After nearly 3 years of searching (and nearly 25 years of waiting) when I'd only seen 1 previously complete bike for sale (even though it was too big I still bid but not high and was easily beaten) finally the bike (well frame anyway) that got away appears to be coming to me, handbuilt, Lugged Steel, 18" and looking in good shape for and old un.
Back in 1989 I was 14 and riding a massively upgrade Raleigh Maverick GT and loved it when I went into a local cycle shop and saw this bike hung high on the wall with a price tag of about £400, I was wowed.
A few weeks later my Maverick was destroyed by a careless friend who rear ended a car, I was gutted. Not for long though as the insurance had accidental damage cover on it and agreed to pay out to the tune of £300. That added with my savings I knew I could have the bike I craved, the day came to go and purchase a new bike, my dad had decided that we wouldn't be going to that shop as he would be able to strike a better deal at another place so we went there and I ended up with a Holdsworth, It had a 22" frame that although sported a full Deore group was far too big and not what I really wanted.
This time I wasn't to be denied and a snipe at a stupid figure (nearly £20 over my winning bid) was placed and I woke up early today to find I had won the auction, I might get some sleep now, can't remember being so excited since I lost my virginity
and I've probably paid more than it's really worth but I haven't bought anything for a few months now, this may mean I may have to finish and sell on my Saracen but hey ho.
Anyway I'll post some pictures soon.
It's good reliving ones youth