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Old 07-27-05, 07:35 PM   #1
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Rusting Gears

I recently went into the local good will store trying to hunt a commuter bike down. I found one that I liked, it is just a bit rusty. The frame its self didn't appear to have any rust, just the cassete and cranks. Is it possible to restore this bike without having to buy new cranks and cassette? I clearly will have to buy a chain and do another once over of the frame.


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Old 07-27-05, 08:53 PM   #2
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If the hubs, BB, and freewheel/freehub spin freely, just replace the chain. The riding will buff off most of the rust. You can remove the chainrings and clean them with steel wool. Bolt cutters work best to remove the old chain. Hopefully the derailuiers and shifters work OK and the brakes are in good order.
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rust of cassette is okay. If its just surface rust on the chain or cassette, it will come off during riding.
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