I'm new, I mean really new. But I have this bike I want to salvage. Granted, it was me who left it out in the elements for so long, so I don't even want other people to see it, much less fix it for me. It's pretty wrecked though. The casing on the shift cables is split and broken off, every exposed bolt and nut is covered with rust, and the chain is probably a complete writeoff. The frame is steel, and it's got rust spots showing through the paint. The inner tubes are useless, and the tires themselves are pretty badly cracked and damaged.
Still, if I want a hopeless case to hack with, this is the one, considering I've got another bike to ride for now. I'd like to get my salvage cycle up to a 7 mile commute, or at least strip it down and reassemble it to learn the basics.
So my question is, what do I do first? My first instinct is to completely disassemble it; but considering how trashed some of the components are, reassembling "as is" isn't really an option. Still, taking the cassette apart and cleaning it, hell any of the parts I can clean up will be educational, right?
As for the bike itself, it looks to me to be a hybrid, as it's not quite mountain, but definitely not road. It's a Schwinn Woodlands, and I think it's maybe a mid-90's bike.
If there is any kind of starting-out advice you good folks can bestow upon me, I'd take it as a kindness. I realize y'all probably take much better care of your rides than I have in the past, but is there something one can use to do basic rust cleanup? Or is it as simple as CLR?
Thanks in advance!