This is the bike which is responsible for leading me to this place just over a year ago.
I was given it by a mate of mine to get it working again so that he could lose some weight and get fit. Shortly after receiving it he decided to join a gym and let me keep the bike for free.
After a bit of web researching to find out what model year it was, I found retrobike and the rest is history.
I re-evaluated the old bikes that I had hung onto, re-lived a few memories and of course got hold of a few more...
Anyway this is the 1994 model, which after running as a hack for a while last winter, has been modestly upgraded from the original Alivio groupset.
I've decided to run it as a 7 speed. The cranks and brakes are LX with an STX rear mech and a single STX shifter. I've got the original 'Marin Lite' tyres, but after running various options I've settled on rust wall Continental Navigator and Double Fighter tyres. I really like the contrast between the blue and the orange and I'm a fan of snow-flake spoke lacing too.
The blue theme is developed with a few 'aspirational' upgrades including blue chainring bolts and a pair of 'X-Lite Chicken-Stix' brake levers which I had in my spares box.
All the other blue bits, including the bars, stem, seat QR and saddle rails are original and I really like the titanium effect 'Champagne' frame colour.
The saddle is also original and very comfortable, and was re-skinned in leather after reading a few threads on the technique on the forum.
Although mass produced low end Marins are not to everyones taste, including mine, I have been very impressed with how well it handles despite being a little too long in the top tube. To add to that it's very light and responsive in it's pared down 7 speed set up.
Finally a couple more pictures taken earlier this year with some moooohasive bar ends and thumbies.