- Retro shinyness – Preserve or Use?
I picked up what I thought was going to be a scruffy mid 90s mountain bike today with a view to taking the frame, chucking the rest, and building up a reasonably lightweight hack ride.
The reality is though it’s the best part of 20 years old it is all bar a couple of scratches pretty minty.
No it’s nothing mega rare, and no this isn’t a veiled for sale thread, hence my non specifics.
Use it,or move it on and get something else?Posted 5 years agoneilmMember
My entire bike stable is made up of retros; from the 94 Zaskar LE I built in 94 up to the 2002 Dave Yates.
They all get used, that’s the point in owning them.
My wife just found a 91 Marin Bear Valley on preloved. She had one 20 years ago and has been after another for a long time. I would say from the condition of it that under the accumulated dust of a dozen years of storage, there is a bike that has done less than 20 miles. Is she going to ride it? Damn right!
Here’s my DB, rescued from ebay with a hole in the top tube. Sent back to Chas for repair and respray and now ridden as a 2 x 10. The other bike is my daughters Orange C16R, also 2 x 10 and used every week.Posted 5 years agomindmap3Member
I’d use it… I don’t get the whole garage queen thing with bikes and cars. They’re made to be used as far as I’m concerned.
There are some fab rebuilds on Retrobike, people going to great lengths to rebuild bikes that they used to love etc but then not using them. It just doesn’t make sense to me…but then maybe I’m just a bit simple!Posted 5 years agoTiRedMember
That is truly gorgeous!
You have two options:
Sell it on Retrobike for a profit
Upgrade and enjoy it
I’ll raise a tin of creosote and a throw in a paintbrush and labour. If it was mine, I’d add some quality short travel front forks, and a BB7 disk brake (possibly a V on the back), a new set of wheels, bars and setm.
In fact I did just this for my son’s 1998 Marin Mount Vision, and it was lightweight joy of a FS bike that drew admiring comments from persons of a certain age.Posted 5 years agoYoKaiserSubscriber
If it fits and you like it and does what you want, I’d keep it and use it. Theres a small faction of Raleigh fans but unless you spent less than £70-£80 there won’t be that much profit in it. Unfortunately not all that is old is gold, your more likely to have people showing an interest in it as they may have coveted one BITD, they won’t be reaching for their wallets though.Posted 5 years agoDeveron53Member
I think the reason Retrobikers build garage queens is due to the number of hours (in spotty youth-dom) they spent drooling over unattainable mountain bikes in showrooms only to find thermselves 20 years later with enough cash to buy the object of their desires. But only to find post-build that the bikes ride like crap compared to modern kit. I did it with a Bonty Privateer. Built it, almost killed myself on it trying to ride the same trails as I ride on my modern metal.Posted 5 years ago
The Cannondale wasn’t one of the ‘iconic’ bikes. It’s a bit like finding a mint condition Ford Escort Mark 5. Amazing condition but still mundane.
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