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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 2:33 am 
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Saturday 8th April 1995: I left the girlfriend's house to buy my first mountain bike – a Marin Pine Mountain.

At the dealer (Channels, just outside Chelmsford, Essex) the girlfriend suddenly announced she wanted a bike too. I had to split my budget, and bought myself this Palisades Trail.

Over the years that followed I'd be out on it almost every weekend. During those years I also made many, many upgrades. Until eventually the bike was almost unrecognisable.

Then one evening in 2013, I thought about restoring it to how it once was. And I discovered Retrobike.co.uk.

Unlike the bikes I've restored since then, this one isn't restored to catalogue spec – but to how I had it back in the day (around 1996/97).

The girlfriend is long gone, as is Channels. But the Marin remains. Its restoration has been slow, but I wasn't in a hurry.

And while some may question the time, effort and expense of restoring a bike that isn't anything special, it's special to me – and that's what matters.

Happy birthday buddy!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 2:59 am 
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Just coming of age!

Nice bike.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:24 am 
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Thanks mate, appreciate it.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 5:52 am 
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JonTom wrote:
it's special to me – and that's what matters.


Absolutely. Thats exactly why I'm on the lookout for a 1996 red ano gt backwoods. nothing special, but its mine.

Looks like you have a done a great job there!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:05 am 
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Nice.

My own Zaskar is a bit like that, bought in 1994, stolen, recovered a year later, sold, bought back and now sits quietly waiting for the next summer ride.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 8:10 am 
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Love it. I have a Palisades, bought in 1991. It's now serving as a tourer and remains the bike I wolud part with last. Did 190 miles on it last week, touring in the Netherlands.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:11 am 
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Looks great, how about a few more pics 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 9:17 am 
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Looks great. 8)

Be even nicer with pedals. :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:45 pm 
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Thanks for the comments guys. Glad you like it. :D

And Rick, fingers crossed that GT rocks up soon.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 08, 2016 1:05 pm 
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RickTheUncivil wrote:
JonTom wrote:
it's special to me – and that's what matters.


Absolutely. Thats exactly why I'm on the lookout for a 1996 red ano gt backwoods. nothing special, but its mine.


The very same reason for my '97 GT Tequesta

cracking resto 8)


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