Continuing on with the process, I decided to push out a pin and remove the chain. It is 116 links long, so I need to be sure that the replacement is at least that long. A lot of chains now being sold contain only 114 links, so I need to be sure that it will be long enough for a touring bike with long chainstays and a 3×6 drivetrain.
With the chain off, the FD/RD came off next. The cranks were tight, but the puller removed them cleanly. I don’t think they could have been removed without it – at least not without damaging something. The NDS (left side) ring and cup came off easily, and the axle and both bearings came right out. The DS (right side) cup is really tight, and I may just clean it in place and leave it alone.
So now that the frame has everything removed, it’s time to polish and wax it. Actually I’ll clean up the DS cup first so that I won’t get any solvent on freshly waxed paint and then polish and wax the frame and fork.
Then it’s time to start reassembly. The BB will be first, then the headset and fork.