Repairs & Maintenance

Maintaining Aluminium Frames

Clean and wash your frame regularly, to remove sweat and or sports drinks from the paint work, as these can help cause corrosion to set in from the outside of the frame, especially "Coca Cola" which is acidic. Clean around the tight areas of the frame like cable guides and derailleur mounts. This is where corrosion can easily start in those hard to get to areas. This applys especially to heavy sweaters and triathletes because swimming in salt water and sweating on your frame can lead to corrosion and paint flaking off, if it is not removed from the paint surface. I have seen some shocking results of this over the years and you are not covered by warranty for this.


With alloy frames we suggest you periodically check them for fatigue. Fatigue can happen to any alloy frame irrespective of the manufacturer, as alloy doesn't have the same life as steel. Most high end manufacturer's will give 2 years warranty for alloy frames.

Maintaining Steel Frames

To maintain steel frames we suggest that you spray inside the frame tubing FISH OIL, CAVITY WAX or a frame saver mixture from the time of purchase. These metal preservants are available from automotive parts shops for around $10 to $20 for a pressure pack can. This way you will have a protective film on the inside of the tubing which helps prevent any rust or corrosion internally. You need to spray inside the tubes from the beginning not after corrosion has started because you are only sealing in the corrosion. If you allow water to sit inside the frame , not even fish oil will prevent corrosion.

Be aware that the frame top tube frame can hold moisture . Water can enter the frame by riding in wet weather or washing and hosing the frame. We recommend that you disassemble and check the frame periodically for moisture, and reapply fish oil at this time. To remove water tip the frame so it can drain out.

If you have a fall we suggest that you check or have your frame inspected by a qualified person. Frame alignment can be affected and frame damage may be evident from a fall or crash.

If your frame is chrome plated we strongly recommend the fish oil maintenance inside all the tubes. To polish chrome we suggest baby powder on a soft cloth.

Wash you frame to remove sweat and or sports drinks from the paint surface as these can help rust set in from the outside especially "Coca Cola" which is acidic. Clean around the tight areas of the frame like cable guides and derailleur mounts. This is where corrosion can easily start in those hard to get to areas.

Repairs

Paul Hillbrick @ work in the workshopCan your broken frame be fixed? In most cases, yes it can. Broken tips or dropouts, tube replacements, cracked and bent frames can be fixed at an affordable price call or email us a picture so we can advise you.

Hillbrick Racing Frames are fully qualified to handle all manner of bicycle repairs:

  • Geometry Assessments and/or Measurement
  • Steel Frame Repairs
  • Aluminium Frame Repairs
  • Carbon Reglues
  • Frame Alignment
  • TIG Welding - Steel and Aluminium
  • Warranty Repairs
  • Frame Painting
  • Machining and Manufacture of Tooling and Workshop Equipment for the Bicycle Industry.

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