I spotted this on the bay a while back as a complete bike, but it was a little pricey so I decided to leave it. Then it reappeared in the form you see here and I won it over the weekend for £4.99 plus £20 postage.
As the seller was the Gloucester Bike Project, I made an arrangement to go and pick it up, so total cost £4.99.
Why did I want this frame? Easy; the New Wave was the first new bike I ever bought myself. I bought mine from Evans, mail order, when they only had a couple of shops (was it Croydon or Crawley? I can't remember). Mine was on special offer as it was a 'last years model', it was well enough equipped and I rode miles and miles on it, passing it on to a work colleague of my wife who used to bash around the Quantocks, Breacon Beacons, Exmoor etc on it.
Not sure what the plans are for this one yet, new headset and BB for sure and most likely a DX build, but past that I have not yet thought it out.
I have just spent the last hour and a half giving it a good polish. It is showing its age, with a few chips and small dents, plus some spots of rust and a few worms under the paint, but to me, that just adds to the patina.
I'm not sure the year of this one, 91 / 2 I think, unless you know different.
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