Recent content by mclaren680

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    For Sale 1997 Merlin Cycles (UK) Rare Tange externally spiral butted frame & Tange fork & extras

    Hi, just's 23" exactly c-c top tube. For tyre clearance...I did a build using this frame to gauge sizing and it ended up too small so on the same day I disassembled it and donated most parts to a larger frame I had that better fit me. The tyres I used were Maxxis Holy Roller 2.4's...
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    For Sale 1997 Merlin Cycles (UK) Rare Tange externally spiral butted frame & Tange fork & extras

    ***£140*** Merlin Cycles (UK) Tange Spiral butted frame and Tange fork set from 1997 - 18.5” measured from centre of BB to centre of top tube. I believe that this is only 1 of 11 frame sets ever sold in the UK via Merlin Cycles (UK) with the spiral external butting ( see pics ) and only 4 of...
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    10 pcs 1.5-10mm Hex set - CR-V, ball end - £3.99 @ Lidl

    Same, more allen keys than spokes on my bikes now probably! This set is definitely best bang for the buck though (minus the plastic parts)
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    BoTM BotM September 2021 - The Vote

    'cruelty' is a new one, but I love the idea of the word :) P.S. I voted Zinn too - soooo nice
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    10 pcs 1.5-10mm Hex set - CR-V, ball end - £3.99 @ Lidl

    10 piece hex / allen set with extra long handles, Chromium Vanadium, ball ends sizes 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10mm The black/red handle on the 10mm in this pic is removable and can be put on the 5, 6, 8, 9 or 10mm for extra leverage when using the ball end £3.99 - Amazing deal!!
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    Show us your Marins

    Here's my 1995 Pine Mountain restomod I mostly built last year in lockdown, but put small finishing touches to this year. Before and after pics :) Spray.Bike DIY paint job with bronze gold / blackfriars, and a DYEDBros SpaceTrip vinyl protection wrap / DNFive '93 Marin decals Mavic Crossmax XL...
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    Marin Geometry / Nuances 1991 - 1996

    my '95 Pine Mountain 19" (BB to centre of top tube) is currently runing 2.0 Conti Race Kings but in a past version of itself I had 2.4 Maxxis Holy Rollers on. 2.4 is the ABSOLUTE max you can fit on the rear, as even then it only gives 2-3 mm tyre clearance on the chain stays, but more on the...
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    BoTM BotM September 2021 - nominations

    Thanks! No it's a DyedBro 'SpaceTrip' vinyl frame protection kit. As the bike is Spray.Bike'd I wasn't sure how well the paint would last with stone chips etc so probably went overboard and wrapped all the main risk areas, but I love the end result
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    BoTM BotM September 2021 - nominations

    mclaren680's 1995 Marin Pine Mountain restomod (before & after) It's not a Klein or an immaculate Fat Chance but I love it and it will have to be pried from my cold dead hands
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    1996 Univega Alpina - Steel drop-bar/gravel project

    Nice! A very inspiring build. I found a 'facebook marketplace special' £25 near to mint 95 Alpina 503 with 22" frame in british racing green. I was unsure which way to take it but going down the drop bar, semi weight weenie route is a strong one! I may do it myself
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    Difference between Ritchey Vantage and Rock rims

    I have a Vantage Pro rear / Vantage Comp front set, and I have a OCR Pro rear and Rock Pro front set. Apart from the above comments, I can add this - the OCR and Rock have spoke eyelets whereas the Vantage don't. Also the rim sticker on the Rock Pro says 'Triple Box Construction' and I imagine...