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Old 06-28-13, 03:45 PM   #1
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Abandoned Bike- Need advice

I am looking to do a FG/SS bike for myself. I don't think I'll ride a ton so I want to get into it for fairly cheap. The local market on anything that could be converted is crazy. The tri state has a lot of bike people so searching on Craigslist has been really hard. Prices are just too damn high. Anyways there has been a Schwinn World Sport abandoned on my block for over a year. Tire are tacoed, chain is rusted and off but the thing is locked up. I went to the police station and the guy told me that the City cuts them off from time to time and either junks them or auctions them. He then surprised me by saying "Just cut the lock, no one will care". I had thought of doing this myself but now that he told me to I think it's fine. Here is the problem, the bike has one of these on it http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp...FUGk4AodihMAEg. Probably the reason the City hasn't cut it off, this thing is nuts. I could go buy a bolt cutter but it wouldn't do the job I don't think. Any ideas on how to get it off short of a grinder? It's a free bike if I can figure this out.
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Old 06-28-13, 03:59 PM   #2
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I am looking to do a FG/SS bike for myself. I don't think I'll ride a ton so I want to get into it for fairly cheap. The local market on anything that could be converted is crazy. The tri state has a lot of bike people so searching on Craigslist has been really hard. Prices are just too damn high. Anyways there has been a Schwinn World Sport abandoned on my block for over a year. Tire are tacoed, chain is rusted and off but the thing is locked up. I went to the police station and the guy told me that the City cuts them off from time to time and either junks them or auctions them. He then surprised me by saying "Just cut the lock, no one will care". I had thought of doing this myself but now that he told me to I think it's fine. Here is the problem, the bike has one of these on it http://www.ems.com/product/index.jsp...FUGk4AodihMAEg. Probably the reason the City hasn't cut it off, this thing is nuts. I could go buy a bolt cutter but it wouldn't do the job I don't think. Any ideas on how to get it off short of a grinder? It's a free bike if I can figure this out.
I have seen youtube videos of this done. Is the chain hanging high off the ground? It needs to be on the ground to get good leverage with bow cutters...and you would need some seriously good bow cutters with replaceable jaws. Basically bow cutters worth a lot more than that bike...and the time and effort to remove the chain from that bike would be worth more than that bike.

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Old 06-28-13, 04:28 PM   #3
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You'll need a quick saw. Know any concrete guys or tool rental places?
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1. Is the bike white? If yes, leave it be. If not...
2. Is the frame even the right size for you? If not, leave it be.
3. If by "tire are tacoed" you really meant either one wheel or both wheels are bent, and given you'll probably have to not only replace the wheels and chain, and who knows what else... save your money and just buy an entry level SSFG complete bike from the online vendor of your choice. 'Projects' can get kinda pricey in a hurry if you don't have a bunch of parts laying around already.
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1. Is the bike white? If yes, leave it be. If not...
2. Is the frame even the right size for you? If not, leave it be.
3. If by "tire are tacoed" you really meant either one wheel or both wheels are bent, and given you'll probably have to not only replace the wheels and chain, and who knows what else... save your money and just buy an entry level SSFG complete bike from the online vendor of your choice. 'Projects' can get kinda pricey in a hurry if you don't have a bunch of parts laying around already.
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serious question, why leave it if its white?
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ahh of course haha. That went right over my head. I was thinking he meant "don't take it if its got a white frame"
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cheapest wheels youre gonna find are at least 100 from velomine, add tires (decent ones, were in the city after all) thats another ~100. 5 foot bolt cutters are probably ~50 unless you want to spend an afternoon with a hacksaw and a box of blades.

thats ~250 already without any other maintainence/tune up costs you most likely will encounter considering its been sitting in all weather for about a year. 50 more and bikesdirect gets you a band new bike that fits
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Like I said heavy duty bow cutters


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Old 06-28-13, 06:16 PM   #12
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While you're at it. There's a car parked outside my door, hasn't been moved for a couple years probably. I use it to lean the bike against while going in/out but I'd prefer to just have the space clear.
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who cuts bows???
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Abandoned cars.....wut.
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Tool rental. Home Depot, Ace Hardware, or Lowe's should have an angle grinder. Shouldn't be too expensive.
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