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Protecting bicycle from sea/salty water

I'm using my bike to commute between my work and home (~10km). In the middle of my trip I have to use a ferry and have to put my bike on the deck. Within 2 weeks of the trip I could see my cassette ...
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Can rusting of chain be slowed?

I have been using a silicone spray on my chain, but it isn't long before it rusts. Anything better? What about about Squirt Long Lasting Dry Chain Lube ? Thanks.
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My fork stem is rusted - should I replace the forks?

This is my first post on here. I will try to be as specific as possible, but I'm also new to bike maintenance, so apologies for any wrong terminology. I have a Giant ATX 2 from 2017, bought second-...
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Is this cone nut in proper condition?

This is the original cone nut of a new coaster brake hub I bought recently. I didn't install it yet, it's new. What bothers me are those weird stains / corrosion signs on the bearing surface. It ...
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Is this bike salvageable?

I have an old Peugeot Vagabond. It's been sitting out in the New Mexico weather for more than a few years. I'm wondering if it's worth trying to fix up, or if I should just go get a new bike? I tried ...
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Bicycle left outside for over a year. Possible to save?

Two years ago I was knocked off my bicycle by a car and was too scared to cycle for a long time, and left my bicycle outside uncovered for over a year. That was a mistake. Now, WD-40 applied to the ...
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Rusting trailer hitch

After a few months of usage, this new trailer hitch looks as in the picture below: The black is removed and the hitch started rusting. Can I still fix this? What could I have done better? Just wipe ...
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Chains and casette are rusty

I used to live in Australia where rain is scarce. I've recently moved to SEA where it rains almost everyday in the past month. Hence, the road conditions are less favorable as they are always damp ...
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How do I remove my bicycle handlebars that are connected by a single rusted bolt?

I'm trying to remove the HANDLEBARS from the stem of my bike and the handlebars are put into the stem and secured with a bolt. However, the bolt is rusted and will not budge no matter how hard I go at ...
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Replacing bolt and nut

I want to change my bolt because it is rusty. I am concerned that something bad will happen if I remove the bolt completely. Can someone please tell me if it is okay to remove this bolt completely? ...
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Freewheel in vinegar

I'm renovating an older bike. I took the 6 speed freewheel (Shimano mf-tz20) off because it was rusty, disassembled, chucked the parts in vinegar overnight. The rust came off, but so did the goldish ...
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Left outside for over a year, what to do to get it ride-worthy?

I've got a cheapy cruiser (6 speed?) from Walmart that's been sitting on a bike rack in Minnesota for well over a year. There's rust all over the place and the most maintenance I've ever done on a ...
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Non-rusting D-Locks

I use a D-Lock to secure my bike (along with other locks.) But every lock I've had has developed rust in the prongs and lock mechanism, that is messy and eventually seizes up. The problem can be ...
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Suggestions for removal of old chrome?

I'm redoing an old BMX-style handlebar, but its been treated badly and there is rust under a lot of the chrome. Its not saveable, so what is the best way to remove the chrome so I can treat the rust?...
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Should I remove unused screws from my frame?

Is it a bad practice to remove all the unused screws from my frame (i.e. for the mudguards, front/back racks)? Could rust be an issue? Even if the holes for the screw do not expose the inside of the ...
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Clear coat on top of old paint in order to preserve it/frame?

Using nail polish to touch-up scratched/rusted frames is more or less well-known (cf. Girls Biking to Work), but recently a hobbyist restorer of old bikes told me that you can "just apply clear coat ...
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Can this bike be saved from the rust?

So, I'm buying a bike to use during a summer before I go back home. I found this bike that I'm interested in buying however it's extremely rusty. I'd like opinions on whether this is a DIY clean up, ...
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Is it OK to leave my bicycle unlubricated for a day after a hose-down?

I just cleaned my bike with low pressure water but I don't have any lubricant. I left it to dry in my basement with the window left open. Is there any chance my bike will malfunction or rust before ...
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Can an aluminium frame rust from the inside if water has been in it for some time?

My bike has been sitting out in the open for a few months due to lack of space. When I finally decided to strip it down and bring it inside, a lot of water came out of the frame. It could have been ...
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Pitted rust on frame [duplicate]

Hello I have some small pitts of rust on my 1980 Raleigh royal frame. I don't want to strip the paint and sand blast it are there any non invasive treatments? Some of the chrome surfaces also appear ...
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Rusty Front Derailleur – Replace or Repair?

My front derailleur has stopped shifting. Have a look at that rusty spring. Is it worth trying to fix, or should I just replace it?
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Rear sprockets not turning easily

I recently bought a women's Schwinn "Clear Creek" 18-speed mountain bike at a yard sale. The rear derailleur is broken, and the rear sprockets are rusty and don't turn easily against the wheel. I ...
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Are rusty disc brake pads a worry?

I'm the fool who didn't wash the snow off his bike - it's a rusty mess. I've just taken apart the front disc brake as it was rubbing. I think that was more to do with the disc being bent, but as I ...
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Is my bike getting ruined?

I have a 2015 Giant Trance that is about 3 weeks old. Used pretty much every weekend. It's kept in a shed (fully covered, no insulation just a regular shed), after every ride I give it a nice clean ...
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Linseed oil application to the inside of a steel frame

Is the application of linseed oil to the inside of a steel frame still recognized as a good way to prevent the formation of rust on the inside of the frame?
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SRAM Rival brake caliper screws/bolts are rusty, how to replace?

