Rust on the Pacific
There is an aspect of triking along the Pacific coast that did not occur to me prior to the recent Pacific Coast Tricycle Adventure. Having lived at the beach now for nearly 19 years, I figured I had a good handle on what coastal living is like, from a triker’s perspective. I’ve been riding the Q around these parts for five years, and have never experienced this new issue.
Well, live and learn! On the PCTA, the trike was out in the elements of nature around the clock for 19 days, whereas at home, after a 50 mile day ride, the Q is quickly stashed in the garage. Maybe it was those foggy nights of coastal salt air, but I have two photos to show you of two areas where rust took hold during the overland journey. No other parts of the trike or gear had a problem.
The pedals and the drivechain suffered a prolonged attack of rapid oxidation. Bummer. I am glad no rust occurred anywhere else. On my inland journeys, rust has never been a consideration.