How sweat can ruin your bike
We’ve all seen it if we’re working hard – sweat bouncing off some part of our bike. Outside, we tend not to think too much about it because the bike dries rapidly with the
passing air and a little bit of sun. Inside, it’s a different story, and with colder weather coming, many of you are moving off the roads and on to your trainers indoors. We
also have our outdoor winter riders who pick up elements of road salt during training. No matter how you slice it, sweat is highly corrosive, so the following information applies to all our outdoor and indoor riders.
The handlebars on most bicycles are made of aluminum and covered in bar tape. Sweat passes through your hands, on to the handlebars, and builds up under the tape corroding quickly. While handlebars are anodized to protect the surface, any scratches or imperfections are quickly eaten away by sweat, and handlebar failures on bikes tend to be rather unpleasant.
The headset, top tube, down tube, and bottom brackets are areas that receive the most sweat coming off one’s core. Sweat can corrode the aluminum, damage the headset bolts and bearings, and eat away one’s paint. Water bottle bolts, bottom bracket bolts
and bearings are particularly susceptible to damage from sweat finding its way down the bike.
Bicycle seat posts warrant particular attention as most are aluminum and sweat works its way from the bottom of the seat down the shaft of the seat post. Any evidence of corrosion on the seat post should mandate immediate replacement to prevent seizing.
There are some simple solutions one can take on their own:
- Wipe down your bike after each use with a damp wash cloth.
- Consider using a bike bra while riding on the trainer to help reduce the amount of sweat that can reach vulnerable areas.
Ultimately, the best solution is to bring your bike to Aistriu for a professional application of ceramic nanocoating. This process utilizes a scientifically formulated solution designed to bond to surfaces at the molecular level, filling in any nanopores and creating a hydrophobic (repels water) surface that is impervious to contamination and nearly as strong as solid quartz.
Nanocoating is also quite effective on mountain and trail bikes for repelling mud and minimizing mud build up which can add unnecessary weight.
A bike is an investment in equipment and in yourself. Ceramic nanocoating will maintain a bike’s condition, ensure longevity, improve your ride, and help keep you safe.