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Oooold steel frame with crank prob
Fellow bike mates,
it was just two days ago when i found this lovely steel frame attached to some garbage at a garage sale. It is a grey Mercier (french, at the time the main competition to Peugeot bikes, I guess back in the 70s and 80s). You know the type with a partial chrome plated fork, lugs and tubes brazed together, no welds. To cut a long story short: My new to-be-refurbished-and-converted-to-singlespeed-frame...
Stripped it down neatly and kept some parts as they were really nicely done with a love for the detail such as the brakes, the pump holder, ... had some problems removing the headset though.
Now the problems remains with the cranks which gave me some hard time. I got loose the locking nuts but the cranks are still fastend with what is called by Barnett's bicycle manual a "cottered crank pin". It seems the guy that owned the bike before he put it on the pile of junk where I found it must have ridden the bike with the cotter pins loose and the crank arms dangling back and forth with every revolution. The pins ar now nicely bent out of shape and curved it seems. Barnett recommends plenty of oil and praying and some tool I don't have nor want to buy. Has anyone had a similar problem and found a way to solve it other than Barnett? I already tried a big fat hammer...
Would be grateful for any help on this guys!!