Join Date: May 2011
Location: Beautiful Rohrsburg, Pa.
Well, all I can say is that we've lowered and raised a bunch of bikes over the years that use flat links, and have never had a single problem. 3/16 steel is plenty stout and if prepped properly, corrosion isn't an issue.
First, you have to get the metal really clean... that means the oil / cosmoline that's present to prevent it from rusting during shipping and storage, (Brakeclean works well).. We prime anything fabbed with self etching primer and finish with either acrylic enamel or basecoat / clearcoat, depending on where it's located. If it worries you that much, there are powdercoating places just about everywhere...