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 Post subject: Rust on my spokes
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 12:27 pm 
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Hi :)

I am rebuilding a Marin Bolinas Ridge and aim to lavish the bike with loads of TLC, but want to see if I can do it spending at little as possible. I know some would say this model is not worth the fuss but I like the old girl :wink:

The spokes on the rear wheel are rusty, just surface rust which comes of with a little rub of wire wool, what the best way to treat them after I have removed the rust so they look shiny (from a distance )

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 Post subject: Re: Rust on my spokes
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 12:28 pm 
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Aluminium foil works well on spokes too..., once the rust is off, I didn't use a product other than elbow grease....


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 Post subject: Re: Rust on my spokes
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 12:42 pm 
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Wire wool and a little white spirit. Brings em up lovely.


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 Post subject: Re: Rust on my spokes
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 12:58 pm 
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Good question :)

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Aluminium foil works well on spokes too..., once the rust is off, I didn't use a product other than elbow grease....



do you mean to wrap the spokes ?


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 Post subject: Re: Rust on my spokes
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:00 pm 
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The History Man wrote:
Wire wool and a little white spirit. Brings em up lovely.


I was a little worried that exposing the freshly exposed metal would rust easier :(


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 Post subject: Re: Rust on my spokes
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:07 pm 
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Aluminium foil can help to bring metals up to a shine, but I think you're right, once cleaned it won't be too long before the surface rust sets in again.

Metal Polish (Autosol/Peek/Mothers Mag & Ally Polish) not only cleans up the metal but should help protect it for a while.

Or for probably around £10 per wheel you could buy some new stainless spokes and nipples and rebuild the wheel so the spokes should never go rusty again :)


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 Post subject: Re: Rust on my spokes
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:13 pm 
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jimo746 wrote:
Aluminium foil can help to bring metals up to a shine, but I think you're right, once cleaned it won't be too long before the surface rust sets in again.

Metal Polish (Autosol/Peek/Mothers Mag & Ally Polish) not only cleans up the metal but should help protect it for a while.

Or for probably around £10 per wheel you could buy some new stainless spokes and nipples and rebuild the wheel so the spokes should never go rusty again :)



I like the idea of new stainless spokes, is it possible to replace one at a time and keep the wheel 'true, or am I being a tight ass, and should just get the wheel trued :)


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 Post subject: Re: Rust on my spokes
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:19 pm 
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it wouldnt stay true as you wont get the same tension on the spokes ect


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 Post subject: Re: Rust on my spokes
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:27 pm 
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benjy wrote:
it wouldnt stay true as you wont get the same tension on the spokes ect


I will give them a good tidy up and in the future treat the wheel to a new set of spokes and a proper true up.


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 Post subject: Re: Rust on my spokes
PostPosted: Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:54 pm 
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widowmaker wrote:
Hi :)

I am rebuilding a Marin Bolinas Ridge. I know some would say this model is not worth the fuss but I like the old girl :wink:


Always worth the effort!...I would go with the foil and autosol route then give the raw spokes a coat of teflon based lube GT85 WD40 etc...but for the price of a new set of ss spokes you could buy a better set of wheels in better condition...


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