How to prevent rust on vintage bike stored in shed

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Ayesha
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Re: How to prevent rust on vintage bike stored in shed

Postby Ayesha » 10 Nov 2011, 8:44am

Gearoidmuar wrote:WD40 was developed for that.

You don't need protection inside the frames if they're airtight, i.e. seatpost greased etc. Rusting cannot take place without a lot of oxygen


WD40 is also a good "Bolt loosener".

That stuff and bikes don't mix.

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quiksilver
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Re: How to prevent rust on vintage bike stored in shed

Postby quiksilver » 10 Nov 2011, 12:36pm

Smoother it in Vaseline and shrinkwrap it.

Gearoidmuar
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Re: How to prevent rust on vintage bike stored in shed

Postby Gearoidmuar » 11 Nov 2011, 7:19am

Ayesha wrote:
Gearoidmuar wrote:WD40 was developed for that.

You don't need protection inside the frames if they're airtight, i.e. seatpost greased etc. Rusting cannot take place without a lot of oxygen


WD40 is also a good "Bolt loosener".

That stuff and bikes don't mix.


If the bike is stored, how can the bolts loosen? Does WD40 have stored energy??
Naw!
It was developed to prevent intercontinental missiles in their silos from rusting. It also does it for intercontinenal bicycles.

Colin Jenkins
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Re: How to prevent rust on vintage bike stored in shed

Postby Colin Jenkins » 16 Nov 2011, 2:12pm

Try not to mothball your bike for the Winter, or it just won't get used! Spray the insides of the frame tubes with WD40 or ACF 50 next time you are doing any maintenance. Put a very light film on any exposed steel work in late Autumn, keep the chain nice and oily and just take the bike out for a ride any time you can during the dry days in Winter (the more the better) . In no time at all Spring will arrive and your bike will still be in good shape for riding. This has worked for me for many, many years and many bikes, and I've never suffered from corrosion, even with the ones that had to be parked outside.

Best regards,

Colin.

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Re: How to prevent rust on vintage bike stored in shed

Postby AlbionLass » 16 Nov 2011, 2:15pm

Do what I do, keep the bike in your bedroom, swathed in Egyptian cotton sheets.



:oops:

Ayesha
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Re: How to prevent rust on vintage bike stored in shed

Postby Ayesha » 16 Nov 2011, 2:33pm

AlbionLass wrote:Do what I do, keep the bike in your bedroom, swathed in Egyptian cotton sheets.



:oops:


The Egyptians gave us two things.

1/ The towel.

2/ The model airplane.

The Greeks gave us two things.

1/ Trigonometry.

2/ A good story book.

The Romans gave us two things.

1/ Central heating.

2/ Underwear.

geoffhillwalker
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Re: How to prevent rust on vintage bike stored in shed

Postby geoffhillwalker » 18 Nov 2011, 12:15pm

You can buy spray on or brush apply , a light greased based material from agriculture merchants, This is used to protect steel surfaces when not in use, like plough-shares. Sounds a bit extreme, but it works. Try your nearest John Deere tractor agency.