Gravy Monster wrote:
I like the "Handbuilt in England" decals , Saracen certainly dont make em like they used to :shock:
Were the frames actually made in England then? And if so, where were they built and when did they stop? I was became suspicious of companies BITD stating things like 'Handbuilt in England' when all they were doing was assembling the components here.... :roll:
In the early 90's I lived near the guy who owned, but I dont know if he formed, Saracen bikes and remember him saying that the factory wasn't too far from his house, so it must have been somewhere in, or very near to Warwickshire. Also, in connection with my built, but not made, in Warwick theory, I did meet a guy in Warwick who claimed to still have a Saracen MTB that he bought new in about 1985/86 which was directly connected to Saracens founder. I did inform him of this site at the time I met him so I am very surprised he hasn't posted any pics of it on here as he was enormously enthusiastic about it when I was talking to him.
If anyones interested in looking him up you'll find the guy selling model cars and bike stuff at Cape Road car boot sale behind Warwick Police Station on a Saturday morning between May and September. He's about 5'6 with white hair and a white beard, late 50's and quite athletic looking. I think this thread needs pics of his bike. He was very keen to talk about that bike and seemed to know quite a bit about Saracens history.