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Old 03-27-08, 07:32 PM   #1
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Fixing my new Cruiser-TN

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My name is Stephen, my buddy just got me into bikes and I've been looking for one all week. Finally found one today at a metal scrapyard and pulled it out for 8$. Anyways, I don't know much about bikes and I'll probably need some help getting this badboy on the road. Here's how it sits in my garage.






Here are the whitewalls that were on it, they're pretty shot...
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With a bit of work, that will turn out nice. Welcome to the forums.
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Hi EzCruiser, run a search for 'oxalic acid'...and remember to take photos of your project as you go!


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"a rust remover in such applications as automotive shops and for the restoration of antiques."

I'll definitely check this out. I'm headed back to the scrapyard today to see if I can score some more stuff. I've found my first problem.

My pedals don't turn. At all, frozen in place. My friend said there are bearings in there that are likely super rusted. Is this something that can be fixed? Can I get new bearings at lets say, walmart?
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You can probably buy pedals and grease at walmart, but will have to find a good bike shop or hardware store to find loose ball bearings.

The mechanics forum and the classic and vintage forum would be great jumping off points in your search for information about restoring your find.
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"a rust remover in such applications as automotive shops and for the restoration of antiques."

I'll definitely check this out. I'm headed back to the scrapyard today to see if I can score some more stuff. I've found my first problem.

My pedals don't turn. At all, frozen in place. My friend said there are bearings in there that are likely super rusted. Is this something that can be fixed? Can I get new bearings at lets say, walmart?
The pedals don't turn, or they don't pedal?

It sounds as if you may need to redo the bottom bracket...which could be tough, because you have what are known as 'cottered' cranks.

Try squirting a bunch of Liquid Wrench or PB Blaster anywhere things appear to not be moving properly, and let us know what happens.

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Get ready for a labor of love/hate.

At a glancing estimate, it'll take you what a new version of that bike costs to fix it...not including your labor. There's nothing wrong at all with restoring an old bike, just keep in mind that it can often cost more than you might think. Aftermarket parts are expensive, Huffy cruisers are cheap.
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I squirted some oil in there and now the pedals are working. You can hear that some of the bearings are shot though, if I get it apart I can grease everything but idk if the rust will let me do that. I got a seat from the scrapyard along with some newish wheels (whitewall even!) Also picked up a bike for my sister and only had to pump up the tires and get a new chain (several of the links were frozen). The only thing really holding me back now is my chain. Walmart only offered 2 chains, one for multispeed bikes and one for 1-3 speed bikes. The multispeed fit my sisters bike perfect but the 1-3 was too short for mine. The multispeed length chain will be much too long for this bicycle. What should I do to remedy this?

Also, I'll go take some pictures right now and get them up.
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I squirted some oil in there and now the pedals are working. You can hear that some of the bearings are shot though, if I get it apart I can grease everything but idk if the rust will let me do that. I got a seat from the scrapyard along with some newish wheels (whitewall even!) Also picked up a bike for my sister and only had to pump up the tires and get a new chain (several of the links were frozen). The only thing really holding me back now is my chain. Walmart only offered 2 chains, one for multispeed bikes and one for 1-3 speed bikes. The multispeed fit my sisters bike perfect but the 1-3 was too short for mine. The multispeed length chain will be much too long for this bicycle. What should I do to remedy this?

Also, I'll go take some pictures right now and get them up.
Try some oxalic acid on the chain, too. Or, it could be that the chain is too gummed up with grease and gunk. Otherwise, you should be able to use a chain breaking tool to shorten the new chain...

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Blue seat I found at scrapyard


Sisters *new* bike


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I think you'll find that the biggest difference between the two chains is how WIDE the link is, and the skinnier chain won't fit over your cruiser sprocket. I recommend you get an inexpensive chain tool at a hardware store and use it to take a section out of your OLD chain and add it to your NEW 1-3 speed chain.
The tool works easily, and once you've practiced a bit on the old chain pushing the pins out and back in I think you'll be okay.
TRICK: push the pin out almost all the way, then flex the chain sideways to open it. If the new chain comes with a master link you should splice the links in a way that keeps the master link in the chain. It's handy when you need to open the chain.
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