What a great idea for a thread!
I have attached a pic of my Wife's bike. Its a 1993 Marin steel frame (original paint), with a very upright Syncros stem and risers! Even with the 'armchair' saddle, I managed to keep the weight down for her to 26lb, by speccing some very light wheels and tyres, using XT bits and fitting Manitou SX Ti forks. I know Marins don't get a lot of love on here, but I gave this a blast when I finished it and was amazed how well these early steel Marins feel, not as good as my Kona Explosif, but still very good indeed.
I built this up in secret about a year ago as a surprise 49th birthday present for her, so that she could have a respectable Retro mount as well, but all I got in reply was - 'YOU COULD HAVE BOUGHT ME A BRAND NEW BIKE FROM HALFORDS FOR THE PRICE THAT COST!'.
I give up! lol
1998 Kona 853 Explosif, 1999 NOS Kona 853 Explosif, 1999 NOS Lynskey signed Litespeed Obed Ti, 1999 Marin Mount Vision (custom), Cannondale Bad Boy 700c Disc (everyday hack) and a 1993 Marin for the Wife. Latest build in progress is a 1993 Marin Eldridge Grade with original paint.
"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever."