Steel Frame Care & Maintenance

 

Honey Bikes Steel Frame Care and Maintenance

We've invested many hours in building your frame to last for many years of riding service.  It's important that you invest some time each season to ensure that your bike will serve you well for a long time.

One of our final steps in our framebuilding process is to treat the inside of your frame with a special rust inhibitor. While this preventive measure is important, it does not protect your frame against the inevitable onset of rust. Rust is a naturally occurring phenomenon with steel when it is exposed to oxygen and water. When moist air comes in contact with steel, rust forms. Aside from not looking good, rust also weakens your frame’s integrity. Over a long period of time rust can be so damaging that your frame could fail, which can be dangerous.

Honey's frame warranty does not cover damage caused by rust. In order to help your frame last a lifetime, we recommend that you and your bicycle mechanic follow these rust preventing steps:

Bike Assembly

When installing components, apply a liberal amount of grease to these contact points:

  • bottom bracket threads and shell
  • head tube and headset
  • seat post and the inside of the seat tube
  • under the seat binder collar
  • rear derailleur threads
  • water bottle bolt threads
  • bottom bracket cable guide bolt
  • brake bolts
  • barrel adjuster threads
  • housing ferrules
  • fender and rack bolts

Protecting the Inside of Your Frame

A rust inhibitor such as Frame Saver™ or Boeshield T-9™ is the very best defense against rust. We strongly recommend applying a rust inhibitor to the inside of your frame at least once a season; however, the more you ride in wet conditions, the more applications we suggest. It is not possible to apply rust inhibitor too often or too liberally.

Post Ride Care

After wet rides, always remove your seat post and set your bike upside down overnight to allow any water that found its way in, to find its way out. Some bikes have a bottom bracket drainage hole but that is not enough to protect the inside of your frame against rust. Even if you don’t think you have ridden in water, it’s best to do this a few times a month as a preventative measure.

Protecting the Outside of Your Frame

Frequently inspect your frame for paint chips. Repair chips with appropriately colored nail polish to protect the exposed steel from the elements.

Season End

We recommend removing all parts from your frame at the end of each riding season. There two reasons for this: the first is so your mechanic can reapply a coating of a rust inhibitor to the inside of your frame; the second reason for disassembly is to reapply grease to all of the components mentioned above.

Performing these preventative steps will ensure that your steel Honey will serve you well for many years to come. Please email us if you have any questions.