Retro Marin Restoration

Aug 2, 2009 at 23:39
by me blas  

Circa 92 Marin perhaps pallisades, renovated for my wife

Well my wife wanted her bike updating. I brought this about 6 years ago for £25... we just wanted a light but cheap bike for her to use on the odd day riding together. It was very well used before we got it and was well used buy us. My wife said she wanted it tided up, it had over 100 scratches on it, most parts were rusted, and some of the bearings were ceased up. All in all it was in a sorry state.

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So I said I would update it, now I could have popped to the local garage and got them to strip and powder coat it for £30 but I decided to give it that personal touch and earn some brownie points, plus I love to build bikes.

I stripped the bike down and nitromorsed the frame, being an old frame the paint came off in about......... 10 seconds. A trip to B&Q, and brought some plasticoat primer, pink main coat and some clear top coat. I did about 6 undercoats, 4 of the main pink and 3 top coats. I also did the forks and stem in white.

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Well it went far better than I had hoped, there are no streaks or runs in the paint and I even managed to keep all the threads clear of paint. Next I stripped the wheels, mech's, brakes and brought them back to new with some elbow grease.

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Well it still needs to be finished off but I am really happy with the result and my wife is well chuffed. It’s also been really interesting building and renovating something Old school!!

OK it needs finishing, some new 1.95 tyres and some new grips are needed etc but it is well under way! I am now hunting down some new pedals, shifters and new V’s as the old ones were a tad beyond it. It’s made a change from throwing cash at a bike, or shopping for the bling kit. I think it has cost a total of £18 for paint and nitromorse. Not a bad investment….. Yes I cannot stand pink, but I have a happy wife!
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