Well - you lot were right.
Just noticed this thread - best say hiya.
2 months in - 5 unfinished/started bikes...
1 rideable (if on flat gnarly concrete)
Bought a seatpost and 2 headsets from here for my Marin.
Wanna build it as it's been a full 10 years since i was on it and i'm just recovered (getting there) from major abdominal surgery and desperately need the fitness it would offer.
Bought a coupla shan condition bikes before finding this place from a mate and some guy from Gumtree, wishing i'd just ploughed the cash into decent components from here to finish the IFT.
(now looking at a full polish for it - elbow grease or gun?)
Salvaged some OK bits from them and have another nice frame (my Hardrock) to build into a decent wee (15" and potentially just too small) hacker.
Finding those bikes on Sunday has opened my eyes to the entire retro thing, likesay. Keen to get 'em sorted and get out while the sun shines.
Got next to no tools and only limited mechanical experience from my youth/racing days
but up for it... got the bug (been cleaning stuff and day-dreaming about riding on the constant)
With a bit graft, some pennies and a wee bit help from you lot (as and when you can) and The Bike Station / McDonald, i should be able to get out and stretch these weary legs again soon.
Can only realistically offer you lot some basic karma parts i've picked up since January (i'll make a thread when i get a shot of a camera for an afternoon), light hack company/pacemaking
for half-days out around Edinburgh inc. NOS banter and blethers. City-centre pick-ups and also potential keyboard flaming assistance for nippy folk on here...
cheers to all who've already welcomed me here and been sound.
PS What happened with that MarinMan guy?? teh banz pour quoi??
let's have a cup of tea...