Finally got round to starting my Eldridge Grade rebuild. Was my third MTB BITD (after a Universal non-name and a Carrera Quattro Comp GT) and did a lot of mileage back then both fun and racing. It means something to me so this is going to be a restore to fairly original specs..
This is my original bike bought new from Rhondda Cycle Centre in late 1993 (for the South Wales Winter Cyclo Cross Championships) and whilst I have bought a 1996 Tequesta to romp about on, this is the bike I will return to ride.
The bike itself is pretty worn out, but the frame, although scratched in quite a few places doesnt seem cracked or dented anywhere. Current specs are:
Ritchey Logic Headset
Marin Lite Stem , bars and barends
Deore LX M563 cantis
Deore LX M563 brake / gear levers
Deore LX front and rear mechs
Deore LX (black) compactdrive chainset
Deore XT (M735?) pedals (now on Tequesta)
Selle Italia Rolls saddle with Marin seatpost
Mavic 231 rims on M563 parallax hubs
First job was stripping the frameset to remove everything. Luckily no stuck seatpost but cant hold frame enought in Lounge to remove BB without damaging the floor! Therefore thats a job for next time I get to spend time on it. Didnt realise just how bent back the seatpost was till I removed it!
Next job will be completely stripping it of BB / headset etc then sending it off to be powdercoated. Anyone know the closest RAL or BS colour to the "champagne" or whatever its called finish on these Marins?