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Frame corrosion warranty


Mikesa9

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I went to the coast for December and road on the beach. The bike frame has now corroded and my LBS thinks I should throw the bike away.I know now that it was idiotic of me to ride on the beach, but there were so many other cyclists I genuinely thought nothing of it. I want to claim now on the bike's warranty, but my LBS feels that all bike warranties exclude corrosion claims. I find this extremely irritating as I wasn't advised of this when I bought the bike. Does anyone know what the standard warranty is? I need to be prepared before I go into battle!

 

Many thanks.

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I went to the coast for December and road on the beach. The bike frame has now corroded and my LBS thinks I should throw the bike away.I know now that it was idiotic of me to ride on the beach, but there were so many other cyclists I genuinely thought nothing of it. I want to claim now on the bike's warranty, but my LBS feels that all bike warranties exclude corrosion claims. I find this extremely irritating as I wasn't advised of this when I bought the bike. Does anyone know what the standard warranty is? I need to be prepared before I go into battle!

 

Many thanks.

 

Damn, if it's not your fridge, it's your bike....

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Shouldn't have corroded so fast. We ride on the beach on the Imana, and I've done 2 now, my frame is still fine, although I took preventative measures. Take your bike for a second opinion.

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I don't see how riding on the beach for one holiday could cause terminal corrosion of an aluminium frame. Perhaps getting salt water into it by riding through the shallow (or deeper?) water could corrode it inside. The whole point of aluminium is that it oxidize in the surface (that whitish layer) and that seals it and prevent deeper corrosion. The outside of the frame will most likely also be protected with at least a layer of clear paint. It is a lot more likely that the steel parts like bearings (headset, hubs, bottom bracket, pivots) will be corroded beyond salvage.

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Shouldn't have corroded so fast. We ride on the beach on the Imana, and I've done 2 now, my frame is still fine, although I took preventative measures.

 

Ditto, but then again the bike was thoroughly washed down, dried and lubed before I had a shower myself. And when I got back stripped and serviced it properly.

 

I think that leaving salt water/sand on for a few weeks must be very destructive particularly on the components

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