The nights are drawing in, weather has definitely turned for the worse and you are by now considering putting your summer bike away, and bringing out the winter bike.
If, however, you’re not lucky enough to own two bikes and you ride the same one throughout the year you may like to think about winter-proofing your bike. I’ve hooked up with the guys at Muc-Off and asked them, how should you winter-proof your bike?
Happily, if you would like to buy any of these products you can get a 15% discount with this code: PUSHEROFPEDALS15 if you click here you can go straight to the site.
Here’s what Muc-Off had to say:
“At Muc-Off, we produce a range of products to help protect your bicycle against corrosion from salt winter, road salt and general winter grime and keep it looking it’s very best for longer. ‘Muc-Off Bike Protect’ offers incredible water dispersion properties to prevent water, dirt and grime from sticking to your bike, protecting the surfaces from damage, be it the drivetrain, spokes, frame and paintwork.
Firstly it’s important to understand what corrosion actually is and how it can impact your bike’s components! ‘Corrosion’ is the deterioration of a material as a result of chemical reactions between it and the surrounding environment. Some metals corrode quicker than others, but even Aluminium and Stainless steel corrodes just at a slower rate. Corrosion typically falls into one of 3 categories:
1. General Attack Corrosion – Is a very common form of corrosion which attacks the entire surface of a component, also known as uniform corrosion. It is caused by a chemical or electrochemical reaction. Whilst uniform corrosion can cause a metal to fail, it is predictable. As a result, it is possible to plan for and take steps to help reduce those effects over time.
2. Localised Corrosion – Attacks only a portion of a metal surface. The 3 types of localised corrosion are: Pitting: the creation of small holes on the surface.
Crevice corrosion: corrosion that occurs in stagnant locations or between two joining surfaces, such as under gaskets or in between places, for example.
Filiform corrosion: corrosion that occurs when water gets under a coating such as paint.
3. Galvanic Corrosion – Also known as Bimetallic corrosion can occur when two different metals are located together in a liquid, such as salt water, an electrolyte. In essence, one metal’s molecules are drawn toward the other metal, leading to corrosion in only one of the two metals.
These 3 forms of corrosion can really affect the durability of your bicycle components, not only in the way they look but performance too. A product such as ‘Muc-Off Bike Protect’ help by putting an all-in-important barrier in between the product and the material underneath.”
If you do decide to get yourself some Muc-Off for the coming months, don’t forget to use my discount code: PUSHEROFPEDALS15
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