It's rusted on and won't come off. Some reach for a certain stinky penetrating solvent (WD40) but it doesn't really work well for this kind of thing. Here's what does:
Shock and awe (there are no lubricants or solvents in this particular 'ible).
Shock is provided with a hammer. Awe comes from the awesome power of hellfire... or a little propane torch, pick one.
This technique has resurrected many rusty bikes in salty places like Montreal.
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So many people have spoken of their success with various penetrating oils, I can't even keep track of them anymore. Please view the comments at the end.
Some people have kindly spoken in favour of penetrating lubricants as well. Whyteboar
all advise using PB Blaster and letting it soak in repeatedly. mastershake916
is partial "Yield" by Chemsearch and dlaninga1
suggests JB80 metal conditioner. rimar2000
says "You MUST try using liquid phosphating. You can dip the pieces many hours or days into normal liquid phosphating. It does not attack hands or skin."
Also, mastershake916 asked what I wanted the cog for. It was going to go on a Stokemonkey electric bike motor using an adapter but I changed my mind. You see, I'm building a electric/solar/pedal car
in an attempt to merge the superb efficiency and light weight of an electric bicycle with some of the features of a car. Kevanf1
had a neat idea: "...putting the lot into a freezer for 24 hours. Then try heating. But this time you will not have to bring the metal up to red hot and thus not risk changing the crystalline composition of the metal". Someone buy this dude a beer.