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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:50 pm 
National & North West AEC
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Lovely find. It's great when you get a free bike in such good original condition.
I little bit of a polish and that'll looking and riding great in no time.
Looks like the front mech is a bit bent out of shape and the rear QR is closed in the 'Open' position though.

I take it you've already found this page on the Saracen thread?

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:52 pm 
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Yep, saw that pic, thanks... The rear QR is open in the open position... I took the pic very shortly before I removed the rear wheel. It closes just fine.

I did notice that front mech being out of alignment. I'll make a note of looking at it when I come to service the whole bike.

It owes me £4 in cables so far. Bargain!

I just hope the small frame fits me, failing that my excuse is 'bike for the wife' ;)


I'd love a pair of those Allstars with the neon stripes in the catalogue pic. Heh. Not sure about the socks though.


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National & North West AEC
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It's the steely look of determination while riding down steps in a bandana that I'm still working on.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:59 pm 
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drystonepaul wrote:
It's the steely look of determination while riding down steps in a bandana that I'm still working on.


Probably thinking 'I wish someone would invent cost effective suspension systems for mountain bikes'

Actually, it says a lot about the late 80s that they advertise a mountain bike by making a bloke ride down some steps in town.... Where are the mountains?


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retrobike rider / Gold Trader
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Same as my first mtb... Lovely 8)


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:22 pm 
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Yep, my first mtb too.......still have it, and full restoration is planned for the very near future. Still have most of the original parts and most are in absolutely superb condition, so looking forward to my first retrobike build.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 9:01 pm 
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Found a Saracen saddle for this on Ebay... Also some new skewers to make it look a bit shiny.

Now I'm looking at the wheels and tidying them up a bit, but I notice the tyres have suffered some deterioration over time.

What do we reckon? Ride em or bin em?


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 28, 2010 10:06 pm 
Classified Mod / Lincs, East and South Yorks AEC
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I've got a 1989 Saracen Eiger f+f on its way to me, it looks exactly the same as this, the colour, decals except they say Eiger instead of Tufftrax are identical.

What was the difference between the 2 models?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:29 am 
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There's an '89/90 catalogue in the Saracen thread in MTB chat (page 49)

Also another Saracen Eiger F+F on page 51


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 29, 2010 10:41 am 
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I've got my eye on an identical one which belongs to a friend of ours. It was her daughters bitd and is just sitting in a garden shed neglected! Same spec as yours 8)

Will keep watching to see how this takes shape.


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