How to Get Rid of Rust on a Bike

How to Get Rid of Rust on a Bike

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A rusty bike is more than a sore to the eye, but it`s also damaging to the metal.

The corrosive sore is not only unsightly, but often results to bumpy and uncomfortable bicycle rides.

However, if your bike is plagued with rust, there`s no need to take it to for professional rust removal: in any case, we shall share with you a list of effective DIY methods you can employ to get rid of rust from your bike.

But before then, it would be prudent we have a rudimentary understanding of what is rust and its effect on metal.

What is Rust?

Technically, rust is Iron Hydrated Iron (III) Oxide, also referred to as iron oxide (Fe²O³), according to NCH Europe.

Rust occurs when compounds containing iron are exposed to oxygen over a long period. Moisture acts as a catalyst for this process.

This process is known as rusting.

Therefore, if you leave your bike long enough with exposure to oxygen and moisture, rusting is inevitable.

Now let`s look at 4 effective home-made ways of how to prevent rust on your bike.

The video below will teach you how to clean and get rid of rust from your bike using your household items. Some of these techniques  are discussed further in the article.

1. Use Citric Acid

According to The Old Farmers Almanac, citric acid, found in lemons and limes, can be used to dissolve rust.

To use this acid, you will first need to sprinkle some coarse salt onto the rusty bike frame or handlebar.

Pour some citric acid or squeeze the citric acid from a lemon onto a sponge/rag, then gently scrub the rust off the bike.

Remember that citric is abrasive, so you should not let it sit for long as it may damage the metal.

Therefore, after scrubbing the bike clean, wipe it down with a clean towel to remove any extra residue.

2. Coke

If you`ve ever dropped a coin in cola, you were probably impressed/alarmed because the coin came out clean.

Cola alongside other carbonated drinks are more than thirst-quenching beverages, but can also double up as a cleaning agents.

According to Sciencing, many carbonated drinks will remove rust from metal, thanks to their absorbing phosphoric acid that dissolve the rust.

To remove rust from your bike, you`ll simply need to pour coke on the affected part, allow the acid to do its magic for a few minutes and then wipe off the excess plus the residue.

3. Salt

As basic as salt may be, Morton Salt Website asserts that mixing six tablespoons of Morton salt with two tablespoons of lemon juice is enough to develop a paste that can remove rust.

Rub the paste on the dry bicycle parts, let it sit for a while, before wiping your bike dry.

4. Vinegar

Vinegar has a generous amount of acetic acid, which is known to dissolve rust.

To use this formula, you will have to pour the vinegar into the rusty spots and wait for the rust to dissolve.

Alternatively, you can pour the vinegar on a sponge, and gently scrub the rust off the metal.

After scrubbing, you should rinse the bike well to prevent the acid from damaging the metal.

Above are the 4 simple, yet effective methods of how to remove rust from your bike.

However, as a cycling enthusiast, the first step to prevent rusting is through preventive care: regular bicycle cleaning and proper maintenance should suffice.

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