I built my new dean project for a quick test ride (and despite some chain suck), I loved it, and with the pacific single speed getting lots of use around the village, I've realised my preference in dimensions and measured everything. What's clear is that even dropping a frame size in the marin doesn't resolve everything, and with the dean and pacific, that 3 marins is just too much so one has to go. I just prefer the riding positions achieved on the dean and pacific to the marins
Emotionally the 92 Eldridge is hard to part with given had it from new and emotional ties. The other two were had second hand off here, the pine frame is quite rusty and needs stripping and painting, the 91 eldridge basically the same frame as the pine is in better nick but need to do the forks. Both are built into bikes, but I assume in terms of realising cash it would be better to sell as bits.......so what do people think - head vs heart ?
oh and the last thing, as I have well and truly caught the retrobike disease was wondering about Kona's or an Orange and did think maybe could ditch a marin frame and swap onto a Kona for something different ? what would the Kona or Orange equivalent of the Eldridge or Pine be, ie DX type equipment with a bit of XT thrown in from the early 90s or maybe earlier, is there an iconic frame of that era that would be worth me looking out for ?