Following the recent departure of the "not the size it was advertised as" Marin Team Marin last month, I have just become the owner of another "it doesn't look too good with slick tyres, high-rise stem and a rack on those eBay photos" immaculate classic in the form of this Whyte PRST1.
I know there is very little that splits opinion like Preston but personally I love the way it looks. As an automotive engineer, I figured that a fellow automotive engineer would never design something this ugly without good reason!
I've been idly searching eBay for the past few months, just to get an idea of condition and price and when this one came up, only 20 miles from home I knew I would never have such a good opportunity again. My wife was unlikely to agree!
The owner stated that he bought it new for £2695 in 2000, rode it once for 10 miles on the road, didn't like it, put a cover over it and left it in the garage. He admitted he knew nothing about bikes so there was no mention about what kit was on it but it looked like XTR with Middleburn cranks and Hope brakes. A few emails later and he confirmed this dream spec so whilst my wife was with my 3 year old daughter at a birthday party, I took my 18 month old son for a look!
Now, I was wondering how many people could afford to spend £2695 on a bike, not like it and then forget about it but that was answered when I pulled up to a massive house with a Range Rover and Aston Martin in the drive.
It was all I hoped it would be - immaculate other than one garage induced scrape on the driveside chainstay, locked brakes, flat tyres and a bit of dust!
A quick hour or two last night changing the stem and saddle, removing the rack, pumping up the tyres and adding some more air to the shocks (amazingly both still showing over 100psi after 12 years of storage!) and cycling the brakes and I took it for a quick spin around the block. It felt pretty good.
This morning I gave it a wash and took it for a bit of a longer ride around the block, including down some steps and it felt even better. Can't wait to fit some modern knobbly tyres, get the gears working and taking it for a proper ride!
More photos to follow:
Riding: Pace RC200 F5 Fixie Road Warrior, '95 Saracen Kili Ultra Ti Singlespeed, '00 Whyte PRST1, '92 Peugeot Black Mamba
Ridden: '98 Specialized Stumpjumper M2, '96 Pace RC200 F5, '95 Orange P7, '95 Marin Team Titanium, '95 Marin Team Marin, '94 Marin Pine Mountain, '94 Kona Explosif
Building: '95 Dekerf
Will Ride: Orange Vitamin T?, Yeti ARC?, Rocky Mountain Ti-Bolt or Merlin Ti?, something with elevated chainstays?