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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:45 pm 
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Well thanks to Barneyballbags for outing this on the Ebay and Marketplace threads, this was fairly local, but with help from the gravymonster who was visiting Devon, this arrived at my house last Wednesday.

It’s a 1989 Trekker Comp, and seemingly 100% original. The bottle cage is bent badly, and there are patches of rust (small) on the rear U brake and a few chips on the frame that I will tidy up one day, but generally this is a pretty mint condition bike. The chainset looks like the previous owner used it very minimally, and the black ano is mainly still on the wheels, so they haven’t had much use either.

My love for Saracen’s came when an unbranded Saracen was purchased second hand for my 14th birthday from my folks, and it was nearly this bike, albeit it with canti forks. I loved that bike and rode it everywhere, only for some low life to steal it when I was at Uni (which they did by breaking into a shed and somehow throwing it over a 12 foot brick wall).
Anyway, not too much to do on this, except ride it and clean it up in places. Already in discussion with rupew and gravymonster in here for a big double U brake ride!

If you like this, also check out lrh who has another great example, as does rupew and gravymonster and finally discodrive

Excuse the big auction sticker on the seat that I have yet to remove in my excitement!

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Few rust spots (look worse in the photo)
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Internal routing will never catch on!
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Awful (again) camera shot, but the wishbone is some fine work
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Original reflectors!
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The best decals of all time
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Lovely sofa
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And during my first outing
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And here it is with gravymonsters, in a particularly fetching shot!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 2:47 pm 
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Better pics to come, I have moved house and lost the camera (and my sanity and bank balance) :oops:


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:24 pm 
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 3:43 pm 
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Glad you finally have your mitts on it 8)

I love the little rt angle bracket for the rear reflector, quite unusual as I bet most were removed in 1989 :lol:

Also the rear mech guard that stops you removing he rear wheel quickly :lol:

Look forward to seeing it polished up and more importantly the Saracen ride 8)


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 4:12 pm 
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Gravy Monster wrote:
I love the little rt angle bracket for the rear reflector, quite unusual as I bet most were removed in 1989 :lol:

Also the rear mech guard that stops you removing he rear wheel quickly :lol:


Yep, those are going in a box in the shed this week, when the cleaning begins properly.

Was surprised how springy these are given their weight. Rode really nicely when I took it out on Friday. I had forgotten in the 11 years since I last rode one :lol:


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:22 pm 
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Snap! Except it looks like a better starting point for a restoration than mine or DiscoDrive's. Probably only needs a bit of paint on the fadded/rusty bits :)

I'm liking mine more now the shifters/brakes are set-up and bedded-in. Still feels heavy and stiff to me (for "double butted") but everything has a direct, solid action with loads of feedback.

Funny how four of these have appeared in as many months... Did you see another member (guymuttley21) outed their 22" version last week: http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=213654


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:25 pm 
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Didn't see that but am looking now.

Bikes on here come like buses! Always in batches. Will be happy with this when finished if it looks like the others on here.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 9:04 pm 
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thats lovely ade , really like it


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:07 pm 
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Very nice!!
Love a W :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:53 pm 
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How is the W :lol: Adrian ? In a bump styleee 8)


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