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Rust
#1
Hello everyone. First post for me on this forum. I currently have a NEXT (Walmart) bike, which is going on it's 4th year and is showing it's age. I'm noticing rust on the very tips of a few of the gears, on 2 adjustment(I think) bolts for the brakes, and a few light patches else where on the bike.

My question is when is it time to start replacing parts or the bike when stuff like rust starts showing up?
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#2
Hit is with some wd-40 and rub it off. Most of the time this will work. Otherwise take some sandpaper and sand off the rust. I think there's another thread on here about rust removal that goes into a lot of detail.
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#3
Surface rust usually isn't a problem other than for looks & long term life of the bike. What you do want to watch out for rust is on cables, chain, bolts that hold the brake cable, or anything that looks like a crack is forming on the frame, bars, etc.
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#4
If your bike parts are rusting - either you are not riding enough or you sweat a lot and don't clean up. Which is it, Fencer?

Welcome to BT! Smile
Wheelies don't pop themselves. (from a QBP fortune cookie)
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#5
Not riding enough, I was lazy last year and put it in storage early and then brought out to find some surprises. And thanks for the welcome Smile.
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#6
(03-02-2011, 11:05 PM)Fencer Wrote:  Not riding enough,

Been there, done that too.
Wheelies don't pop themselves. (from a QBP fortune cookie)
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#7
I'm probably going to replace the bike regardless since it was bought 5 years ago when I was in junior high. The main selling point at the time for me was that it looked cool. Now I'd really like something that weighs considerably less than a Sherman Tank, has a rigid fork, skinny tires. etc.
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#8
He-he, I like the Sherman tank analogy! But a newer M1 Abrams weighs a LOT MORE! Smile

I also like people who are honest. Welcome to the forum.

I saw one of those used Next bikes for sale and admit it did look kewl with their paint job. Didn't buy it though.

Steve
Junkyard Tools rescued from the junkyard!
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#9
It still baffles me how they fit 45 lbs into a bike. The frame must be solid steel tubing or something.
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