Winter bike rack....avoiding rust.-
Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    May 2012

    Winter bike rack....avoiding rust.

    We have had a North Shore Rack for 4 years. We have used it the last 2 winters. We keep it on the car as they are a beast to take on and off and use regularly enough.

    Unfortunately it has become a rust bucket (see photos attached). The company has only offered the suggestion of wire brushing, tremclad and powdercoating. Powder coating is going to cost more than half the cost of the rack....not impressed to say the least. I guess they were never made to be in use throughout the winter.

    Does anyone have a recommendation for/experience with a rack that can withstand winter roads with sand/salt usage?

    I am bummed because we really love the functionality of the NSR. But with all our winter biking we need a better solution.

    I strongly advise anyone purchasing a NSR to do your research and consider something else if it will be used in the winter.Winter bike rack....avoiding rust.-img_2096.jpgWinter bike rack....avoiding rust.-img_2092.jpgWinter bike rack....avoiding rust.-img_2093.jpg

  2. #2
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    The rust and flaking powdercoat is likely due to poor prep before the powder was sprayed on. You might consider a wire wheel on a drill or grinder and remove what you can and then brush on Rustoleum or Tremclad and just use it for a while. I switched to a 1UP USA rack and have never looked back- they don't rust, and as long as you don't leave heavy salt and road grime on them, the hardware stays good as well. For steel racks, just like receiver hitches and any other car parts, a good coating of waxoyl or other spay-on metal protectant keeps things corrosion free. I have the same two 24oz Amsoil HD metal protectant cans for the past 2 years, and spray anything I don't want to get eaten by the 3 pounds of salt per cubic foot of snow they use on the roads here in Michigan.
    "Wait- I am confused" - SDMTB'er

  3. #3
    mtbr member
    Reputation: coolhand80's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2011
    I also run a 1UP USA rack all winter long on the salty roads of Pennsylvania. They are all aluminum except for the hardware of course.

    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk

  4. #4
    Reputation: ltspd1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    The nice thing about the 1UP is it can be removed in about 15 seconds, which is what I do when I know road conditions will be bad.

  5. #5
    mtbr member
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Surface rust is ugly but cleans up quick. A wire brush and some sand paper should get it ready for some spray on rustoleum. After getting rid of the rust it might be a good idea to rub the entire rack down with rubbing alcohol and just spray the entire thing to further prevent rust issues.

    After it dries I'd make is a habit of spraying it down with some penetrating oil ever few months. I do that to my old sportworks rack and it keeps it running nicely. Rust free. I would also make sure to spray internally as well if you can remove any caps just to make sure you get the most out of your rack and it doesn't die from the inside out.

  6. #6
    Reputation: Flamingtaco's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2012
    $15 and 60 minutes of work can make it look new.

    Haven't met a utility device (cargo tray, bike rack, trailer, etc) that was powder coated properly, since the late 90's. Most things sold at throwaway prices aren't going to have decent coatings.
    I will suffer no butt-hurt fools!

Similar Threads

  1. North Shore Rack -- Major Rust Problem
    By Ripleyrider in forum Cars and Bike Racks
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 10-30-2016, 09:48 PM
  2. Protecting Bike on Rack from Winter Spray
    By SunnyinCO in forum Cars and Bike Racks
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 01-01-2016, 08:39 PM
  3. Replies: 49
    Last Post: 08-05-2013, 11:55 AM
  4. Rust on a used bike
    By gsrblack in forum Families and Riding with Kids
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-09-2013, 05:25 PM
  5. Avoiding import tax when bringing a bike from the USA
    By Steve71 in forum Australia, New Zealand
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 05-31-2011, 09:10 AM

Members who have read this thread: 3

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts




© Copyright 2019 VerticalScope Inc. All rights reserved.