I have a full SRAM Rival groupset from 2011. Having used it in humid and rainy places for a while, most of the parts are OK, but the small button-head screws (or bolts?) in the QR pivot for the brake ...
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What type chain lube should you use in a sand and salt water enviroment?

I rent bikes in remote beach locations. What lubrication will reduce rust and sand accumulation?
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Old Kalkoff cross bike, worth restoring or not?

I just acquired a used 21 gear old Kalkoff cross bike (cant even find correct model name). The frame and most expensive parts seem intact, so I was just wondering if it would be cool and inexpensive ...
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How to remove completely stuck saddle post from frame [duplicate]

I am helping a friend fix his bike that he got for free. Everything went well, except that I cant raise the saddle. The seatpost is really stuck in the frame. The clamp was easily removed. When I ...
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I need help to identify this bike

This is my mother in law's bicycle from when she was a child. While cleaning out a lean-to on the back forty I found this bike inside. I was hoping to give her a bike that is identical to hers that ...
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Restoring the original color of metal and chainrings

I bought a used bike and I want to pimp it up and make it cleaner. I found rust on the chainrings and I would like 1- to remove it and 2- get the original color of the metal back. How to do that? Here ...
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What happens when a bike has not had maintenance for a long time?

I recently traded my Kent BMX bike I got from Wal-Mart: for a Ross road bike ). My friend tells me the bike sat in his back yard collecting rust, I see it has rust on the chain, the gears, brake ...
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Is there any advantage to removing rust?

I mean a functional, noncosmetic, advantage. If I left the rust that was already there, would it weaken the parts? If it would cause more damage to some parts, which ones?
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How to remove rust from unpainted parts?

I would like to remove rust from some old parts such as cassette, bolts, and nuts. Most of the rust is just surface rust, and I would think there would be a good technique for doing this. Besides ...
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How can I determine whether rust has made my bike unsafe?

I ride a 1972 steel frame bike year round through Canadian winters. When I got the bike it was in good shape, but after putting a few thousand km worth of commuting on it, it has a lot of scratches ...
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I live in a place where it frequently floods. How can I keep my chain from rusting?

My poor bike's chain lasted all of three months before it gave in to the winter floods where I live. Storing it indoors is not an option, and despite my maintenance efforts, the knee-deep floods that ...
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Protecting beater bicycle from scratches and rust

I have a beater commuter steel bicycle that is subject to all kinds of weather, abuse and a lots of scratches. Several hot-spots on the frame have appeared over the time where most of the damages and ...
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Rust proof or not the outside of a steel steerer column beneath the stem

I have a new steel frame which I am building up. I intend to rust proof this first by using Waxoyl made by Hammerite which I will use on the inside of the frame and forks. Should I use this on the ...
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Preventing rust in bolt heads

I have several bikes and use them more and more in bad weather. I have no problem with rust on the chain, but I am seeing little bits of rust in the various hex bolt heads on the bike. What can I use ...
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Badly rusted suspension fork

I have a $300 MTB used for commuting. It has been three years now, and the rain and snow have said their word. Two weeks ago I disassembled the fork and spent a good one hour with the sandpaper, ...
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Would silica gel inside my bike frame be effective in preventing corrosion?

I ride my bike in all weathers, and I'm concerned over the possibility of rust forming inside the frame and going undetected. I can't easily obtain FrameSaver or the like, so I'm thinking of dropping ...
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Can missing cage mount screws cause the frame to rust?

I have a Cube Analog Disc 2012 bike, and recently discovered that I have no screws inserted in the bottle cage mounts. Is it possible for rust to form in this area? Also, is it possible for the water ...
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Should I Get the Paint Job Touched Up

My wife's bike recently got scraped up and the paint got scratched down to the frame. It's an alloy frame. Should she be concerned about rust or any kind of damage? If so, do we need to get it ...
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Where can I buy Framesaver in Canada?

My LBS has told me they're unable to order Framesaver due to difficulties shipping aerosol canisters across the border. Are there any reputable retailers (either online or in the Greater Toronto Area) ...
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Can my bike be recovered from the rust monster?

First question here, and please note that I am a total bike virgin, other than the fact I can (just about) ride one. Last year I bought a Felt Q520 (I think) the 2009 model, secondhand that had been ...
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Should I oil my seat post?

In a previous question I asked how to remove rust from my seat tube/post. In the comments of one answer somebody said I should be oiling my seat post to prevent it from rusting into my seat tube, but ...
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How do I remove rust from my seat tube?

I just pulled my seat out as the first step of breaking my bike down for winter storage, and found that rust has formed between my seat tube and my seat post. The rust starts maybe 3" down the tube ...
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Are rusting screws a sign of cheap/bad material?

I noticed rusting screws at a ~ 1 year old bike and rusting screws at another bike after a few months, where the screws were part of a replacement (front gear ring package). Both bikes were usually ...
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Removing surface rust from my Eggbeater pedals?

So I did a couple of wet rides last month, and I guess I didn't dry the pedals as well as I should have. I have Crank Brothers Eggbeater pedals, and I noticed a bit of surface rust on them that I'd ...
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Dealing with rust on a steel frame

I have a small spot of rust on the bottom side of my steel frame's top tube (Columbus Niobium tubing). It's from abrasion during transport that I didn't notice until it was too late. The spot is ...