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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:14 pm 
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I have been a member on Retrobike for just over 2 years now & I thought it was about time I reviewed my builds. It was seeing all these fantastic builds on this forum that that got me wanting to have a go myself. I have never been one for 'factory correct' but then again none of my bikes are of the very high end / top of the range type of machines. Anyway, here they are in build / chronological order, hope you like at least one of them (apologies for iPad pics in advance):

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Trek Y3

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Saracen Rufftrax

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Giant Box2

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Marin Bear Valley

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Parkpre Comp Limited


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 9:36 pm 
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Loving the Bear Valley mate! Nice 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 09, 2013 10:17 pm 
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sweet jesus thats a very nice collection you have there except the park pre it dosent look right its missing something on it :roll: oh yeah i see wots missing now, ( ME ) :wink: lush just lush. :D


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:00 am 
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wookiee wrote:
Loving the Bear Valley mate! Nice 8)


Thats my 'retro' commuter;-) glad you like.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:31 am 
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The Bear Valley is 8)


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 3:56 pm 
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That Park Pre is sweet :D


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:18 pm 
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You guys are easily impressed. :p


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 9:58 pm 
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Guess the :P makes that ok huh?

Can you spell 'Tourettes?' :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:17 pm 
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Wow!

I'm loving the Saracen RuffTrax - my first mountain bike was one of them in Britich Racing Green, although mine stayed stock for all of a couple of months :D

While I love looking at all the old bikes people have recovered/restored is interesting, the only bike i would be tempted to try to restore would be a Rufftrax - but even if I could find one, I don't think I could do half as good a job as you have!


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 12, 2013 10:41 am 
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Swapped out the rear cassette on the Parkpre last night for a 7 speed, 12 / 32T. I had put a new chain on in the build but did not replace the cassette as I was not sure how worn it was. Transpires I was getting a little chain slip in a couple of the middle gears. A quick ride around the garden last night & I think that has done the trick, (although a small tweak of the barrel adjuster maybe needed to sweet spot the gear changes).


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