I'd see if anyone on here can do the decals Matty. A resprayed bike with no decals is just a frame with parts. Get the decals and it's a rebuild/resto. You'll feel far more attached to it, or at least I would.
I've been tempted by a couple of fillet brazed Saracen's recently but have held back because they need a respray and reproducing 1989 Saracen decals would be a mare.
That would be my first choice Edd, its just getting the decals drawn up.... A custom set wouldn't reallly be worth the outlay, but if Gil had them on file then a set would be winging its way to me now!
Grumpy farmer wrote:
You don't fancy just throwing it together as it is then Matty, a bit of rat look. In vintage tractor circles, the original ones with patina fetch as much if not more than the ones that some poor sod has spent 1000's doing up. Having said that there's patina and then there's scratches
Last summer I met a bloke in Grizedale forest riding a same era Ridgeback 703, he had had it from new and it was distinctly used looking. He had originally cut the bars down so much that the thumbies were rammed up to the bulge in the centre and he had barends on it and a flexstem. You could tell he loved that bike. His mate was on a brand new Stumpjumper bouncy thing with no soul whatsoever.
I have a soft spot for stuff that looks a bit rough (no that doesn't mean that's why I married her before the comment is made)
Nah, Paul, a rat look not for me, I like my polishing rags too much! The current favourite is Irh's suggestions of a simple powder coat unless decals can be sought. Plus the current colour combo of white/jade/lavender is a bit, errr, effeminate...
Although seeing as you like your Orange's, how about a Formula replica?
Might cause a bit of a stir, which is all the more reason to do it
Heathen! Couldn't do that
1990 Ridgeback 704XT 1990 Raleigh Dyna-Tech Encounter (SWMBOs) 1992 Orange Aluminium 'O' 1992 Orange Prestige 1994 Orange Clockwork 1996 Orange P7