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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:01 pm 

Joined: Tue Apr 09, 2013 10:20 pm
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Hi there from a "noob" to this group but an old man as far as cycling goes. I bought a "Moonshine" brand new in the early 90's... 92 I think?
I've still got it! In fact, just a couple of weeks ago, I dug it out of my parents garage, where it has been languishing for some 19 years (divorce/illness/lack of space being SOME of the reasons why)
I took a load of photos before I tarted stripping it down ready to renovate and re-build. I will try to upload them later or tomorrow.
What I can set right are a couple of things that people are mistaken on here... Firstly, the bike was originally spec'ed and sold with most of a full Shimano Deore DX M650 group set (cantilever brakes, STI shifter/levers, hubs, cranks/chainset FCC-MT60, derailiers) non-group set head set, seat post/clamp were also fitted. Rigida RM 400 rims wee also fitted. So, the bike photographed had been upgraded to a much more modern XT group set including a 4 arm chainring & crank set, v brakes, mavic rims (the Rigida ones were HEAVY) the pedals, stem, bars, saddle and seat post on that machine do look as if they're the original.
The other thing... The colour was a deep regal purple with a shocking PINK (in uppercase as it was that loud! LOL)
I did a lot of miles on my bike. Because of it's geometry, it leant itself very well to road riding. The last time I'd ridden it was on the road... I know this as it still had my preferred road tyres fitted (26x1.25 Tioga City Slickers). I had also fitted a Girvin Flexstem and Scott AT4Pro MTB Aerobars.

My thoughts when I dug this out of the garage were to resurrect it as a retro in its original form. However, as the strip and clean has progressed, I've come to realise that it would look a lot nicer, and serve me better (getting a portly middle-aged gent a tad fitter whilst having fun and looking better than it ever did - even if I don't!) getting a total respray, semi upgrade and tricking some of the bits.
I guess this is a case of "watch this space"...

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