We all long for (and love!) a bike trail that’s wet, muddy and full of dirt, but we’re not sure our bicycle can say the same. Did you know that if your bike is exposed to water, it can leave it vulnerable to rusting? Although it may only be a small amount at first, the unwanted rust can spread quickly and eat away at your bike’s metal, which ultimately affects performance. If you let the rust go beyond repair, permanently damaging the metal parts of your bicycle, you are left with no other option but to invest in a brand-new one. Not ideal. So, how do you save yourself some pennies and by rust-proofing your bike?
The best way to prevent rusting is to store your bike safely away when it isn’t being used and apply a rust-proofing lubricant to protect it when you are riding it – enjoying those wet and wild rides guilt-free! WD-40® Smart Straw Multi-Use is great for safeguarding metal bicycle parts from natural elements. The easy-to-use product quickly penetrates under oil and debris to provide a protective coating on the metal surface to prevent corrosion and rust. What’s more, thanks to the clever Spray2Ways technology, you can ensure that you only apply the formula to the rust-prone bicycle parts and avoid the tyres and braking surfaces. The 360° valve also allows for upright or upside-down application allowing you to spray at any angle.
Place the bike on the stand.
Spray the rust-proofing lubricant directly onto your bike – make sure you do not spray the product on the tyres or any braking surfaces.
Leave the product to dry for ten minutes. There will now be a protective layer on your bicycle which will help safeguard from rust.
You should regularly apply protectant grease or WD-40 Multi-Use to maintain the bicycle’s exposed parts and prevent new rust from developing.
Now that your bike is rust-proof, do you know the other ways to maintain your bike? Read our guides on removing rust from your chain, lubricating your bike chain,
cleaning your chain, removing rust from the chrome on your bike and washing your bicycle.
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