A post I wrote up on the first sprinkling of salt on the Boston roads a while back spawned a small series of sorts, and this is our third reader response based post on fighting salt corrosion during the winter. Reader Paul does not have any pictures to accompany his words, but the words should be enough to get your creative juices flowing.
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Keep frame drain holes clean - use a thin fuse wire, pipe cleaner, paper clips, etc.
Fit mudguards to prevent spray of road grime / salt onto components
Pack bearings and bottom bracket with waterproof grease. If yours are sealed, check the seals to see if still sealed - sorry for the poor latter tip I´m an old school bearing guy - maybe hack a seal with waterproof plumbers tape after lubricating if you suspect your seals are leaky.
Light coating of grease or wax on components /frame
Repair paint chips before your first salty road trip (steel is painted for a reason - to exclude oxygen). No oxygen = no oxidation (rust). If you care about matched paint and don´t have a paint match use clear coat - remove any rust before you repaint / clear coat.
Move to Jamaica (just joking)
To wash or not wash dilemma- Washing removes salt etc but also removes laboriously applied grease wax and this will have to be redone. Better not to wash UNLESS you can replace grease coatings before the next ride, etc. A quick wipe with a warm soapy cloth is better than a jet wash as the risk of blowing water proof grease, etc. out of bearings is reduced.
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