29 March 2013
This is Not Good!
Got around to cleaning the frame of my CX bike last Saturday. I had a strip of clear 3M tape running down the down tube. A spot near the bottom bracket was lifted up and had some dirt behind it. I started to pull the tape off and then power came with it. To my horror was the rust behind the power.
As far as I can tell, there is only this section and some places on the seat tube that are like this. I can only guess what has caused the problem. My guess is that these section did not get cleaned like it should before receiving the power coat.
I have the bike stripped. That was the easy part. I also have received a new set of decals from the builder. The not so easy part is figuring out which route I take getting this fixed. Do I go with power again or do I go with paint? Do I go with someone local that has not power coated many bikes to save on shipping or find someone that has done 500 plus frames and have to ship?
I am going to take the next week to figure that one out..As my wife said, "It can be fixed. Just get it done." I think she told me those eight works from keeping me from having a meltdown.