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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:08 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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Location: Great Grimsby
Back in 91 i had my mountain bike stolen bitsa special, insurance paid up and i had money burning hole in my shell suit bottoms (it was the 90's)
Looking through mbuk i saw an ad from discount cycles in cheadle selling a 16" gt karakoram ex demo i think.
Phone call and mums visa card later it was mine.

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It stayed like this for a while then i started working and 1st weeks money went on some scott at4 think they were about £45-£50 in '92.
And then i had an accident coming home from work where a car overtook me then turned left as soon as he did. Bang! straight into the side of the audi coupe. Fortunatly a women coming out of the health club witnessed it and took me and the bike home, Long story short forks were bent backwards, i took the knees and elbows out of my clothes. I got some money to repair the bike from the driver and i bought some 2nd hand forks off my friend who had a british eagle pro carbon (anyone else remember these) and bought a new kona impact headset and its evolution began.
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Different wheels, then thumbshifters and other bits and pieces were added until i got my Rd125lc.
What a bag o nails that was and the gt was only used to go to the local motorbike shop to pick up more parts to repair the rd.
Then 4 wheels came along and i sold it to another friend (neil) in 94/95.
Fast forward to 08 and iam sat next to neil at a wedding and a chance remark i asked if he still had the gt, he did and did i want it back as he is clearing out his garage. So i went round a week later to be reunited with the olde girl. Still loked ok to me.
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A few hours in the garage and i still had the at4's here it is in 09. Think i ought to keep for ever now.
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It still got the mint sauce stickers from b.i.t.d as well
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 2:27 pm 
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nice, my outpost has similar paint job, i remember those stickers well, forks are certainly different.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:34 am 
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What a really great story... don't let it out of your sight this time.

I love those forks and the decals.

Chaser.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 2:50 am 
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cool story, crazy bike, thanks for sharing! :D


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:10 am 
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That looks familiar....

Wasn't parked around Toll Bar school back in the day by any chance?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:24 am 
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Great story! The forks actually look really good. Bet you'll keep it forever now. Nice


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 10:57 am 
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Yeah nice bike and story fella, Not many people get the chance to get their own bikes back.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 11:35 am 
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Nice story, nice bike!!

Do the front canti's really brake :?


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:26 pm 
Dirt Disciple

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mynchiboy wrote:
That looks familiar....

Wasn't parked around Toll Bar school back in the day by any chance?


BINGO!!!
Spot on there, you must have a good memory. Left toll bar 92 and ended up working in cromwell rd place called malpac. I got knocked off outside millfields.
Small world eh.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 12:29 pm 
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Martin wrote:
Nice story, nice bike!!

Do the front canti's really brake :?


Not very good at all, go as far as saying there ar$e.
Thinking of some new pads and bit of adjusting wouldnt be a bad idea.


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