Machine Bicycle Co.

handmade bicycles.

Paint Care

A small amount of regular care and attention is the key to maintaining the long lasting beauty of your painted frame. We recommend the following care:

  • Avoid keeping your painted frame in full sunlight—over time concentrated UV rays may fade the color.
  • Immediately wipe off any corrosive or acidic substances such as sap, juice, sunscreen, tar, chemicals, or animal droppings.
  • Never use acetone on painted surfaces.
  • Wipe off dirt with a soft cloth using soap and water or any paint-safe cleaning product.
  • If your chainstays are painted, consider a chainstay protector to avoid chain-slap chipping.

Machine Cycles Steel Frame Care and Maintenance

Your Machine is made from high quality steel tubing. One of our final steps in this hand-built process is to treat the inside of your frame with a special rust inhibitor. While this preventive measure is important, it does not protect your frame against the inevitable onset of rust. Rust is a naturally occurring phenomenon with some metals when they are exposed to oxygen and water. When moist air comes in contact with steel, rust forms. Aside from not looking good, rust also weakens your frame’s integrity. Over a long period of time rust can be so damaging that your frame could fail, which can be dangerous.

Machine's limited frame warranty does not cover damage caused by rust. In order to help your frame last a lifetime, we recommend that you and your bicycle mechanic follow these rust preventing steps:

Bike Assembly

When installing components, apply a liberal amount of grease to these contact points:

  • bottom bracket threads and shell
  • head tube and headset
  • seat post and the inside of the seat tube
  • under the seat binder collar
  • rear derailleur threads
  • water bottle bolt threads
  • bottom bracket cable guide bolt
  • brake bolts
  • barrel adjuster threads
  • housing ferrules
  • fender and rack bolts
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Protecting the Inside of Your Frame

A rust inhibitor such as Frame Saver™ or Boeshield T-9™ is the very best defense against rust. We strongly recommend applying a rust inhibitor to the inside of your frame at least once a season; however, the more you ride in wet conditions, the more applications we suggest. It is not possible to apply rust inhibitor too often or too liberally.

Post Ride Care

After wet rides, always remove your seat post and set your bike upside down overnight to allow any water that found its way in, to find its way out. Some bikes have a bottom bracket drainage hole but that is not enough to protect the inside of your frame against rust. Even if you don’t think you have ridden in water, it’s best to do this a few times a month as a preventative measure.

Protecting the Outside of Your Frame

Frequently inspect your frame for paint chips. Repair chips with touch up paint to protect the exposed steel from the elements.

Season End

We recommend removing all parts from your frame at the end of each riding season. There are two reasons for this: the first is so your mechanic can reapply a coating of a rust inhibitor to the inside of your frame; the second reason for disassembly is to reapply grease to all of the components mentioned above.

Performing these preventative steps will ensure that your steel Machine will serve you well for many years to come. Please contact Machine if you have any questions.