I've been lurking for a few days and on my first bike-hunt, I bagged what I thought was a Schwinn, but turned out to be a Swedish made Crescent. The fenders are stainless steel and the rims are aluminum(AFAICT), the4 shifter works, and the generator and headlight/taillight even work.
It seems to be in good shape, with the exception of some paint drips from it's garage days, and a generous layer of grime.
Can anyone point me to a guide to cleaning for newbies?
I'm erring on the side of caution, since I recall someone here saying that Simple Green and the citrus degreasers could discolor aluminum.
and how far should I break it down?? Should I strip it all the way to the frame - ie; remove all the components, lights and tear down the wheels and remove the spokes?? or just hit it with some Ivory soap and a soft brush?? I'll do the general cleaning and then turn it over to my LBS for cables and hub and bearing service.
Any thoughts, input, jeers or derisive comments are welcomed.