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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 7:53 pm 
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First off i have to say you are all guilty. - Guilty because you made me do this :!:

This Muirwoods has quite some history on retrobike.co.uk.
Robdem used to be the owner and sold it to Philleeds. After one or two heartbreaking PM's Phil recognized my desperation and resold the Muirwoods to me. - Cheers for that!
Check out what he did with the bike here.
The Marin catalog suggests the Muirwoods "...for downtown commuting or uphill climbing...it handles the hazards of town and country.."
Since i already got a Marin Eldridge Grade which is now awaiting its transformation back into a real mountain bike this build here will be something to conquer the streets of Bavaria.
In this first pic you can see what it was like when it still was with Rob.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:40 pm 
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The first thing i have done is to carry the old and grimy wheelset that came originally with my Eldridge Grade to my LBS for some trueing.
Then i put new Schwalbe rim tape on the Wolber AT18 rims and cleaned the wheels and the Shimano 7-speed cassette as good as i could.
For cleaning the cassette i used silicone oil and for the rest (including the Schwalbe Marathon Spezial tyres) glas cleaner. The Marathons are from 1993. Tyre-tubes are brand new Schwalbe SV13.
The hubs are Shimano LX and have 32 holes. Hopefully the hubs and spokes are the only silver bits on this build. I will try to keep it as black as possible and let the frame do the talking. Just like Charlieboy28 did with his Muirwoods. Since my build don't claim to be anywhere near perfection i guess the dark grey LX M560 quick release skewers are dark enough for now. (I have one similar black M560 front wheel skewer but i'm missing the rear one.)


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 10:42 pm 
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More Pics.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:07 am 
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This morning i cleaned the frame and attached the Shimano cable guide.
The bottom bracket that came with the frame spins smoothly and i'm thankfull that there has no work to be done on that.

I wasn't too happy that i couldn't see the little Marin and Spinner lettering on the fork and near the rear mech hanger and i thought they are gone due to the overall condition of the paintjob but silicone oil is really magic stuff.

Also i fitted some old and used black Ritchey - Y.S.T. headset from 1991.

Finally i attached a new black safety seatpost binder the wrong way around. When i wanted to put on the pictured cable outer it was clear to turn around the seatpost binder.
I thought maybe should shorten the cable outer a bit. Any advice on that?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:12 am 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:15 am 
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:18 pm 
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The pictured decals indeed look like there were race proven in more then one county. :)
But what is facile beauty against intrinsic values?
I keep the decals to remind me that everything in life is fleeting...


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:26 pm 
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Some Shimano LX M565 Cantilevers found its way to my home and onto the bike. These were a pain to clean. :roll:


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:55 pm 
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Looking very good so far 8)

Looking forward to updates.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:40 pm 
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Thank you chrisv40.
What's the seatpost diameter on your Muirwoods?
Maybe you can tell me your frame number. I'm interested in the topic if yours was produced in 1990, too. I'm aware of the fact that they are in the 1991 Marin catalog. But both frame numbers of my Eldridge Grade and of my Muirwoods clearly state 1990 as production date..
I think most of the bikes in the 1991 catalog were already produced. That shows a good portion self-esteem from Marin. :D


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