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 Post subject: 89 Specialized
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:49 pm 
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Back in 1990 after my first mountain bike got nicked (Raleigh Mustang) I saved up and bought a 1989 Specialized Hardrock Comp. It was much better than the Mustang and I loved that bike until I sold it mid 90's to a work colleague who pestered me to sell it.

Here' me as a 16 year old in 1990 on it:

ImageScreenshot_20180804-215434_Messenger by mark Fradley, on Flickr
ImageScreenshot_20170312-225443 by mark Fradley, on Flickr
ImageScreenshot_20170312-225529 by mark Fradley, on Flickr


Fast forward 25 or so years and I'd forgotten all about it until one day I started thinking about the old bikes I used to own and started googling. With a hankering to relive my youth I started looking for one for sale, and joined Retrobike, which got me into bikes again. Nothing was out there but after a while I managed to find one in 19.5" size on ebay. This was nice but too small for me - the one I had back in the day was a 21.5" so I continued looking. A couple of years went by and I'd almost given up but by chance was browsing on here one day and a forum member was giving one away for free! Only problem was that it had to be collected, and was miles away. A quick plea on the forum for help saw russ77 not only collect it but also make a great job of boxing it up and sending it to me!


When I got it:

Image20171010_164338 by mark Fradley, on Flickr
Image20171010_164343 by mark Fradley, on Flickr
Image20180810_093910 by mark Fradley, on Flickr
Image20180630_122848 by mark Fradley, on Flickr
Image20180630_122854 by mark Fradley, on Flickr
Image20180712_125824 by mark Fradley, on Flickr
Image20180712_125919 by mark Fradley, on Flickr


It was pretty beat up with scratches, rust scabs and paint chips all over it but it was all there and original. Over the last year when I've had a spare hour or two (which is isn't often with a 2 & 4 year old around your ankles!) I set about trying to bring it back to its former glory.


I stripped it all down & re-greased it, polished all the shiny metal bits, & rust treated and touched up the all the scabs & chips.


Image20180822_201958 by mark Fradley, on Flickr
Image20180713_192119 by mark Fradley, on Flickr
Image20180713_192955 by mark Fradley, on Flickr
Image20180711_152135 by mark Fradley, on Flickr


It had a few decals missing, the USA flag on the chainstay which I got made in the correct size and applied:


Image20180822_201238 by mark Fradley, on Flickr

And the top tube decal was a mess on one side:

ImageIMG_4644 by mark Fradley, on Flickr

I cleaned off the adhesive:

Image20190526_124537 by mark Fradley, on Flickr

Then I made the missing 'lized' lettering. I found a shade of sharpie pen which was a great match for the neon yellowy green lettering.
It's not perfect but looks a lot better than it did:

Image20190526_170120 by mark Fradley, on Flickr

I've changed a few bits from original which I had lying around, a Strong of Japan seatpost, XT pedals, Ritchey Z Max 2.1 tyres and a better original saddle. Also I've added a 1988 seat bag & bottle cage.

Here it is finished:

Image20190526_184206 by mark Fradley, on Flickr
Image20190526_184445 by mark Fradley, on Flickr
Image20190526_184240 by mark Fradley, on Flickr
Image20190526_184452 by mark Fradley, on Flickr
Image20190526_184505 by mark Fradley, on Flickr
Image20190526_184308 by mark Fradley, on Flickr
Image20190512_154623 by mark Fradley, on Flickr
Image20190526_184526 by mark Fradley, on Flickr

I'm pretty pleased with how it's turned out. I'ts not a high end bike but has some decent components on from Suntour, Araya, Dia Compe, Sugino.

It puts a smile on my face when I take it out and it takes me back, which I suppose is what it's all about!

Thanks for looking.

Mark.


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 Post subject: Re: 89 Specialized
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:13 pm 
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Love this - excellent work


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 Post subject: Re: 89 Specialized
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:21 pm 
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16vGTI wrote:
It puts a smile on my face when I take it out and it takes me back, which I suppose is what it's all about!

That's exactly what it's all about Mark, although I would have probably stretched myself to some new decals, never the less good work.. 8)


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 Post subject: Re: 89 Specialized
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:25 pm 
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LongboardSi wrote:
Love this - excellent work

Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: 89 Specialized
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 2:28 pm 
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Graham_hkr wrote:
16vGTI wrote:
It puts a smile on my face when I take it out and it takes me back, which I suppose is what it's all about!

That's exactly what it's all about Mark, although I would have probably stretched myself to some new decals, never the lass good work.. 8)


Thanks! Yes did consider new decals but was a budget build - it didn't cost me anything apart from the courier fees & my free time!

* oh yeah forgot the USA flag decal was about £1.50!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:29 pm 
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Super build & very of my time, love it!


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 Post subject: Re: 89 Specialized
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:43 pm 
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Turned out nice :)

Do you still live around there? Im over in Matlock a lot of the time.

Mark


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 9:54 pm 
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Nice, gets a sweet and a thumbs up from me, good to see an affordable retrobike that someone can appreciate again..... ahhh memories


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 Post subject: Re: 89 Specialized
PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2019 11:27 pm 
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Good job.


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 Post subject: Re: 89 Specialized
PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2019 4:28 am 
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That turned out great. I love this generation of Specialized, and Autosol is also my best friend.


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