Removing braze-ons

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Ted Bennett

Warning, this might be appalling to some of you.

I have a nice crit frame made of Columbus SL (Stupid Light?) tubing and it has near-horizontal
dropouts and 126 spacing. I rarely ride it anymore and I want a fixed gear bike. I figured that if
I lopped off the derailer hanger, cable guides on the BB shell, the shifter posts and the cable
guides, it would be more pleasing to my eye. I like the original paint and decals which are in
good shape.

My questions are:

How can this be done with minimal paint damage? Careful sawing and filing? Once the frame is
nicely shaved, how can I best apply matching nail polish so that it doesn't look like too much of
a hack job?

Ted Bennett Portland OR
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