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    How do you protect your vintage bike from rust?

    I'm moving from hot, dry Utah to the Oregon coast. I am wondering what people in humid climates do to protect their bikes from rust. Any suggestions? I'm referring to my R26, by the way, and that is why I posted this in vintage.

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    There was a product review in the August ON about a storage tent that is supposed to prevent rust. Beyond that, I might consider spraying the engine with WD-40 and wiping off the excess, repeating this every couple of months. Probably routine washings to get rid of dirt buildup which could hide rust starting spots.
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    ... "what people in humid climates do to protect their bikes from rust..."


    Um... ride it?

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    There is a product called Gibbs.

    http://www.gibbsbrandlubricant.com/

    This stuff is far & away better than WD-40. I've used it on bare steel, painted steel, magnesium, aluminum. I wouldn't use it on your "painted surfaces", like tank & fenders, but frame, pipes, wheels.

    Lasts much longer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClassicVW View Post
    ... "what people in humid climates do to protect their bikes from rust..."


    Um... ride it?
    I'm hoping the bike will be a bit more "peppy" at sea level than it is at 5000 feet.
    Sharon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullett View Post
    I'm hoping the bike will be a bit more "peppy" at sea level than it is at 5000 feet.
    Hmmm...if you change nothing in your carb setup, then you do down in altitude where the density of air increases...won't you be running poorly at that point with less gas for the amount of air being sucked in?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClassicVW View Post
    ... "what people in humid climates do to protect their bikes from rust..."


    Um... ride it?
    And don't put it away wet. At least not all the time.

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    1. garage storage
    2. If you are anywhere where there is salt, you MUST wash and dry.

    A buddy of mine picked up an old honda a few winters back. He had it on an open trailer when he took it home. He didn't wash off the snow and ice, along with salt. It looked like it was soaked in brine when last I saw it.

    In the past, I cleaned off some steel parts on my bikes (usually nuts and bolts, brake actuator arms, etc.), and painted with a low gloss clear coat. I didn't have problems with rust after that, and it looked bone stock.

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    Park it in the living room where it stays nice and warm and dry!
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    Thanks for all the suggestions! The R26 rode to the coast in the back of a pick-up truck and is currently in the garage with her sister RT.

    The carburetor is jetted for sea level and was running rich at 5000 feet. It has a jet that wouldn't come out. I was going to send the carb in to Bing for a rebuild, but then we decided to move. I will put in some fresh gas and give it a try.
    Sharon
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    John, where do you buy Gibbs Lubricant. Is is strictly a mail order product?
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    Talking the R26 likes her new home!

    Finally took the bike out of the house to put in some gas and see how she runs. Battery was dead and would not take a charge. New battery and some gas and voila! https://www.facebook.com/video/embed...="0"></iframe>
    Sharon
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    '59 R 26 (my first)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullett View Post
    I'm hoping the bike will be a bit more "peppy" at sea level than it is at 5000 feet.
    Hafta say I got a chuckle outta that one... having ridden an R27.... "peppy" isn't even a relative term!


    Great bike though, I know you will enjoy it for what it is!


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    I use Fluid Film which is lanolin based protective film and easily removed for spring riding.

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