Finally finished my 'first' build so thought it was about time I posted something up in this section.
I bought this bike new in '97 while I was down in Hampshire. I had taken out a £2000 loan and spent one half on a car ('85 Volvo 240DL estate in case you are interested)
and the other half on this.
I still have the bumph it came with.
Unfortunately no pics from when it was brand new, but a couple from about 6 months old.
I had a lot of fun on this bike and it served me well for a long time, but after not cycling at all for a couple of years, and then mainly using my road bike, when I did start mountain biking again I decided to treat myself to a new bike.
I found retrobike while looking to see if the old gal was worth much. Turns out it couldn't be sold for anything like what it is worth to me in sentimental value, so decided to keep her. The initial plan was just to stash it in the loft so I stripped it down and stuck it up there.
But I had found retrobike, and all the cool old bikes drew me back. After a few nights surfing and seeing what you folk were doing with old bikes I decided I wanted in on the action, and that I should do something with my old M2.
So, starting with baby steps, as I am a novice of sorts, it had to be a single speed.
I found stashed around in various places most of the parts that had been removed long ago and decided to try and build it with as many original bits as possible.
Stem and bar as they were.
The forks were shot though so they were dumped. I tried a set of P2s first, but they were just too skinny to fit with the fat alloy frame tubes.
So found these P2 jump forks which are pretty heavy duty, and even though they weigh a bit more than the TB's they look right IMHO. The wheels were the latest addition as I luckily found on here a set of single speed hopes.
The bars, stem, grips, brake levers, seatpost and crankarms are all original. The brakes are later Avids as the original ones have lost their pins.
The saddle has been with me since about '96 and the pedals were bought in '97. So new half link chain, ss tensioner, headset and new brake cables and we are good to go.
So there you go. My first retrobike build. I hope I have not disgraced myself too much.
Two Kilis up next (one '80's one '90's) and my modern Pace so hopefully this is the first of many build threads.