I've been doing up an old Pashley ladies shopper style bike. The guy I got it from seemed to think it was ex-Royal Mail, but I don't think it is. It has certainly been kitted out in a "post office style".
The frame and forks are being bead blasted and powder coated as I type, but it won't be repainted red. Everything seems structurally and mechanically sound. The only issue is with the rims.
They are 28 x 1 1/2 rims, which take a Fibrax 144 block on a stirrup brake. I believe they are the Westwood style rim. I've managed to source some new blocks, but I am a little concerned about the rims themselves. The spokes and hubs are fine, but the inside edge where the blocks push on to are rusted and what was once chrome now seems to have gone through to the base steel. I've tried some wire wool and wet & dry paper on it, but it does just take it back to the base metal - although TBH I'm not sure what else I expected to happen!. The surface remains very rough.
Whatever I put on them is likely to rub away in use anyway. Does any one have any advice/experience on what to do with these, if only to make them presentable?