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When I was doing bike rehab for Christmas Anonymous I saw many bikes like this. It can be good or it can be bad, depending on how much weather it's seen. First thing is to do the obvious -- wash it (we used a power washer), clean & oil the chain, clean and oil the derailers. If it's been in the weather enough then the cables will rusted solid and will ...


I doubt you're going to be able to get the original color of the metal back, and the rust is pretty much aesthetic, so don't worry about it. If you really want to try this, you'd likely need to take the chainrings off the bike (which may require a crank puller, which you likely don't have), use something like phosphoric acid to remove the rust, then either ...


A bit of very fine wire wool with spray oil on the rusty handlebars should clean them up a bit. Regarding the gear cables - new inners and housings are very cheap, so you'd be better replacing them rather than trying to make old corroded ones work.

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