|Seat springs, before|
I always like to try the path of least resistance first, so I tried just rubbing off the rust with the steel wool. The rust basically flew off the handle bars instantly. It took a little more elbow grease to remove rust from the seat springs, but I got most of it off- at least from the parts I could reach. I failed to remove the rust from every other spot that I tried. Basically, I learned that if steel wool doesn't make a difference after two minutes of rubbing, it will never work.
|After steel wool scrub session.|
|Small improvements to the places I could reach after steel wool session.|
I grabbed the lemon from the fridge, quartered it, and covered a wedge with salt. I wasn't getting ready for tequilla shots. Two folks on the internet said that this was another way to remove rust. (Actually they both said lime, but I didn't have a lime so lemon it was.)
|Salt + Lemon = Rust Remover?|
Now, this post could also be called "How Not to Remove Rust From an Old Bike." Some of the rust did come off, but not much. The brackets are still spotted with rust on the top and there was no change on the vertical part. Maybe they were just too rusty to be helped.
|A minor improvement post lemon and salt (sorry about the glare)|
I decided there is no way in hell my health is less important than removing rust from a bicycle. If I discover another natural method of rust removal, I'll give it a go. In the meantime, I'll be totally green and a little rusty around the edges.
|Lucy is a stunt cat. Don't try this at home.|