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Frame saver

Jeff Arnim

I've always read that, when building up a bike, one should apply some kind of protectant to the inside of the frame and fork. Surly describes it like this:

After the initial frame prep, get yourself some JP Weigle Frame Saver or motor fogging oil or boiled linseed oil. Any of these are a kind of sticky oil that coat the insides of the tubes and prevent rust from starting. Frame Saver is a bit toxic, as it comes in an aerosol can, but it has a spray nozzle that lets you easily get into the nooks and crannies on your frame.

What's less clear is if, or when, this kind of thing should be re-applied. I'm in the process of rebuilding a bike that was first put together 11 years ago, so it seems like a good time to re-coat the tubes if they need it. But I don't know if they actually do. Frame saver is nasty and stains whatever it touches, so I'd like to avoid messing around with it unless it's necessary.

Does anyone have experience with this?

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7 months ago
John SaxbyTo Jeff Arnim

Jeff--to save you the suspense--I don't have any expertise/experience on this issue. It's a subject which pops up regularly, however, on the Thorn Cycles Forum, of which I'm a member.

You might go there and type "frame saver" into the search bar.  I just did so, and found a number of threads & posts on the subject:

Hope that's useful,

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7 months ago
Robert EwingTo Jeff Arnim

I used a DuPont dry spray lube on my wife's vintage 30 year old Bianchi/Campy road bike. The only place I could really check was the bottom bracket and it seemed to work pretty well.

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6 months ago