First post here, I found this thread via google. I thought you guys might like to see this. As a committed roadie this is now my winter ride. I got it as an 11 year old in 1993. I was ebaying for an older frame to do up and learn on, and remembered this was in the shed. Every screw and bolt on every component has been taken apart cleaned and re-greased, including headset and hub bearings. I had to replace 2 cables and the BB. Everything else is as bought (except the tyres and rack, I still got the Marin light tyres for rides in the snow) My teenage bike skills extended to using ALOT of grease everywhere including in the frame tubes, a bugger to get off but has done a great job preserving everything. I removed the 'Palisades Trail' transfers as they were peeling. Was this a bad idea? I had planned to put road bars on it, but now want to keep it as it was/is.
I would be pissed to have this nicked now, what would be the insurance value/cost to buy a replacement? Any guess would do. Also this was bought in the states, any idea to the original cost? - it seems a rather nice bike to buy an 11 year old, my Dad can't remember the cost.
Also the BB was threaded in the correct sense but the side I expected on the drive side was on the non-drive side. Is this an Americanism or just the way things were done in '93?