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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.

    Any suggestions?

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


    Thanks

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    ..... but at the end of the day we're all just dorks riding around on bicycles, right?

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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
    The one good thing about black cork wrap is that it's better than nothing.

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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
    The one good thing about black cork wrap is that it's better than nothing.

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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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    ..... but at the end of the day we're all just dorks riding around on bicycles, right?

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