How To Prevent Rust in Your Bike Frame

While most bikes use titanium, graphite, or aluminum as the material for the frames, many still prefer the tough stature of steel.  Yes, it may not be as common nowadays, but there are still bike frames that are still made of high quality steel.  The only drawback with steel is that it is prone to rust unlike its titanium, graphite, and aluminum counterparts.  This makes a steel frame high maintenance.  Don’t worry.  There is an easy solution that you can do once a year in order to prevent the forming of rust on your frame.

  • Disassemble the bike.  The first step will require you to disassemble the bike in order to fully access the frame from every angle.  To do this, you will need to place your bike on a repair bar or stand.  Clamp it to secure the bike.

    When that is done, remove the brackets and cranks.  You may need to whip out your user’s manual for the bike in order to locate and properly take these out.  You may also look online for a step by step on this.  In any case, once these are removed, take out the seat by removing the entire post for it.  Take out the fork as well.  This will allow you complete access to the frame.

  • Oil it up.  For this part of the process, you will have a choice of Boeshield or WD-40.  Of course, there are other type of lubrications and oils that you can use for rust protection however, the 2 mentioned are probably your best options.  Well, it really boils down to your preference.  In any case, take your preferred lubrication and start spraying the frame.  The inside of the frame should be your focus as this is where the rust will form most of the time as the outer area of the frame probably has rust proofing already.  Now, the oil can only go so far inside.  On that note, you may want to have a can of compressed air.  Use that to spread the lube farther inside and all around.  You may have to rotate the bike itself in order for the oil to touch every part of the tube.  When that is done, allow about 30 minutes to an hour for the lubrication to dry out.
  • Reassemble the bike.  Once the lubrication is completely dry, you can now place the entire bike together.  However, make sure that you grease every part, the bike seat post, the cranks, and the brackets, before you reinstall them back in place.

    When disassembling and reassembling the bike, make sure that you should be extra careful.  Some of these parts as well as the tools you will be using to remove them have sharp points that could scratch off the rust proofing and paint on the exterior side of your frame. This can expose the outer side of your frame to rust.  If this happens, make sure to sand the chip and apply a layer of nail polish or paint.

This particular maintenance procedure should be accomplished at least once per year.  This is especially important if you normally ride in heavily wet and humid conditions. 


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