I came across you lovely bunch whilst trying to source some bits for my trusty steed and decided to join in the fun.
I have owned the same bike since I got bitten by the MTB'ing bug long, long ago. It is a one and only circa 1991 Alpinestars Cro-Mega LX in faded and rusty white, complete with elevated overstays. My mate who worked in a local bike shop got hold of a frame for me at reduced cost (the importers were only just down the road in Newport) and we built it together. At the time we fitted it out with:
Exage 500LX chainset
Deore DX front mech
Deore LX rear mech
Deore LX hubs with Mavic rims
Deore LX cantis
Deore LX pods
ONZA bar ends
The only bits left from the original build are the chainset and the front mech, with the rear mech being written off in a big drop years ago. It now has a Deore rear mech and Deore DX pods (the LXs broke through heavy-handed usage). It now also has a more comfortable set of handle bar grips and a new Topeak saddle for those long rides in the country!
The bike and I have seen action in the Valleys of S Wales (my home area), The Midlands (Rutland to be more precise), Northumberland, Cyprus (Bombing down from Mt Olympus was just great!) and now Cornwall (blessed with loads of tracks and scenery). I don't really get out as much as I used to but this is partly due to work commitments and my aversion to getting wet unnecessarily!
My pet project at the moment is a frustrating attempt to add suspension to the front of the bike. With my peddler having the old Evolution 1 1/4" threaded headset, finding bits has been a bit of a search. What I have also found is that the steerer on my current forks seem to be a little longer than most at around 180mm. Ultimately I would like to remain with the threaded set as it is part of the bike's appeal! Any help form you guys with this would be much appreciated.
To finish the beast off it needs a new paintjob but I can't seem to find transfers (or even pictures of them) to add to it afterwards. Does anyone have any ideas on where to find these?
To conclude, I'm looking forward to chatting with you all and finding my long lost passion for cycling again
Keep up the good work and Mint Sauce for PM!