Finding local retro bike material for sale in Cornwall doesn't seem to happen very often so when anything remotely interesting pops up I can't help but get excited.
OK so it's no Pro Cal or Mt Tam but it's still a bike that brings back memories of poring over catalogues with tatty corner from being read time and time again. Sure, it was made in Taiwan but that's no bad thing, and the frame still has some nice touches, like the Fisher logo embossed into the top of the seat collar. I bid on this before I found out I had lost my job but at £13.10 I have no complaints.
The picture and description were not great to say the least but I could tell that there was definitely a fair amount of rust to the components as a minimum. I knew from the reply to my message that, with no disrespect, I wasn't dealing with someone who knew anything about bikes - "the changing front ring arm is missing" was a bit of a giveaway
Anyway I though I'd have a punt and here we are.
Nothing to get too excited about but overall there's just something about it that looks right. The frame is sound and the colour looks great, especially in the sun. Sure it will need some work and I'll never get rid of all that rust but I reckon it's worth it. Asked the guy if he had anything else lying about and he replied "I think there's a fluorescent yellow Marin here somewhere which you can have if you want" but alas he couldn't find it in his numerous outbuildings - oh well.
Anyway, it's missing the front mech (if you hadn't already guessed) and the tyres are shot but I'm hoping everything else is pretty much salvageable. A quick check of the catalogue page suggest it's pretty much 100% original spec.
Original catalogue page here but for some reason I can't get it to link:
http://www.proteanpaper.com/scart_resul ... part=Cat-F
A long and rambling introduction to a tatty mid range bike but here she is...