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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:20 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Location: Bristol, UK
Today i bought a retro Rockhopper. Bought it for £20 on a whim because i used to ride one back in the early 90s and i loved it.
This one was bought blindly and i let my heart rule my head. Its a wreck.
Took it to a couple of shops and they reckon £175 - £200 to get it going well. OUCH.
my problem now is do i trash it or look around for parts and do it up and get it rideable as cheap as i can, or do i go for a mid life project and full renovate ?

This one has gripshift (which i hate) needs all new cables, front mech, rear mech and casette, and the Ritchey rims are a little worn. I already have an ok flat bar racer, and a Dawes Discovery 601 so wife is already on my case, but i have been looking for one of these for ages and really dont know if its worth the trouble.

Pics to follow


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:26 pm 
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If you have been looking for one for ahes - do it up.

Dont forget though, the shops wouldve quoted you full retail and their own labour charges too.

Retrobike will be your friend here as long as you have some basic skills.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:34 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Frame is scratched to hell as well, and just saw a much better one on ebay thats going to go for around £80 i reckon.

trouble is now i feel like im responsible for it, it needs love.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 5:36 pm 
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Easy peasy to build up and get riding with the treasure trove of Retrobike and ebay. Never get a bike shop to fix up your bike if you can do it yourself, they have profit margins to consider, you don't :wink:

At the very least get it rideable and see if you still love the ride then make a descision.


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:38 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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i can do some simple stuff but cranks and mechs are beyond me


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:50 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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cant post a pic as my camera takes too large an image, even with the settings turned to small ! i will find something and post a pic.

she is a kind of duck egg blue with black transfers, all alu frame and forks

would like to know what year so i can trace parts,


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 6:55 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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here she is !


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 7:03 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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