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Old 07-01-08, 07:47 AM   #1
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Have I wrecked a nice old frame?

Heips peeps, newbie here (and very new to actually taking apart bikes).

So I found a dumpster bike a few weeks back, everything was pretty much junk except for a rather nice frame, lugged steel, old Crescent. I'm looking at building it up and learning a bunch (a LOT) in the process.

The problem is, it's a Finnish bike so it's got one of those welded-on wheel locks that we all love here. I took a hacksaw to the lock, and the centre bolt just ate the teeth on the saw. Tried for days to pick it, no joy. So I started in on the part that isn't exactly the frame per se, but is welded to the frame. It's working although it's slow going, but because I am a complete idiot and don't really know much about stuff like this, it was only afterwards that I realized that the frame could pretty easily succumb to a ravenous rust. Or?

How should I continue? Should I continue to saw off this tumour of a lock and then repaint or spray with something or have I ruined a perfectly good chucked-away frame? There are pictures here, in which you can sort of see the lock:

Thanks supremely for your advice. I might be stupid now, but I won't be forever.
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Old 07-01-08, 09:26 AM   #2
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Mixtes are always worth saving.

From what little I can see in the pics the frame looks solid.

So long as your hacking doesn't bite into the frame I don't why you can't lose the lock, clean up the frame, and give it a fresh coat of something if you want.

Wish I could find something like that in a dumpster...
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A 4" grinder with a cut-off blade would smoke through that lock. Of course that isn't something everyone has.
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I would have also considered keeping the lock and having a locksmith re-key it for you. That built-in lock thing is cool. Too bad we are too "spandex-clad" as a group in this country to appreciate things like that.

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