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Worried about your bike getting wet and rusting?

How can i stop my bike from rusting?

If you cycle regularly, sooner or later you will experience some rusting over time. Read the article below for some top tips to reduce rust on your bike.

"If you have a bicycle with a metal frames, you may experience rust to your bike over time. Rusting of metal is caused by its exposure to the elements in rainwater, salt on the streets and other materials can cause rust to develop. Although it starts small, rust can grow quickly and eat away at the metal. It doesn't take long for rust to permanently damage the small metal components on your bike.  
 Bicycle rust prevention

If you cycle regularly, sooner or later you will experience some rusting over time. Read the article below for some top tips to reduce rust on your bike.

"If you have a bicycle with a metal frames, you may experience rust to your bike over time. Rusting of metal is caused by its exposure to the elements in rainwater, salt on the streets and other materials can cause rust to develop. Although it starts small, rust can grow quickly and eat away at the metal. It doesn't take long for rust to permanently damage the small metal components on your bike.  

 

Don’t panic!! - it is possible to treat the rust on your existing bike. See below for quick guide on how to remove rust.

  • Step 1 Remove the existing rust by rubbing affected areas with a steel wool pad or sand paper. I’m sorry but rust will continue to spread once it develops on part of the metal unless you eliminate it completely with means cutting it out of the metal or sanding right back to the bare metal, but eliminating the existing rust will temporarily spare your bike's metal from further corrosion.
  • Step 2- Apply a rust inhibitor to the area - £3.00 from Wilkinson’s – then apply touch-up paint to the metal if the rust has occurred and where paint has chipped away. The paint will prevent air exposure and, through that, stopping the oxidation that leads to rust.
  • Step 3- Apply good quality bike specific lubricant to the exposed metal, such as gears, chains and other areas prone to rusting. DO NOT USE WD-40 it’s not bike specific.. its sticky and attracts These surfaces are at a greater risk of rusting because they are exposed to the air, but the BIKE SPECIFIC lubrication can help control oxidation and reduce rust.
  • As a club rider for both road and mountain bike I would recommend finish line oils for your bike.

How to prevent rust forming on your bicycle – general.

To prevent rusting to your brand new bike, ensure that you routinely apply a lubricant to maintain the bike's exposed parts and prevent new rust from developing. When you have been out on a ride, don’t just chuck the bike in the garage and leave it for a week, clean it with a hose pipe.  DO NOT USE A PRESSURE WASHER – you will ruin the bearings inside your wheel hubs and bottom bracket.   Generally most bike experts it is recommend that you store your bike inside a dedicated bike shed on a daily basis to protect it from the wet weather and theft.

When selecting a bike shed, ensure it’s a ventilated container.  A bike locked up in a shed even for a few hours will give off moisture as the temperature outside changes, which in turn, will create condensation and ultimately rust your bike.

Asgard have a number of metal bike storage options, visit the main metal bike storage category for lots of innovative bike storage ideas.

A metal bike shed will prevent rust to your bicycle
The Access Bike Shed (pictured above) will keep your bike dry and protected from the wet UK weather.
"I'm very pleased with the Access Bike Shed, it's very secure and weather tight. The coating seems of a high standard and it was relatively simple to construct with plenty of fittings. I have recommended it to my cycling friends." Mr P Yapp

"I am always worried about my bike rusting, getting my hands on the Asgard bike shed was manner from heaven - I have had 3 bike sin for almost a year and neither the shed or the bikes have a spot of rust on them - Thanks Asgard"

The Access Bike Shed is made with galvanised steel panels, then finished with a powder coat finish to prevent rusting to the unit and comes with a 10 year rust -perforation guarantee.