I'd always planned to buy another alpinestars Al-Mega DX after my one got stolen visiting a girlfriend 15 years ago.
This one came up at a good price, it's a different year and hence slightly different frame design but after spending 15 minutes in front of the seller checking for cracks I bought it.
Everything appears to be origional except the stem and bar, but I happened to find the exact origional ones in my garage a few days before I bought it!
The seat post has been cut very short so I am going to fit my Joplin and turn it into a retro trail bike. The Deore DX piano shifters are just as bad as I remember and would be swapped if it didn't involve swapping brake levers as well.
Unfortunately I forgot to test ride it before stripping!
After spending two hours polishing it to a mirror finish I decided to paint it in its original colours. So sanded it back down again!
As you can see I have a custom built state of the art paint room.
My photography skills are almost as impressive.
This is the etch primer.
White Primer, unfortunately I was in a rush and had to buy it from Halfords.