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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:56 am 
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Hi all,

can anyone date my Bear Valley? My brother gave it to me late 90's, used it on and off since then, took it to Australia.
I changed the steering stem because I couldn't get comfortable with the original, also replaced the pedals.
This bike has just spent a Perth (WA) winter outside, sprayed the chain and sprockets and of it went...Again!! Everything works perfectly!
I don't know much about bikes but this one always felt so so light, even when I compare it to modern bikes, and if I am ever frewheeling downhill, this will overtake everything (I'm 80Kg).
So.. I'm thinking of restoring it...Is it worth it? I can't ever remember Marin decals on the down tubes, most pics show them. Are decals available?
Should I buy a Trek 3500??

Cheers - Mark
Perth Western Australia


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:23 am 
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1992 Bear Valley SE is my punt.

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/gallery2/d/1 ... 4991c95b73

I would certainly give it a damn good clean up and maybe re-sticker it (gil_m on the forum is your man for decals)......but then I like Marins..... ;)


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:32 pm 
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yes, 1992 it is, could even be a 'SE' or is that just two scratches?

anyway, a good clean up will see this bike in action again. the sort of project i like where, all parts are removed, cleaned and re-installed. a great way to get to know the bike and any underlying faults.

the middle ring on chainset looks past it but a few dollars on brake pads, odd cable, decals if you want and see how it runs. bottom bracket will be well-in but worth removing to see if bb shell isn't holding water/corroding.

mind you, you're in aus. we here judge all metal objects against p.o.m.e weather :wink:.

keep us updated.

cheers.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:56 pm 
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marc two tone wrote:
yes, 1992 it is, could even be a 'SE' or is that just two scratches?

anyway, a good clean up will see this bike in action again. the sort of project i like where, all parts are removed, cleaned and re-installed. a great way to get to know the bike and any underlying faults.

the middle ring on chainset looks past it but a few dollars on brake pads, odd cable, decals if you want and see how it runs. bottom bracket will be well-in but worth removing to see if bb shell isn't holding water/corroding.

mind you, you're in aus. we here judge all metal objects against p.o.m.e weather :wink:.

keep us updated.

cheers.


I wasn't sure if those were scratches or the SE text.....but the front and rear derailleurs are 500LX which was std on the SE, along with the silver cranks.

I also love projects like this where, essentially the bike is all there and with a bit of cleaning and tinkering and TLC can be transformed into something much, much better.

There is a theory on the forum that a full-on, fresh paint resto can leave you a little "cold" once it's finished...... if you've owned the bike for a long time it's likely you'll have a story behind all those scratches, scuffs, knocks. If you remove them all it's like you lose part of the bikes history.......


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 07, 2012 3:39 pm 
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Can you see the frame number on the underneath of the bb? the frame numbers on the early marins are quite accurate


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 Post subject: Identify Bear Valley
PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:59 am 
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Hi all,

Yes it is an se, not just the scratches!

Serial number is M42KA0039.

Any help with paint colour would be appreciated, I don't remember it being gloss black, maybe some kind of satin matt black.

Will things like crank bearings, shimano parts be available from generic dealers?

Cheers - Mark WA


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2012 10:25 am 
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G'day mate.. Here's a picture of what it would've looked like new.

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All parts to replace anything damaged can usually be found on eBay (certainly in the uk) so you should have it running well. New bb's aren't very expensive. Have a look in the for sale section :wink:


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