Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Sun Dec 04, 2016 11:22 am

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 8 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: 1989 Fisher
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:57 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:36 pm
Posts: 315
Location: Snodland, Kent
Well, here it is, my first complete restoration. A 1989 Gary Fisher Advance. :D
There is a bit of a story to tell so bear with me. :roll:
It all started in 1989 funnily enough with this bike. It was bought by a good friend who was a couple of years older than me. At the time I had some dog of a Universal or summat, but desperately wanted a decent bike. In 1993 I bought a Marin Eldridge Grade and over the next few years it was truely pimped. I stoopidly sold it when I was 17 to buy a car and mountain biking became obsolete in my life. Same for my friend with the Fisher, but for some reason I ended up buying it off of him for £80. I rode it a couple of times but then girls and stuff got in the way and it ended up in my parents shed unloved at the bottom of their garden. Cycling was well and truly out of my life. :cry:
Fast forward to February this year, I was reading the classified section of the local paper and noticed a 1997 Specialized Rockhopper for £100 no offers. Something sparked inside me bringing back memories of MBUK and Mint Sauce, and told me this was a bargain, so I offered £80 and got it, cleaned it up, set it up nice and sold it to a mate at work for £130 a week later.
For some reason this then prompted me to dig the Fisher out of the shed. It had been there so long there was a tree growing throught the wheel that I had to cut down to get it out. The forks that were on it were some prototype ones that I had been given for helping out during the initial building of PORC in Kent, but they had seized and were unusable. Thats the point where this site comes into play whilst I was searching for some 1 1/4" forks. :roll:
So that led me into a total restoration and upgrade using period (ish) parts.
The original spec was 500LX and steel bars/stem, ie nothing fancy.
The spec now is:
DX short rear mech
DX NOS front mech
DX hubs, Araya RM20 rims
DX cranks
DX NOS cantis
DX thumbies
DX levers
Manitou 2 1 1/4" threaded forks with new preload adjusters and elastomers
Syncros Cattleprod stem
Syncros NOS bar
Flite saddle
Onza Ules
Original Kalloy post
Original Evolution headset
2.1 Panaracer Smokes or grey Conti Cross Countrys
The paint was done by a mate in 2k, it was supposed to be a Nissan colour but came out a bit darker, but its really deep and is a metallic pearlescent, the photos dont do it justice.
New decals by Gil_M that are fantastic - I still havent paid you Gil! give me your details!
So finally here are the pics, sorry for the long intro. I have done it in 2 different styles as I am undecided which looks best. I think black saddle and tyres as the yellow and grey will look better in my Clockwork which is about to get pimped.
Image
Image
Image
Image
Image
Feedback appreciated!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 10:13 pm 
BoTY Winner
BoTY Winner
User avatar

Joined: Tue Apr 04, 2006 6:39 pm
Posts: 2568
Location: Durango CO, USA
Very nice job. I would have loved to have seen a before pic :D

Ditch the yellow saddle and it'd be perfect IMO. Looks like a rider.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Jubbly!
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 11:46 pm 
North Wales Deputy AEC
North Wales Deputy AEC
User avatar

Joined: Sun Apr 30, 2006 12:50 am
Posts: 6218
Class!

Mr K


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Jul 13, 2007 11:47 pm 
The Guv'nor
The Guv'nor
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jul 03, 2005 11:19 pm
Posts: 23175
Location: Retrobike HQ
Great job and great story. This is what it's all about :D


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:09 am 
B.o.T.Y. Winner / Gold Trader
B.o.T.Y. Winner / Gold Trader
User avatar

Joined: Thu Oct 27, 2005 11:00 am
Posts: 5216
Location: York
That looks sweet, almost like it had just come out of the shop.

would love to have seen the tree growing throught it tho :wink:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sat Jul 14, 2007 8:34 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:36 pm
Posts: 315
Location: Snodland, Kent
Thanks for the comments guys. The yellow Flite has now been put aside for a future project and the black one put in its place.
I am a bit annoyed with myself for not taking before shots. I hadnt even found this site when I started stripping it and I was in two minds about binning it! :shock: Glad I saw sense though... The only photos I do have are of the stickers that Gil worked from.
I have just taken some before photos of my Clockwork prior to pimping, so at least I can show you them once its done.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Jul 15, 2007 9:23 pm 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Thu Mar 08, 2007 10:36 pm
Posts: 315
Location: Snodland, Kent
Well fancy that, just found an almost identical one on ebay US.
So here you are, pre restoration condition...sort of...
http://cgi.ebay.com/GARY-FISHER-ADVANCE ... dZViewItem


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2007 10:17 am 
Gold Trader
Gold Trader

Joined: Wed Mar 07, 2007 9:26 pm
Posts: 852
Location: Stressville
Beautiful bike, I had an 88' one in wild cherry..... Cracking ride although I remember spoiling mine putting a JT "bad bones" seat cover on it :oops: Shame some fooker nicked it while I was sat doing an engineering science exam at college.....


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 8 posts ] 

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: boswell, Racin'snake, raidan73, Ramona, SEANSTEPHENS, xerxes and 32 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group