You know how it is when you see something a bit colourful and bike shaped on eBay and you put in a low bid and then promptly forget about it?
Well I'd completely forgotten about this one until I was contacted with a second chance offer stating that the original winner had pulled out of the sale. I only bid on the bike based on the fact it was pick up only and pretty much in my home town.
So this morning, inspired by Eddie Izzard and with the knowledge that I'd been putting off training for my marathons later this year I put on my running shoes to run the 4 miles or so to pick the bike up and ride it back home again.
On the way there I was rather pleased when my legs didn't explode as anticipated and that the bike was just about rideable. Okay so the rear mech cable had snapped, the chain was slacker than a yokel's jaw and the brakes only sort of worked if you gave them advance notice in writing.
But I got back home alive and in one piece.
So this little runter, the bottom of the 1991 Saracen range, has been saved from a certain date with a skip based destiny and is now in my possession. It's more or less all original and, although well used and neglected, had been stored in a garage for the last 19 years. The frame is a reasonably lightweight Tange double butted affair, with the original stem and bars in pretty good condition too.
I have already removed the legendary 200GS chainset. It fell to the floor with a dull thud and I haven't been able to lift it since.
Also gone are the 200GS STI's which are probably as bad as catching STI's.
Anyway, now some pictures.
So what to do with it...? Saracen Sahara Single Speed springs to mind...