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
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