Your wooden accessories have been treated to withstand the elements. An anti-tanin varnish has been applied. This varnish ensures that your wooden parts are not damaged by humidity.
The wood used, oak, is a wood that naturally has tannin. This tannin, which is present in the fibres, can rise to the surface when the wood is dampened, varnished, oiled, etc... This could create unsightly brown stains on your wood. We have applied an anti-tanin solution to prevent this tannin from rising to the surface and to preserve the aesthetic appearance of your accessories.
In order to preserve the quality and the aesthetics of your accessories as much as possible, it is advisable to follow a few rules:
Avoid placing your bike next to a source of high heat (such as a radiator), especially if your accessories are damp.
If your bike is soaking wet, if possible, try to wipe excess water off your accessories with a dry cloth.
At the end of its life, the varnish may slightly flake and no longer protect your parts. This is a normal process on varnished wood. To extend your accessories, you can :
Sand the entire surface of the wood with a fine grain until all the varnish is removed.
Clean the wood with a slightly damp cloth to remove all sanding dust.
Varnish your wood with an anti-tanin varnish, using a brush, or better, a special varnish roller.
Let your pieces dry by hanging them through one of the holes to avoid contact with the varnish and to avoid making marks.