A few weeks back I published a post on the challenge that salt on roads poses in the winter. I encouraged readers to submit their own hacks for keeping their whips corrosion free and our first submission focused on Plasti Dip as a possible solution. Reader Chuck rides in Wisconsin during the winter and sent along his own advice on fighting the corrosive combination of CaCl2, MgCl2, and KCl found on roads.
The combination of Upper-case and Lower-case letters and subscript numbers above came from a couple of quick Google searches on "road salt." The search made me dizzy and scared. Dizzy because chemical diagrams and shorthand make my head spin. Scared because I am pretty sure the "salt" we throw all over the place is super bad for the environment. I don't claim to understand most of what I stumbled upon, however the "salt" appears to be a combination of . . . long sounding words that are hard to pronounce and likely kills stuff.
I definitely don't belong in the lane that deals with chemical compositions, but if readers out there wish to comment, I would love to read more. Well, maybe that is overstated because I am sure whatever I read will depress me . . . anyway, take it away Chuck . . .
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For winter-proofing my ride for Wisconsin winter I use:
1-Change any fasteners that are not stainless steel to stainless and liberally coat the threads with anti seize.