A new FAQ posted to Co-Motion’s website is must read for all of the Toxic Avengers out there who sweat buckets of salt laden perspiration onto their frames.
When is your bike most vulnerable to rust? Here’s how to prevent corrosion problems
Summertime is the time most of look forward to great weather, long rides, and minimal bike maintenance. After all, the cold and wet of winter presents the roughest conditions for bicycles, right? Actually, no. Water in itself is not a problem. The leading cause of corrosion on bicycle frames is perspiration.
We have a few friends who qualify for Toxic Avenger status and as many times as we’ve strongly suggested they hose off their tandems after summer rides and give them a good soapy washing on a regular basis, we invariably find tell tale signs that their sweat-soaked frames and components are falling victim to corrosion.
These silent killers often go unnoticed until something on the bike needs maintenance and disassembly becomes a challenge due to parts being corroded in place.
Anyway, as I said, the new Co-Motion FAQ on corrosion is one of the best, non-nonsense things I’ve read when it comes to frame care. If you missed the link at the top of this entry, you can click HERE to go to the FAQ.