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    New guy from Portland, OR

    Hi everyone, I just came across this forum today. I was looking for a good way to de-rust old bikes that my mom has stored at her house when I decided to try a forum search. I'll be taking on the project of repairing and restoring these bikes, and I can't think of a better resource than this community. I live out in Beaverton now near 185th/Rock Creek (my house is on the golf course, and I love the trail near Bethany Pond), but I'll be moving down on Corbett near the Watertower Mall in a month or so. Does anyone have any good suggestions for trails around there? I already found the path along the river that goes past Old Spagetti Factory and that park with the tennis courts. Thanks!

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    Welcome. If you're into paths, cross the river at the Steel Bridge and head over to the Eastbank Esplanade. That will take you onto the Springwater Corridor, both of which put the Willamette Greenway to shame. Heading north into downtown makes for some perfectly fine street riding. I'd recommend riding on the weekends until you get the hang of downtown, and then you'll be fine for all days of the week.

    What you really need is maps, and the City of Portland can deliver in that department. Go to this page, and you can call and have a complete set mailed to you for free. Also, you might as well shell out the $6 and get the brand new 2007 edition of the Metro Bike There! map. You can buy it online here, or you can get it at most area bike shops and at Powell's. The most excellent thing about these maps is that they color-code the streets and trails according to how low or high auto trafficed they are and they also circle problem intersections and stretches with the color red.

    Finally, if you don't already know, Bike Portland is the home page for all things bicycle within the city. The Links page cannot be beat. I go there daily.
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    Hello Fabninja, in case your search did not reveal the secret--'oxalic acid' .

    What kind of bikes are you looking to de-rust? Make certain you post photos in the Classic & Vintage forum, please? Also, we don't have any members of C & V who post photos in our 'where'd you ride today' who are located in Portland--perhaps you can fill us in?

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    Thanks for all the great info donnamb. I had never heard of those websites before, and it looks like they have a wealth of information! Next time I ride out at my new place I will definitely check out the Springwater Corridor, it sounds great.

    East Hill - I'm looking for a non-toxic, environmental friendly method of de-rusting such as EcotecŪ Liquid Rust Remover. Do you know if Oxalic acid is safe?

    She has a few old cruizer/comfort bikes that need to be cleaned up. I was already considering doing a before and after photo journal, so you asking me to post pictures just seals the deal. I'm also a huge photography buff so I would be glad to post photos in the "Where'd you ride today?" for Portland. I'll be getting a new Nikon SLR soon, so that will be a fun project.

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    To tell you the truth, it's entirely possible that the Ecotec is based on oxalic acid. I do believe that oxalic acid would be considered non-toxic, and environmentally friendly. It's found naturally occurring in a pestiferous little plant that probably exists right now in your lawn (well, if you have a lawn ). That plant would be.....Oxalis .

    We'd really love to see photos of your bikes, it would be especially nice to see them in action in the C & V thread. By the way, we are quite fond of 'urban reality' photos, so don't assume that we only want to see pretty photos.

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    East Hill, I'm trying to find a product that contains oxalic acid but am not coming up with anything. I called Home Depot and the only thing they have is Naval Jelly. Do you have a product name for it? Thanks.

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    Here's a whole slew of good threads on the whole oxalic acid thing:

    http://www.google.com/search?q=site:...+acid&ie=UTF-8

    I think you'll have no problem finding oxalic acid after you read a few of the BF threads, and a number of them go into some good detail on how to use it. If you still have questions, come visit us at C & V .

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    Thanks for answering all my questions East Hill. I didn't know about that neat Google function. I'll keep researching oxalic acid and will let you know when I have made progress on the restore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabninja
    I'll be taking on the project of repairing and restoring these bikes, and I can't think of a better resource than this community.
    You will post pix, right?? Welcome to the forums!

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    Definitely I will.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fabninja
    Thanks for answering all my questions East Hill. I didn't know about that neat Google function. I'll keep researching oxalic acid and will let you know when I have made progress on the restore.
    Thanks! We'll look forward to photos .

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