I have begun the dismantling and clean up of the Bennett. It is the first time I have dismantled a bike this far and I am thoroughly enjoying the process of taking parts off it and cleaning, polishing and servicing them. I’ve used WD40, then wet alfoil, on the chromed parts and various grades of wet and dry paper on the alloy parts which, after a bit of experimentation, has proven to be the most effective way of achieving the best shine.
The rear wheel rim came up much better than the front one due to the protection afforded it by chain grease.
I am pushing the boundaries of my mechanical expertise here and will not completely dismantle the bike to paint it, but will tape it up for the spray paint job. I considered breaking the chain but was persuaded by the owner of my local bike shop that this is a job for experts and not to attempt it. I will, however, grease the front wheel bearings as it needs to be done and is a job I can manage.