I have this old mousetrap style rack from a Malvern Star which I had intended to install on my Speedwell, as it is about the same vintage …However, once the Speedwell had new wheels and a Shimano hub fitted to it, it was no longer compatible with the rack and would require some customisation of the rack to fit the bike. It does, however, fit the Bennett I am currently working on, so my plan now is to fit it to that bike and see how it looks and functions.
So I decided to spray paint it with chrome coloured paint and this is how it came up …I realise that the spray job will not be nearly as durable as proper chrome plating but it may look OK on the Bennett, and it is still fully functional. The metal has a nice handbeaten look about it which I think would be enhanced by taking it back to the metal and then chroming it and that is an option I may pursue in the future too.
This is it next to the chrome mudguard which is also destined for the Bennett …Hmmm, there is quite a bit of difference there, so I willl see how it all looks when it is fitted. If it does not work, Plan B will come into action and it will go to the Speedwell.