I finally got the bike at the top of my "Must have" list, Raleigh International in my size (58cm). I'm trading my 56cm International for the 58cm f/f. Now the bad, at some point in the bikes life a PO added some braze ons and moved some others, no big deal. The big deal (at least to me) is that they painted over ALL THE CHROME!!!! To make matters worse, the actually prepped it properly, so even with the paint stripped off it looks like a$$.
So at this point I guess my options are 1) rechrome (what I REALLY want to do) 2) paint the lugwork a contrasting color (perhaps bright metallic silver?) 3) make it look good and resell it hoping to get one with decent chrome as a keeper.
I can deal with bad paint, a few tiny dings, even a slightly tweaked (fixable of course) frame/fork, but I can't fix bad chrome.
If I pursue option 1, do you guys have any recommendations for reasonable, decent chrome work? I know its going to be expensive
I know its supposed to be all about the ride, but chrome is SOOO cool! Thanks!