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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:52 pm 
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I've been saving for a new main ride lately so buying another retro bike wasn't on the cards... But a chance conversation with a colleague at work brought up mention of the old bike she had lying unused in the garage. When she mentioned Saracen I immediately thought of the monster Saracen thread in MTB chat.. When she mentioned she was giving it away, I struggled to resist. After some consideration, I cleared it with the wife and the bike is now in my shed :D

My colleague at work bought the bike new for around £350 from Leisure Lakes, it was well used, but remains original except for the saddle and possibly brake blocks... The years have been pretty kind to this bike and despite a bit of surface rust most of the components seem to be in good functioning condition. When I say most of the components... I mean this bike is so original for it's age, full drivetrain, brakes, rims, reflectors....

There are ripples under the paintwork all over the frame, I was a bit worried that these may be rust, but there are so many, I'm wondering if it's not just how it was finished? I'll take a bit more time to investigate at some point.

I've given the bike a quick clean up with a damp rag but I will give it a full service in time.

Now a few pics... Enjoy! I did! Apologies for the quantity :wink:


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File comment: The bike as a whole.. The saddle is fugly! I will source a replacement in future.
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File comment: Deore thumbies look in great condition for their age
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File comment: Saracen branded bars, original white Shimano outers
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:55 pm 
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More pics for the Saracen fans among us...


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File comment: Matching Saracen bottle cage is a nice touch.
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File comment: Leisure Lakes sticker on the frame still
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File comment: Down tube graphics in excellent condition for a 20 year old bike.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:59 pm 
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and four more pics for those who haven't OD'd yet :D


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File comment: Tange Chromo frame... Previous owner complained the bike was heavy... The weight is in the wheelset. The seat tube is tapered as it meets the BB
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File comment: Horizontal rear dropouts, been a while since I've seen those on a frame. Also some of the ripples I mentioned.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 6:41 pm 
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Ah man, I am green with envy.

Such a nice bike and in such good nick, bit of love and it'll come up a treat.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 7:19 pm 
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I can't get over how good it looks (seat excluded) in the first picture. I was expecting a 22" gate frame, but it sits well and looks pretty modern 20 years after it was built.

I'll take my time with this, try to source less rusty skewers and a neater saddle. It'll get a full strip down and service too.

Half tempted to get it ready for the Manchester - Blackpool next year.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:47 pm 
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looks just like mine

kirbdug :D


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:49 pm 
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kaytronika wrote:
I can't get over how good it looks (seat excluded) in the first picture. I was expecting a 22" gate frame, but it sits well and looks pretty modern 20 years after it was built.

I'll take my time with this, try to source less rusty skewers and a neater saddle. It'll get a full strip down and service too.

Half tempted to get it ready for the Manchester - Blackpool next year.


Yep, was expecting a gate and this looks super modern, nice slopint top tube. First thing I noticed as well.

I'd not change much, think that seat may be original saracen, if so if its like on my 1991 trekker it will be super comfortable. I like it anyway!

To me you just need to get some new skewers and give it a good clean and degrease, should make it look pristine for about £25!


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:51 pm 
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My mate John had one of those for his son BiTD. The paint is more than likely the famous Saracen powdercoat specified to resist a tactical nuclear strike.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:54 pm 
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kirbdug wrote:
looks just like mine

kirbdug :D


Is that the original saddle? Your's looks excellent.

I'd probably have to pick a slightly less plush saddle for mine.

There definately won't be many changes for this... It doesn't need any... New cables (inners anyway) all round as a treat, skewers, saddle.

Not sure if the tyres are original, but they certainly look aged... Cheng-Shin Outrak I think

Iwasgoodonce: :lol: Yeah the paint looks like it was applied with a spatula


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:30 pm 
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That is lovely, you are one lucky man finding that for free :D


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