Hi! I've got an old Peugeot bike that I'm trying to refurbish and convert to a fixie. It's not in very good condition. I'm in the process of taking all the parts off so I can sand it down and repaint it. I can't get the crank or fork off, however.
The fork should be the easier problem to solve, but I can't seem to figure out how it comes off. I unscrewed everything that looks like it can be screwed but the fork still isn't budging from the stem, which makes me think there is still something holding it down.
I also can't tell if it's supposed to detach here at the unpainted metal:
or down here at the bottom of the fork:
They both look like it should come apart here but they're not even wiggling. No amount of wd-40 has helped either. Anybody know if I'm going about this the wrong way?
The other problem is the crank cotters, which are fairly screwed up.
Compounding the problem is the fact that I don't have any bicycle-specific tools or any good punches short of a screwdriver.
Anybody have any tips or have an unusual method that worked for them? Judging by how much of a pain these are I'm almost definitely going to just buy a new crankset so I don't have to deal with them anymore (which defeats the purpose of my project bike a little though .) Therefore I won't mind too much if you have a method that will ruin the crankset (obviously not preferable though.)
Thanks for the help! I've been reading old posts from this site all week, you guys seem great!