I’m generally partial to silvery aluminum bike components. Aluminum anodized black does have value–it can look great new–but certain components, most notably cranks, are easy to scratch and fade and wear and once there’s sufficient wear, the parts look pretty bad, worse then silver components with the same abuse and mileage.
I had long wondered what it took to turn a black ano’ part silver, and recently, I got the chance to do so. I decided to make a video of the experience.
Which you can find here: