbon and alloy parts.
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I live about 8 miles west of A1A a bit north of you. Been down here almost 6 years with no issues with my 2 steel bikes that have been with me that long. My 3rd that I picked up about a month ago, the guy lived about a mile from A1A and no apparent issues with that bike. I believe the key to not having the salt being an issue is to keep your rides inside. Also a complete wipe down every now and again.


[edit to add] My brothers department store bikes that are kept outside were trashed in less than a year. Far more than bikes kept outside when I was up north.

[double edit to correct my Rand McNally screw up]

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Old 10-18-21, 08:15 PM
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If you're near the water, store the bike inside if you can. We have a few old bikes on the screen porch of our beach house and they rust out just sitting there. But I don't know of anyone who has problems just riding near the water.
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Old 10-18-21, 11:25 PM
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I've lived on a few coasts: NY, especially Long Island; Georgia; Texas; Southern California; and Florida.

By far, Florida was the most corrosive environment.

I never needed to do anything special with my bikes in SoCal or NY. But on the Florida Gulf Coast the combination of relentless humidity and salt air made even my stainless steel and aluminum fishing gear rust and oxidation incredibly quickly, even when I rinsed them in fresh water after every use. Everything I saw in that area showed evidence of rot from humidity and salinity. I didn't have a bike there but I'd expect it to need as much routine cleaning and maintenance as cars and fishing gear.

Regarding the simplest spray-on type lube/protectant, the best I tried in the 1990s was Birchwood-Casey Sheath. It was mostly sold for the firearms market but works on any metal. The name has been changed to something else but it's still the same stuff. It's a polarized protectant, so it spreads to all contiguous metal surfaces to reach beyond where it's sprayed externally. I tested it against several other similar products (including old fashioned RIG -- rust inhibiting grease -- similar to cosmoline), various lubes containing PTFE/Teflon, etc. Sheath consistently outperformed those in outdoor tests on a covered patio and in a shower on identical pieces of blued carbon steel.

There might be a few delicate items that wouldn't be suitable for that spray, but I can't think of anything on a bike that would be harmed by it.
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Old 10-19-21, 12:41 PM
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sounds great! good problems to have!

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Florida is one of those places with really high humidity. So if you want something to dry quickly so there is less chance of rusting from just being wet after you wash the bike or ride in rain, then put it in front of a box fan to keep the air circulating till it's dry.

I put my bike shoes in front of the fan too when they get wet in the rain and they are completely dry and ready for another ride in half a day or so.
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On the Florida coast, your bike will be stolen LONG before there are corrosion problems.
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My sister lives in Satellite Beach, just north of you, and they have never had an issue with their bikes.

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Old 10-19-21, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Hasek View Post
I live about 8 miles east of A1A a bit north of you...
I'm assuming you meant 8 miles west of A1A. 8 miles east of A1A, and you would be at the bottom of the ocean.
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Originally Posted by Bassmanbob View Post
I'm assuming you meant 8 miles west of A1A. 8 miles east of A1A, and you would be at the bottom of the ocean.

Ummm....errrr, yup.
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Old 10-19-21, 06:50 PM
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Originally Posted by Dudelsack View Post
I知 blessed to have a winter home in Jensen Beach, Florida, and I値l be taking my bike there for the winter. Any tips to try to make the bike more sea and salt resistance? I値l be going up and down A1A which is right on the coast.
Hello neighbor!!! I ride Hutchinson Island almost every Saturday morning, but I live on the main land, just west of Savannah Road. If you live on Hutchinson Island I would consider giving your bike a bath once a week. I agree with jon c who suggested leaving the bike inside if you are on the ocean (or Hutchinson Island). Things tend to corrode more quickly on the island than they do as you go more inland. I have one CF bike and two steel bikes that are stored in my garage. My two steel bikes are four and six years old with no problems. They get cleaned a few times a year, but again, I'm about two miles from the ocean as the crow flies.

Feel free to contact me about group rides and the better bike shops in our area. Treasure Coast Cycling Association rides out of Stuart Beach every Saturday morning at 7:15AM. They ride up to the Ft. Pierce jetty and back (about 38 miles round trip). There are other rides for them and some of the bike shops as well.
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Old 10-19-21, 06:53 PM
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Originally Posted by CrimsonEclipse View Post
On the Florida coast, your bike will be stolen LONG before there are corrosion problems.
No place is 100% safe, but I have not heard stories of this on the Treasure Coast. That being said, I do lock my bike if I leave it unattended.
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Park inside as already stated and minimize sand exposure. Wind driven sand is a given but riding through it will increase your maintenance time and cost.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
I've lived on a few coasts: NY, especially Long Island; Georgia; Texas; Southern California; and Florida.

By far, Florida was the most corrosive environment.
Yeah, but what about his bike?
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Old 10-21-21, 12:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Maelochs View Post
Yeah, but what about his bike?
Yeah, that too. Pensacola was more like Baja Alabama than Florida. Anything called a "panhandle" is bound to be an unwanted stepchild that should be split off into its own state.
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Full fenders if you're going to ride on the beach even if you only ride the dry parts or sand dunes. That sand has salt and gets kicked up by the tires and and can get all over your bike if you don't have full fenders.
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I'm assuming you meant 8 miles west of A1A. 8 miles east of A1A, and you would be at the bottom of the ocean.
otherwise known as bikini bottom
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otherwise known as bikini bottom
And you could live in a pineapple!
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