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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 12:45 pm 
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Hi
Has anyone ever bought a bike just to strip a couple of nice bits from then junk the rest, only to find that its actually pretty nice and you end up wanting to keep and rebuild it ?
Im sure im not alone here lol !
While trawling through gumtree i saw a bike for sale , no name , no size , crap picture etc etc but i could just make out what looked like dx thumbshifters and levers , it was up for £30 and local so i thought i would grab it for the shifters and levers .
Well it turns out the guy was away for a couple of weeks so i didnt think much more of it until i get an email out of the blue asking if i was still interested , so i popped round and it turned out to be a very sorry looking 92 Saracen sahara elite , the drive train is shot to bits , wrong rear wheel and one shifter bracket was bent so i got it for a tenner :D
Anyway started to strip it and once all the nasty old junk is off the frame under the grim and mudguards it looks really nice and original , the only damage is a small dent in the top tube where a d lock bracket was and a bit of cable rub . So starting to polish the frame and watching the chance of junking it slipping away. Now i dont "need " another bike, i dont really have space , im still building the fisher , the mrs will kill me etc but :oops:
will put up some pics when i get a mo .
Cheers Paul


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:23 pm 
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Yep, been there. Bought a Diamond Back for the groupset. After a clean it turned out to be mint with hardly any wear to any parts. It was a good ride too, similar to early 90's Marin so it seemed a real shame to strip it. Still did though, in the end as I needed to recoup the cost of the bike. :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:25 pm 
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Bought a £25 Marin for a scrapyard ride. Still got it and use it as a road bike.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:30 pm 
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The History Man wrote:
Bought a £25 Marin for a scrapyard ride. Still got it and use it as a road bike.


That the actual bike - looks in fine nick? Looks big!

There's something I've always liked about STX kit.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:35 pm 
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i'm 6"3' its set up there for me.. Now has blue DMRs and Blue Bar ends and a Blue selle XO saddle........ Its as fast as a fast thing (for an MTB) :D

My first name's not Nick it's THE


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:43 pm 
Gold Trader / PoTM Winner / RB Rider
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The next post on this thread can buy it the next time they see me. If you post, you buy..........


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:50 pm 
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The History Man wrote:
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The bike? The spec? Or the double post?

As for the OP; nope, never bought a bike I didn't want.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:59 pm 
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I, am a circa philistine. :mrgreen:


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:01 pm 
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The History Man wrote:
I, am a circa philistine. :mrgreen:


Really? I thought it was just down to height...


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:54 pm 
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Judging by the amount of seatoost showing yiu woukd be ok on the frame next size down


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