April 19th 2014
This matte fern green Gary Fisher Marlin was discovered on its side … in a cold garage … under a pile of kiddie bikes … with an old mattress thrown up against it.
The previous owner had spent years commuting on it. During that time, I suspect the only water it had seen was from the puddles he had ridden it through. Commuting days over, it had suffered the indignity of being locked in a garage and forgotten about.
Once home, I spent a good hour removing grime, reflectors, cycle computer cables, light brackets, racks, endless strips of sellotape, and all the other crap that some people insist on adding to a bike. This revealed the paint underneath – which is a actually a stunning colour. Having introduced it to some very hot soapy water the paint was revealed to be in better-than-expected condition. It was then gently rubbed down with 0000 grade steel wool drenched in WD40, which removed the various scruffs, marks and other blemishes. It was then washed again (to remove the WD40).
After a few new components, a pair of IRC redwall knobblies, and lots of polishing and TLC, the Marlin is finally ready for a new home.
Here it is as I found it. I know … hard to believe it’s the same bike, right?