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Univega Alpina Country

I hope someone can help with my Alpina Country. I purchased this bike in 1991 and have put thousands of miles on it with little to no maintenance required. I love this bike! Well, it now needs a bottom bracket and the bike shop told me that they can't fix it because the bracket is "frozen" in. I worked on many old cars and never came across anything so frozen that it was irrepairable. I have a few questions... I'd like to replace it myself. What model bracket is the original- the cranks say Shimano on them. Can I use a torch to help get it out? What tool set would I need to get the old one out? What would be a decent replacement bracket? What do you think? I've been spraying liquid wrench on it for months. Any info will help me. I got nowhere with the manufacturer because they say the company changed hands back in the 90's.
Thanks, Rob
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