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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:50 am 
National & North West AEC
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December 2010 - NWA Goyt Valley and Buxton ride
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July 2009 - In the beginning...

Several months after getting hold of this damaged and therefore free Saracen frame, I've finally got around to building it up.
I ordered a frame from the 'Bankrupt Surplus Bikes' bloke on eBay back in February. I was a bit annoyed when the wrong frame turned up, and a damaged one at that. Despite this, I can't fault John the eBay trader for his excellent customer service. A couple of very polite email exchanges and the correct frame was sent out and, as an added bonus, I got to keep the original one. So two frames for £20 has to be a real bargain.

The frame I originally ordered was built up to replace my touring bike and turned out very nicely like this:

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But then left with another spare frame which was easily repairable I decided to make good use of it.

So began work on my 'retro-mod' winter hack bike.
Here is the damage to the frame:

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I repaired the bent drop-out and decided that I could live with a cosmetically damaged top-tube. I did however remove a section of brazed on cable pipe for a rear canti brake and drilled out the lower cable stop so that I could use v-brakes.
I raided the spares box and gathered together enough parts to build yet another bike.
Eventually the frame and £5 set of Saracen forks went off to the powder coaters.

£30 and 8 days later...

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And so this was built up over the weekend using mostly Deore M510/530 components, with 8 speed STX-RC shifters, and some bullet-proof self built wheels.
The mudguards and rack are a very practical feature which should keep me dry in winter as well as during the permadrizzle summers we seem to be getting nowadays.
All this weighs in at a reliably tank like 34 pounds, so it'll be good for training on too.

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I'm not totally sure what year this frame is, but my best guess would be about 1994 or possibly later, but whatever it is I quite like it.
So there you have it. Another piece of old Saracen steel put to good use.

EDIT: The 1993 range nearly all had 26.2mm seatposts. This bike takes a 26.4mm post so is more likely a 1994 or 1995 frame.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 1:56 pm 
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That looks very tidy, I like it :D


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 4:16 pm 
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Indeed :D proper job


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 12:32 pm 
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Great job... 8) I had the same build idea for my Cannondale... Light tourer spec... :D

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