91 Team Marin...all road tourer?!

Nice progress with this. Marin make great tourers. A woman I used to work with rode a team Titanium set up as a tourer with rack & guards, it had custom cnc'd bosses made to fit them etc. Not the best use of a ti Marin, but cool to see one on a daily basis.
 
Decals arrived today. I've gone for a bit of a pastiche arrangement.

Basically the 89 downtube decals blown up by 9% to make them the same aspect, but fitting a oversize tube. Cheers Ian at DNFIVE for sorting those for me.

Rest are pretty standard.

The Tange gold decal is the original, removed with a hairdryer and stored. The glue was pretty good, but the corners were peeling, so I bonded it behind a bit of paint protection film for good measure....after a bit of ironing out.

The most disappointing are the 2 tange fork decals from lloyds! The cut is poor, with the decal a bit out of shape, the colours are a bit washy and the metalic pink....well isnt.

Oh why did you have to leave us Velocal! Yours were spot on😂. RIP.

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I use the bit of cotton method to find/ sight the tube middle, so much easier as your then just putting the type equally spaced on each side.....

I also tape round the tubes too to help keep stuff level.
 

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So here she is.....not quite how I was expecting it, but things develop their own mass as I said...and this seems to be rolling nicely now! 😂
 

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Thats the crank done ( another xt m730 rescued)....this one was pretty knackered (£12 of ebay).....its a bit thinner...but im not going to be jumping cliffs on it! 🤣.

Plus, im reusing an old shark fin. Scraped the old tape off and put a new bit of double sided on. Ready to go....and basically free!

Just got to decide on some parts now!
 

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I've also decided on some brakes....im sorry to the bluff traditionalist, but im going 'V'.

It was one of the things I really wasn't 100% happy with on the previous version. Yes, cantilevers are prettier, but I just want uncomplicated ease of use and a bit more power.

The only problem is the bloody ugly levers that started around 96.....I even started a post a week or so back to see if anybody has a nice looking set they know of. The answer there was "NO".


But, I might have a solution....w.t.s.

Ive gone for some XT T780 calipers. These have been in the cupboard a fair while, so time they saw the light of day.

Lets see where the weight of these decisions pulls the bike!
 

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I've also decided on some brakes....im sorry to the bluff traditionalist, but im going 'V'.

It was one of the things I really wasn't 100% happy with on the previous version. Yes, cantilevers are prettier, but I just want uncomplicated ease of use and a bit more power.

The only problem is the bloody ugly levers that started around 96.....I even started a post a week or so back to see if anybody has a nice looking set they know of. The answer there was "NO".


But, I might have a solution....w.t.s.

Ive gone for some XT T780 calipers. These have been in the cupboard a fair while, so time they saw the light of day.

Lets see where the weight of these decisions pulls the bike!
If you can angle the levers in such a way that when you look down on the bars when you're riding they are obscured from view. Problem fixed! 😜And then fit some Tioga Brake Tamers to beef up the feel! :)💪
 
Bit of progress....easy bit. Dug out and fitted some sakae 129 "lowfats" pedals. Bit of a rebuild and body polish.....Christophe clip and straps.

Odd choice, but i really like these old pedals. Very simple, old skool bearings.....just watch the seals as the rot and nobody makes a replacement....so if you buy any beware!

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Also picked a front and rear mech. The rear I'm happy with, but jury is out on the front. I did try a low mount version, but being more modern, I couldn't get enough swing out of it.

I think I might have to rethink that front one and possibly go back to plan A of a m735......plus a bit of black might break up the all silver.
 

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