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After you give the bike a good cleaning, you might consider taking it to your local bike shop for a quick tune up and inspection. Generally these start around $25 and will go up based on parts/work needed. No point in getting out somewhere on a first ride and getting stranded.
If the rust's not eaten through the chrome yet then you have a chance. I've used fine steel wool and some liquid metal polish to clean off the rust - don't rub in circles as the scratches show, for some reason. Once you've taken off the rust, buff with a rag and you should be good to go.
Apparently if you wet down and ball up a piece of aluminium foil and then use it on the rust spot that also works - not tried it myself. If you try that let me know how you got on.
If possible you want to store your bikes somewhere reasonably dry and if you're riding regularly give them a decent clean. Day-to-day stuff I'll wipe down the frame with Pledge. If I've been releasing my "inner Belgian" and riding in the dirt or wet, I'll wipe down the bike and clean and relube the chain. I'll clean my bikes properly every 3 weeks or so.
Edited by: WONGERCHI at: 4/11/2008 (17:19)
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Wongerchi's your guy when it come to questions about bike cleaning.
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Welcome to the group! I'm still new to repairs and maintenance, so I don't have much advice for you, but hang in there, I'm sure some of the more experienced riders will answer your questions.
Edited by: PLAYINGOUTDOORS at: 4/11/2008 (00:53)
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I'm a newbie. I have 2 bikes an old 10 speed and a new mountain bike (only used once or twice). I just took my mountain bike out of the shed and noticed alot of rust build up on all the chrome. (handlebars and wheels) I cant remember having so much rust before is this normal????? What do you recommend for cleaning rust?? I can only remember using wax to clean and polish it and oil for the chains maintenance. If any of you professionals could give some direction on this it would be greatly appreciated!!!!! Thank you