Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Smyrna, Georgia
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Cleaning up this old Raleigh
I've started disassemblying this old Raleigh Tourist. I'd like to get some advice on a couple of things.
First, the original pedals. Ordinarily, I'd dunk these in a solution of Simple Green or some similar cleaner. But, these have steel ball bearings and a water based solution can't be good for that. I'd probably never be able to get all the water out before rusting starts. So, does anyone have a suggestion on cleaning these?
The second issue is the wheel. There is minor rust on the inside and around the nipples. I'd really like to dip this wheel in Oxalic acid solution to completely remove all the rust. This shouldn't be a problem, but afterwards, what would you recommend applying to the wheel to keep rust from coming back. It's not really possible to apply wax/polish around the nipples, as it will get into the holes and you can't remove it. Suggestions?