While modern electric bicycle frames, primarily constructed from aluminum and carbon, exhibit minimal susceptibility to surface rust, the same cannot be said for their metal components and screws, predominantly composed of steel. These metallic elements are vulnerable spots where rust can swiftly emerge in the absence of adequate cleaning and maintenance. Rust appears on electric bicycles that have not been used for a long time and have been stored without protection in humid spaces. If this is the case with your e-bike and you want to restore its original state, you should take these cleaning tips into account.
Rust is not so easy to remove and requires more effort and the use of specific products. And keep in mind that if the rust has already invaded the inside of the tubes and welds or corroded the metal, that bike will be useless.
How to remove rust from the e-bike?
The cleaning process is similar, whether it is rust on the frame or on the components. We will need a degreasing product, as well as another acid (lemon or bicarbonate would do) and a brush with hard bristles. For the transmission or chain, for example, these types of more rigid filaments are used to remove grease and rust more easily. Microfiber cloths will also be necessary for drying.
Apply the product and leave it to either using homemade products such as lemon or bicarbonate diluted in water or a specific anti-rust one, it must be applied to the rusty area and left to act for several minutes (between 5 and 10) before rubbing with the brush.
Rub and rinse
If the oxide layer is somewhat thicker, it will be necessary to make several passes with the brush to remove it. Once all traces of rust have been removed, it will be time to rinse the entire area with plenty of water, since acid products can continue to have an effect and damage the metal.
Rinsing and drying are very important for rust removal. The cleaning products used are stronger and more corrosive to the metal if they are not removed in time.
On the other hand, in greased parts such as the chain, rollers or cassette, the action of acid products must be preceded by good degreasing cleaning to remove any remaining lubricant.
How to prevent the appearance of rust on your bike
Without a doubt, prevention operations end up being much more effective and less expensive than cleaning operations when it comes to rust. Frequent cleaning of the bicycle and greasing of its components will almost certainly prevent its appearance.
The place where you store the electric bike is also very important. A cool, dry garage or room is ideal. In the event that you live in areas with high humidity and the bicycle remains stationary for a while, we recommend that you cover it with a cover without leaving any part exposed. On the market, there are specific covers for all types and sizes of bicycles, made with moisture-repellent insulating materials.
Water and mud are the best breeding grounds for rust. If you have gone out on a bike and it has rained, you should thoroughly clean the bicycle right after finishing, dry it and grease the chain, the pedal springs (if they are automatic) and other moving parts such as the steering.
Do not leave the dirty bike in the garage for several days, as rust can quickly start to appear on chains, sprockets, etc. Cleaning and greasing should always be done right at the end of the route.
Problems and breakdowns derived from rust
Rust in current aluminium frames is very difficult to appear due to the properties of the material and its surface treatments. The steel frames, however, are more exposed, so their conservation must be more rigorous.
A rusty frame or components cause numerous problems for the operation of the bicycle and accelerate its wear. Superficial rust, if not tackled with cleaning such as the one we have explained to you above, ends up corroding the inner layers of the metal, increasing the risk of it fracturing.
In addition, fundamental components for the movement of the bicycle, such as the transmission, will not work properly if they are oxidized and will accelerate their wear and that of other parts with which they come into contact. Pedalling will create squeals, will not be smooth and fluid, and will in no way contribute to proper performance on the bike.
Same situation for the screws. If the thread has rust, its tightening will be irregular and it will not fix the parts or components together as it should. This will cause gaps and premature wear of the entire piece due to poor assembly. For these reasons it is advisable to prevent rust marks and, if they occur, to remove them properly before further corrosion damage occurs.
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