I've just rescued this old girl from a ride to the tip. It belonged to the mother-in-law of a colleague. Jan 1980 and everything works beautifully (the bike, not the MIL!). It was covered in dust and the chrome has been smeared with grease/vaseline (that could well apply to the MIL). It doesn't look as though it's been used very much at all (ditto re MIL). Still has a paper label wrapped around the front hub
The rims have a little pitting, but nothing too drastic and I do have a pair of stainless jobbies on a 1953 lady's bike that's awaiting treatment - unless Graham has a spare pair kicking about of course
It might be only a late Raleigh, but it means that SWMBO now has a comfy bike to ride until I finish the restoration of the 1930 version. I'll also fit the flowery- embossed Brooks leather saddle so she can get used to it
Best of all - it was a freebie
How good is that?
Graham, if I get to York, I'll keep the mk1 eyeballs peeled for you.