Stunning bike buddy. I had the very same BITD. Bought it brand new around 1987/88 from MK Cycles in Bolton, and IIRC it was £300!
Sadly I pretty much rode mine into the ground, (as you do in your teens), but every now and then I still have a mooch to try and find one, but I doubt anyone will ever find one as original and clean as yours was, you're a lucky guy.
I doubt I'd find one big enough TBH, (I'm 6' 5"), but even if it I found one that was close I'd make it do as I'd love one again that much.
Enjoy yours and if I ever find one to restore myself I'll post it up.
Nice to hear your back story - most here a fond memories of them - mine original did similar service to yours and saved me three times the cost in bus fares alone!
You did well to get yours for £300 - I'm pretty sure list was £323 and the shops could sell every one they got in.
Keep an eye on ebay as the larger frame sizes do come up and usually go for a song. I've been tempted to buy several for the spares alone.
Cheers Archemist. I check ebay from time to time, but if you ever spot a big 'un at all' would you mind giving me a nudge. I've not been on this site much TBH but I'll be sure to check back more often now as I step up my search.
Price wise I'm sure you're right, I know it was around the £300 mark, but my parents had always bought my bikes from the same shop, and knowing how my old fella haggle it wouldn't surprise me if he got a discount. All I know for sure is I had to pay half as it was sooooooooooooo expensive, and my contribution was £150.
@gregor, that would be perfect. Mine had the paw prints at the top of the seat stays as well. I could make that size work for me. PM if you decide to move on won't you
PS: I do have an old steel Claude Butler oracle if you fancy a trade