Some 15 years ago in the mid 90's when I was 17, I lusted for the triple triangle chromoly steel GT's of the time but couldn't afford one due to an expensive college course and the inability to get a Saturday job, possibly due to only looking about 13
(those scornful looks at job interview, those scornful looks). I could barely rub two five pound notes together, and had to 'make do' with my 40lb high tensile Raleigh. Now I finally have a GT of the period to personlize... there was always that void or craving for one to be honest. Well, I scored this used size 18", "Team Scream" GT Tequesta frameset one night back in May off ebay for just under £30 (high bid beat off 2 other last gasp bidders - went a bit higher than what I expected) but have only just got around to doing it up and gathering of the parts over the past month. A total strip is on the cards as the frame has some surface rust problems that need attacking with fine grade sandpaper. I plan to have it powdercoated early new year, was thinking of keeping it blue, a navy blue, but decided on a maroon or rather deep red instead (RAL 3007) paired with high polish silver components, brown saddle and grips. I like the vintage cars with this colour scheme, hence the idea. Drive will mostly be STX of the period, which I have had lurking under the kitchen sink for many years. The whole bike should be up and rolling by the end of January.
The frame prior to being doused in Wilko's paint stripper:
The surface rust is quite evident here. The previous owner(s) obvioulsy ignored a chainstay protector.
_________________MTB1995 GT Tequesta custom chocolate (winter XC and rugged touring)
, 1998 Sunn Notion
, 2012 On-One Scandal (XC Race)Road1987 Atala Corsa Columbus Aelle (winter bike)
, 1989 Scapin Atec Columbus Cromor (set up for time trial)
, 2012 Bob Jackson Olympus Reynolds 631 (summer best)
, 2012 Planet-X Kaffenback (cyclocross, 700c tourer)
Bring back the old channel 4 Tour de France theme tune!: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0FchiH9NPs