Imagine pedaling quickly, alongside fast moving traffic and, suddenly, your bike frame gives out. Just consider how devastating the outcome could be if a rusted bolt fell loose and the tire fell free from the bike frame or if the rusted extension of the pedal suddenly broke and there was nothing for your foot to press on. While it may be a rare occurrence, it is not impossible and it has happened.
People make the mistake of believing that rust is an inevitable and insignificant occurrence. The truth is, however, that the process that creates rust weakens the metal frame – whether it is a bike, car, or double-decker bus. A weak frame in a Tampa auto accident can equate to less protection for the passengers within. On a bike, it can mean serious malfunction.
In order to stop the rusting process on a bicycle, one has to understand it. When metal is subjected to corrosive debris and air for extended periods of time, the dingy red color will appear. That corrosive material can come in the form of rainwater, ice melting salt, or dirt, along with many other environmental factors.
In order to prevent the spread of rust, it is important to act fast, as soon as the smallest spot is noted. This area should be sanded thoroughly to remove the blemish. Once present, rust can spread quickly. However, if the problem is removed, the problem is quelled, temporarily. In order to keep it from returning, the area must be sealed. This can be done with touch-up paint purchased from any auto parts retailer or very simply with a dab of nail polish. If you can’t match the color exactly, then a clear polish can seal the area without drawing unnecessary attention to the blemish. This blocks out the air and defends against water damage.
There are areas of a bike that are more susceptible to rust, due to the fact that they cannot be easily sealed. Chains and gears should be regularly cleaned and treated with WD-40. The grease will keep things operating smoothly and also defend against the oxidation that causes rust.
A little love and care can keep your bicycle in tip-top shape and ready for many more miles of riding. It can also help prevent a serious accident and potential lawsuits.