they dont look too worn, i just dont like the colour. would prefer the polished look. wouldnt that take away some of their appeal though?
ha, i might have to take you up on that offer as my DIY skills are questionable to say the least. i'd drop the whole bike off to be polished if you like
i have to be honest though, the bike was quite a good ride on the weekend. needs a new saddle and the gear shifters are a bit of a PITA but overall it was ok (better than spending £££ on a new bike)
It will take away a little bit of the appeal if the cranks aren't the original colour, but Cook Bros cranks are quite sought-after, so it won't pose too much of an issue. If they don't look too worn however, then I'd suggest living with the colour and keeping them original, just in case you decided to sell them in future. Another option might be to remove the anodising from the crank arms and polishing them up, and leaving the spider (the bit that the chainrings bolt to) in the original colour.
I'd be happy to clean it all up for you if you lived locally
What shifters are on it? If they're thumbshifters (mounted on top of the handlebar) then they're quite desirable too, depending on their condition. It sounds like the rest of the bike has been built to a fairly high spec, so it wouldn't surprise me if the bits were decent too.