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First off, I'll say I'm meticulous about my V and this is why I've noticed this so quickly.

My bike sits outside in the poor weather. (I'd get it a hotel room if I could.) I live in dorms and there's nowhere to store my bike safely or under 100% cover. There's a overhang but on weekends that same area is occupied by drunk people getting too wasted to be anywhere near my V.

The bike is covered just about 100% of the time though with a good Covermax.

I noticed, however, that after this past weekend's massive thunderstorms that there are faint ammounts of rust colored areas near the edges of the 'inner' part of my front brake disc, it's not on the actual braking area itself, but I don't care. It needs to be gone! And not come back.

Any tips, comments, suggestions, or otherwise? Seriously, I'm starting to consider that hotel room.

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Unfortunately, that's what happens with outside storage. Are you sure one of the drunks isn't taking a whizz on your front wheel?
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I don't think so, it's just built up on the inside edges like I said. We had a TON of rain this weekend. (Probably because I installed my lowering kit and did my first 300's first oil change.)

Though I guess I could run a small electrical current through my bike or something to discourage the 'whizzing' if there is some.

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I don't think so, it's just built up on the inside edges like I said. We had a TON of rain this weekend. (Probably because I installed my lowering kit and did my first 300's first oil change.)

Though I guess I could run a small electrical current through my bike or something to discourage the 'whizzing' if there is some.
If you do, set up a video camera to catch the reactions! Man that would be funny!!!






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at least you dont live near the ocean like me...i feel your pain.

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Bear: I'll be sure and do that for you. Kiiiinda creepy but I gotcha man.

Creeper: Yeah, looks like I'm going to have to tough it out, maybe look at replacing the discs. Probably just keep my eyes on it and keep it maintained. I don't have the salt but I definately have the humidity.

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That's totally normal, and so far as I know, unavoidable. I suppose you could try and lightly sand the rust off then put some anti-rusting agent there (don't get any on the actual braking surface of the disc).

You'll be fighting a losing battle. Chemistry always wins.
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IF you change discs for a little rust better buy discs in BULK, 'cause you'll be doing it again... and again...!
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Possibly find some stainless discs, and do what schleppy said with my current ones.

Not to mention getting tapes of people getting shocked for whizzing on my bike.

I had 'some' rust colored buildup on my chain over the weekend but a quick run to the store was enough to get rid of that. I'm just keeping a very sharp eye on every inch of my bike and making sure it stays in tip-top shape.

And I slept through my Chemistry class.

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actually, a small electrical current could be a plus...It's called cathodic protection...and would allow the whole bike to "Corrode" at the same rate!
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That's like diodes on ships and dams right? Only it'd turn my bike into a diode and perhaps slow the mass effect but instead spread it out and reduce the overall effect?

My imagination is leaning between whether that would be good, it kinda sounds good.

Then again, it also makes me wonder if it would be possible to design a diode for my bike that would cause the rust to corrode the diode and leave my precious V in mint condition.

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the theory is that it'll reduce or help eliminate the problem...and you are correct. It causes the metal to corrode at the same rate if it corrodes, and you would want it all in copper. a milliamp will do the trick...I'll have to go check what a milliamp feels like...may be a little tingle!

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Haha, I'll have to ask some folks I know and see what they think too, could be an interesting project to work on.

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I ride my bike all-weather(light snow/rain/sun). I clean it pretty often. I always have rust on that part of the brake disks.
What you'll need.
1. Naval Jelly Rust Dissolver
2.Wire brush
3. Rag

Apply the rust dissolver according to directions (let sit for a few minutes or so). I use an old toothbrush for this. Then while the goo is still on there work the wire brush a bit. Wipe clean and you're good as new.

Best thing about the naval jelly is that its purple so you can see it so if you get it anywhere you don't want to, you can quickly remove it. Also its a goo so it wont be as easy to accidentally get it somewhere you don't want it to be.
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Could this the future of a lifetime brake rotor?
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