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    Do you ride your Steel frame through a creek?

    I'm in the process of building up my first steel bike, an '08 Kona Unit. I got thinking about my weekly Wendesday Night ride, in which we cross a couple of creeks, some of which can be quite deep depending on the weather. Should I avoid dunking my bottom bracket under water on a steel bike?

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    I ride steel and have never given it a thought about riding it through water...Now I am a bit anal about taking my bike apart on a regular basis and make sure all is good and everything is good to go

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    you might want to get a can of JP Weigle Frame Saver and treat the inside of your frame with it
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    Great tip, thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zoke2 View Post
    you might want to get a can of JP Weigle Frame Saver and treat the inside of your frame with it
    I was wondering if such a thing existed. Thanks, +Rep!

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    You should actually avoid dunking your BB under water on any bike - regardless of the frame's material, bottom brackets (particularly their bearings) aren't fan's of water.

    When I build up steel frames I generally coat the inside of the BB shell with a light coating of waterproof grease (Phil Wood or Park Tool grease) so that if water does get into the frame that it's not pooling against bare metal. Also, if you have a steel fork, a light coat of grease on the steerer tube will keep it from rusting too.
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    If the frame does get a good dunking, take the seatpost out and turn the frame over to drain. I haven't used the Weigle product but have dripped in some motor oil for interior protection along with the grease coating as said by laffeaux.

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    Thanks for the advice, everyone. I do cross somewhat deep creeks a few times a month on my AL full-suspension bike, and I hadn't really worried about it -- the mud that covers the bike on a weekly basis takes a toll on drivetrain, pivots, and bottom bracket. I figure the wear and tear is unavoidable.

    Now I have another step when cleaning up the bike post-ride -- pull the seatpost and turn the bike over. Thanks, +rep for all!

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    I abuse my steel frame in every way possible. Then again, I bought it for $10. However, i think the chances of rusting out a BB are really low unless you are biking in salt water, and worse case scenario would be having to get a threadless BB.

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    Drill a hole in the bottom of the bottom bracket shell for drainage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by formicaman View Post
    I abuse my steel frame in every way possible...
    Isn't that the only way to ride a bike?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lenny View Post
    Drill a hole in the bottom of the bottom bracket shell for drainage.
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    It might be a good idea to tap the hole and then insert a screw to help keep out any excess water.
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    My steel fixie see's rain, snow, mud, creeks, actually got transported in the rain twice last week, and while I'm going to use some frame saver before the next riding season I don't have any worries of my frame rusting out.

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