cheap steel?????

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  1. adam valentine

    adam valentine New Member

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    so yesterday bicycle was fine last night it snowed so they put ice melt on the stairs to my appt building. I don't know if any of it fell on my bike,they would have had to really sling it because of where it was parked. today i noticed that the chain is rusted stiff and so is the wide crank i installed ,but the rest of the bike is normal looking is this because of the cheap Chinese steal?.shft.
     
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    *shrug* Salt is brutal on any ferrous metal regardless of it's quality or origin and while some companies claim their "Snow/Ice Melt" product contains no salt - whatever it does contain seems equally as bad or even worse...

    Where "quality" comes into play is with a chrome (chromium) coating or stainless, both should be corrosion resistant/proof - but are very often not due to their low quality, impurities and w/chrome - insufficient thickness.

    TBH, I'm really not a fan of salt/snow melt products and unless it's just me - their usage is on the rise... Other than the seemingly instant corrosion of everything it touches it's even somewhat of a "mixed blessing" when it comes to removing snow & ice. Sure - it'll melt it... to a point, then it refreezes to glare ice despite the claims to the contrary from it's manufacturer. I dunno what happened, but it seems to me that we usta use a lot more of the good ol' sand & light gravel, which works no matter the temperature, regardless of refreeze...

    I even had a bit of a ...disagreement w/a landlord over this heh, my poor pup would get the "Snow Melt" product caught between his pads and whine in pain & I worried about his health licking at that stuff - so I begged my landlord to stop using it and just let me use the sand I already had. After a few encounters he relented, but I had to sign a "disclaimer" in case I injured myself, even though it seems the sand still works better for longer o_O
     
  3. adam valentine

    adam valentine New Member

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    I'm gonna spray it with a good penetrating oil and see if that helps i also broke the cheep gas shutoff valve trying to get it to stop leaking and am not paying 20 bucks for one from all of our sponsors its a 3 buck part at most ill figure something out before i do that
     
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    as far as petcocks go, i dont have one....the cheap one that came with the bike kit snapped on me when i was putting it on the tank....so luckily for me, I had a brass fitting that used to go to a cheap boost bottle kit i bought and it actually fit better than the petcock used to.....only bad thing is i dont have a fuel shutoff or any kind of screen in the tank. so i had to improvise a little fuel filter in the gas line from tank to carb as a "just in case" measure....anyways the point is you should be able to go down to a hardware store and buy a brass fitting to fit into the tank relatively cheap. be sure to teflon tape around the threads really good to get a leak proof seal, and for good measure JB weld around all of it for further leak proofiness.
     
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    wayne z New Member

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    NAPA sells a plastic in-line fuel valve made for mowers, quite cheap too.

    Wayne Z
     

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