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Old 05-08-07, 03:11 PM   #1
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Shining up some old rusty rims.....

I just bought a old Free Spirit this weekend for $10. The rims are a bit rusty on it so I am wondering if there is something I can do to shine them back up.

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Also I was wondering if someone can help me figure out what year this bike was made. I included a pic also.


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The finest grade of wire wool + WD40 worked a treat for me on some real scrappy steel rims, once you've got them clean a good metal polish applied regularly will keep them sparkling..... or at least stop them getting any worse !!
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Zud cleanser and steel wool. Zud has oxalic acid and fine abasives, works great.
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Steel is a crappy material for rims. Be careful riding in the rain.
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Free Spirits are crappy too, but it's a $10 bike, shine it and make it sparkle!
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You can also try some Eagle One Never Dull. It's in the automotive cleaner section at Wal Mart or most auto parts stores. Look for a silver metal can and it is only about $4. Great stuff that will remove the rust and polish it up at the same time.
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Auto wheel cleaner and a brass brush. Works like a charm. It also keeps your fingers out of the spokes. Good for all chrome parts, and no it will not scratch. Done 100 or more parts with no damage.,,,,BD
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And not all Free Spirits are crappy. Some are Puch's?? I also saw one at the flea market with first gen Dura Ace brakes. I'll probably never figure that one out.,,,,BD
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I just looked, the one I have has Dia Compe brakes on it. Shimano Thunderbird FD and Eagle RR. I figured it was a cheaper bike but its gotta be worth $10 since I took it home and put air in the tires and have since put about 20 miles on it.

Thanks for the suggestions on the cleaners. Hopefully I can find time to get em shiney tomarrow!! I'll post more pics when I do it.
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