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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:32 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Sun Jan 02, 2011 4:40 pm
Posts: 45
Location: Isle of Man

I'm Matt from the Isle of Man.

Been MTBing for about 4-5 years now, always ridden more modern stuff until now. Sold up all my other bikes, going to focus on other stuff for a while.

Just bought myself an Orange Clockwork off ebay for not much money(not entirely sure what year, Ad says '92, people on here seem to think more like 89-90).

It's mainly going to be used as a commuter but I still want it to be nice, so I'll probably sink a bit more into it to bring it up to what I want. Will have to see what sort of shape it's in when it arrives.

 Post subject: Another new face
PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 2011 5:36 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Sat Jan 08, 2011 5:19 pm
Posts: 20
Hi All,

Thought the polite thing to do was say hello before doing anything else. Normally, I can be found on Singletrack World. Best to be upfront, the reason I'm here is that I have a 2001 Intense Tracer ball burnished medium that I've not used for a couple of years and didn't use an awful lot when I had it build up. I know that sounds awful but I had an Intense Uzzi at the same time so the Tracer was always my "spare" bike I'm a little ashamed to say.

Anyway, I don't know if it's something that will be of interest on here. How old does a bike need to be before it's considered retro anyway? Any comment or advice would be appreciated. If you don't mind, I'll have a little nose around and see what peoples thoughts are.

In a previous life, I did work in a well respected bike shop so I'm more than happy to offer help and advice where I can.

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 12:09 am 
Dirt Disciple
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Joined: Sat Jan 08, 2011 6:10 pm
Posts: 40
Location: Belgium
Hail to you, brothers of the bracket. My name's Eric, 39, from Belgium, and I raced back in the 90es, after falling head over heels for a '92 Marin Indian Fire trail. Broke it even though it was an accident and then got a Manitou Hardtail, got it stolen a few months after... Seriously endebted over it, I had to move to a Cannondale Super V 900 ( yellow, initially my wife's... ) and ended up with an annoying Sunn.
Life hit me back and I had to work harder and had no time for riding anymore. I bumped into your website, felt at ease immediately and would dream about building both an Indian Fire Trail in XT and a Manitou HT in XTR (both size 17) if I could find some help here...

 Post subject: Hi!
PostPosted: Sun Jan 09, 2011 7:03 pm 

Joined: Sun Jan 09, 2011 5:49 pm
Posts: 8
Location: Washingborough, Lincs

I'm new to this site - I have just come into possession of a 1989 Raleigh Technium Heat and am on the search for info regarding this model. If you give me a little time, I'll post piccies and what info I do have to the pre 1997 forum.

Fabulous site, btw.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:34 pm 

Joined: Mon Jan 10, 2011 11:21 pm
Posts: 3
Found this site while looking for bits for my 1993 Cinder Cone........awesome awesome awesome - saw a pic of an AlpineStars Cro-Mega with e-stays, i forgot they even existed.
Rode & raced non stop as a teenager, then found pubs and stuff, now commuting and riding for a laugh.....getting to be the wrong shape these days though.
Anyway, enjoying the site for geekyness, and a smattering of misty eyed nostalgia and a good laugh. Well done y'all!!!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:53 pm 

Joined: Wed Jan 12, 2011 7:48 pm
Posts: 2
Great site - So many memories!
Used to race here in Norfolk back in about 91 - 95 ish when i was a lad!

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 12, 2011 8:52 pm 
Old School Hero

Joined: Thu Nov 25, 2010 10:24 pm
Posts: 239
Location: South Wales
Hi all,

Ive been a member for a few months now so thought it best to say hello. I'm a re-born biker after being advised to get back into the saddle by my Chiropractor.....and have been bitten by the 'tinkering' and 'pedaling' bug worse than ever :)

Like most others ive got stuff everywhere but my main passion is Marins, hence my username.

I hope to meet some members is person over time and sell some of the stuff i dont need !!

Fab site and a great sense of patriotism too :D


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 2011 11:37 am 

Joined: Sat Jan 15, 2011 9:55 am
Posts: 1
Location: Los Angeles
Hey everyone!

My name is Hector and I'm from Los Angeles, Ca.

I stumbled upon this site a couple of weeks ago while searching for more info on my bike.

I have a '96 Pantera GT and everything besides the tires, seat, and chain (I just changed it today, lol) appear to be original.

I acquired it about 3 years ago and just recently dusted it off and began riding again.

I'd like to clean it up a bit and maybe upgrade a thing or two so hopefully you guys will point me in the right direction...


 Post subject: new arrival
PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 4:30 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Sat Jan 15, 2011 6:55 pm
Posts: 23
hi all, Lee from Leigh here,
had a bmx background as a youngster riding/stunting, building and swapping/trading bits and pieces with friends , i found mountain biking through a friend i made around 89 , i used to borrow a beat up steel monster to go out for rides ,meanwhile i got a job at a bike local bike shop and so bought my first mountain bike on drip ,it was a raleigh "Mirage" purple thing a £265 bag of shite to be frank ,i was 5ft 5 at the time so obviously i needed a 21" frame being a big man of 16 years :lol: , it was a tough learning curve on a bike three sizes too big , try running for a bus in clown shoes you get the idea,
a couple of years later still at the same bike shop, raleigh dealer , i bought a black silver dynatech mission , great bike i loved it for real and {drum roll} it fit my size, 17.5" ,yes thats the frame i am not a leprechaun,
i started getting busy by this time out and about at least 3 times a week the odd race but mostly for fun and risks ,
i later ,92 i think, decided to crack the misson frame in the workshop where i worked using a two pieces of wood and a big monkey wrench , heaved on the back dropout until it went daang , lol , ..why ? i here you ask !
well the titanium dynatechs had come out and i set my mind on the mt4 frame set ,,,so,
i needed money for the old mission frame ,and a brand new replacement from raliegh is easier to sell (i know its naughty but i was on a YTS course doing 40hrs a week earning less than £40 for my labour of love, at 18yrs old you are getting creative or acceptting your slavery ! ).
so i sold the brand new mission frame for £200 and put the money down on the mt4.......... ,rode it , raced it , crashed it ,lived for the ride ,
then one day i had a brain wave aabout stripping it of its paint ,
so firstly i stripped it of all its parts, then in a flash i neglected the bike and the sporrt and turned into a party head instead (to this day i dont know how that happened, it just did)
so it has remained in that compromised naked state ever since , id say about 15 years would be a close estimate :shock: :shock: :shock:

so that brings us to the hear and now,
i found this site looking for info about decals for the dynatech mt4 ,
ive still not stripped it completely :lol: ,but i have just ordered a m970 group so there is no backing out of the rebuild , i am gonna build this sucker to the best speck i can afford as a tribute to all those years of just scraping by as a poor boy . [que: violins] :lol:

its nice to be here at retro bike , ive been prowling the forums for some weeks now and i can tell we have a genuine group of good soul's here ,so i look forward to contributing to the community.
il post some pics shortly and i have a few questions to ask if thats hunky dory with you's

best wishes to all

wow thats a lotta long waffle for a first post ,well !, you asked how did i get here, there it is !

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 16, 2011 8:46 pm 

Joined: Sat Jan 15, 2011 5:56 pm
Posts: 5
me is paul and me is from maidstone kent hmmm !

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