February 15th 2014
I spotted this ’90 Marin Pine Mountain for sale at 11.45pm one Friday night. I had an overwhelming urge to call the seller right there and then, but somehow managed to wait until the next morning. And it was still for sale. I headed over to Seaforth that lunchtime to be greeted by a top bloke (English bloke) called Paul. (Hi Paul, thanks for the tea!)
Paul’s father bought the bike new from Evans in Kingston-Upon-Thames (I know that store well, I used to live in Wimbledon). Anyway, Paul later adopted it and brought it with him when he moved to Australia.
As you’d expect, it has a few non-original parts but most of it is still there and in pretty good shape. I’m particularly happy that the neon orange can still make my eyes water after all these years.
I’m still sourcing a few new old stock parts for this, and having the wheels rebuilt with a pair of unused black Araya RM-20 rims I found in the US. A pair of Panaracer Smoke and Dart tyres is waiting, as is an old pair of Deore DX pedals. Still looking for a suitable saddle though.
Gotta love an old neon Marin.