Bike is back from the service, with more problems than I'd hoped, but I'm planning on dealing with the fork first. I think it's actually a 1998 model. Seatpost and saddle are new, the last owner changed the handlebar for some reason, but I think the rest is original.
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I've had a look on eBay to see what sort of offerings there are, and the other thing that seems important is the steerer length. Proving my ignorance again, what should this measurement be of? I did what seemed like the obvious one, coming out with 178mm.
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MarkWashington - I've had a bit of a look into suspension forks, but I was a bit wary that they needed more maintenance than rigid ones. Unfortunately I'm in London, and everyone I know who knows anything about bikes is in Glasgow, so I'm aiming for simplicity! Also, they're probably sightly overkill for the type of cycling I'll be doing. Tomorrow involves the crazy hardcore mountain biking adventure of... a tow path.