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    Default Biking on the beach-Best rust protection

    Good afternoon

    I'd like to take my bike (in my boat) out to Padre Island and bike on the beach. This presents multiple challenges but the one of concern today is how to best prevent my steel bike frame from rusting. My particular concern is inside the steel tubes.

    I've done my research and it looks like Corrosion X is the winner. It's available on Amazon. I was leaning towards Boeshield prior to reading these articles.

    I wonder if you all have a different opinion based on more recent studies or experience. I've included the links belowif you care to see what the testing shows.

    One from Practical Sailor:
    https://www.practical-sailor.com/iss...es/5431-1.html

    And one from a firearm publication:
    http://www.accurateshooter.com/techn...tion-products/

    There is one more contender. Frame Saver. It's made for this purpose but seems a little snake oily:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0012...rb_top?ie=UTF8

    Any thoughts appreciated.

    Tom

    Ps-I don't see Corrosion pro Lube for sale. I am hoping Corrosion X is related.

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    Default Re: Biking on the beach-Best rust protection

    internally protect with ACF50-spray. it's very good stuff for internal tubing..will cling and to some extent "creep" into places not hit by direct spraying. out side, some other product.

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    Thanks. I can't figure out why people don't use cold galvanize zinc spray.

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    Default Re: Biking on the beach-Best rust protection

    buy a cheap used bike and leave the good one at home

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldsub86 View Post
    buy a cheap used bike and leave the good one at home
    That’s my thought too. Used mountain bikes are a dime a dozen, and some have *aluminum alloy frames that render the internal corrosion question moot.

    -old bike mechanic

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    I've never tried Corrosion X but I love Boeshield T-9. I live a couple blocks from salt water, the sea air can be real tough on metals. Everything on my bike that doesn't get chain lube, gets a lube and/or wipe down with T-9. Table saw, band saw, jointer...lubed with T-9. Saw tables are done with T-9 and wet or dry sandpaper.
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    Take the bike to a bodyshop and have them spray the inside with hot wax or Mike Sander's. Your frame must already have holes drilled in the tubes for that to work, and they must be free of cabels.

    But realisticly just buy an aluminium or carbon fiber frame MTB if you want to do this often and change all of the screws with aftermarket titanium ones.

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    i ride my bikes (steel, Alu, carbon fiber) near the ocean, on the beach, on heavily salted/treated roads .. and I have never do any preemptive maintenance for it... corrosion on the frame won't be an issue unless you're out there every day of the year and entirely neglect your bike

    just make sure you clean the drivetrain afterwards!!! and maybe beforehand so there's less excess lube/junk for the sand to stick to. the occasional wipe down and re-lube is really all you need to do. sure you might get a little surface rust on scratched steel components, but there is zero reason to jump thru hoops to buy weird spray products, or replacing hardware with titanium (that's ridiculous)

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    Default Re: Biking on the beach-Best rust protection

    Test from a decade ago:
    https://www.thehulltruth.com/sportfi...or-sprays.html

    Personally I like CRC 3-36 and LPS 3
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    Thanks everyone.

    This is the most comprehensive testing I could find. Pretty impressive overview.

    http://www.dayattherange.com/?page_id=3667


    Surprisingly, Frog Lube and WD 40 Specialist were the best for corrosion.

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    Default Re: Biking on the beach-Best rust protection

    there is this product as well, has a good reputation among framebuilders and shops. but yeah...it's gonna take a butt load of neglect for rust to become an issue

    https://www.amazon.com/Weigles-Bicyc.../dp/B0012GO58Y

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    Default Re: Biking on the beach-Best rust protection

    I got my old mountain bike out of the shed a couple of mo the ago. Thought I'd breathe new life into it. Bought a new seat, hand grips, new cables, spent close to $100 all up. Then I noticed one of the lower suspension fork legs had rusted through from the inside! Should have checked first, and then just bought a cheap used one.

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    Default Re: Biking on the beach-Best rust protection

    Quote Originally Posted by bluedog225 View Post
    Good afternoon

    I'd like to take my bike (in my boat) out to Padre Island and bike on the beach. This presents multiple challenges but the one of concern today is how to best prevent my steel bike frame from rusting. My particular concern is inside the steel tubes.

    I've done my research and it looks like Corrosion X is the winner. It's available on Amazon. I was leaning towards Boeshield prior to reading these articles.

    I wonder if you all have a different opinion based on more recent studies or experience. I've included the links belowif you care to see what the testing shows.

    One from Practical Sailor:
    https://www.practical-sailor.com/iss...es/5431-1.html

    And one from a firearm publication:
    http://www.accurateshooter.com/techn...tion-products/

    There is one more contender. Frame Saver. It's made for this purpose but seems a little snake oily:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0012...rb_top?ie=UTF8

    Any thoughts appreciated.

    Tom

    Ps-I don't see Corrosion pro Lube for sale. I am hoping Corrosion X is related.
    I don't see how you concluded that CorrosionX was a good choice based on the links provided. I have seen similar results before. The Practical Sailor test was the best comparison test, and they said
    CorrosionX works fine in a freshwater environment, but it’s not ready for brine time, especially in a mixed-metal situation.
    In the same test, they said:
    Only three saltwater test panels showed no corrosion—those coated with CorrosionPro Lube, CRC Heavy Duty, and LPS-3
    CorrosionPro Lube seems to have been discontinued.CRC-06026-Heavy-Corrosion-Inhibitor seems like a better choice.
    There is no relation between Pro Lube and CorrosionX.
    CorrosionX Aviation
    , which meetsMIL-PRF-81309 Type 2 is a better product than plain CorrosionX. I have seen test results, but can't find a link now. Navguard is even better, but while they appear to have made it, they don't list any prices. Navguard was developed by NAVAIR about 10 years ago, and looked like the best product at the time.

    More tests, note that the tests are promoting a product:
    https://rustpatrol.com/technology/
    http://www.tc-11.biz/about-tc-11
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    Default Re: Biking on the beach-Best rust protection

    so, they do make sacrificial anodes for bicycles

    actually its for swimming pool ladders

    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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    Default Re: Biking on the beach-Best rust protection

    Hot wax spray from a diy car wash will protect most of it. Hand wax the other pieces.

    I like the the idea of a single speed cruiser with balloon tires. Pick one up at a garage sale. Walmart sells them for under 100 dollars with a basket. Keep the bike or give it to a local bike charity. Wax as suggested.
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    Walmart? seriously bro, you went there????
    Simpler is better, except when complicated looks really cool.

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