November 30th 2061
This GT Pantera appeared for sale one Sunday afternoon. A little mooching around the web and I discover it’s a 1992 Pantera AL. Tyres aside it looks original.
I wasn’t actually going to buy this bike. But on it’s third day for sale I found myself calling the seller. To be honest, I was surprised none of the 50-55 other people who had seen the ad had bought it.
Anyway, those people missed out on a full Exage / LX drivetrain (including u-brake), Ritchey Vantage Sport rims, and original GT waffle grips.
After getting it home and giving it a good wash I can see it’s in pretty good shape for it’s age. It has a few scratches, and a few rusty spots on the steel fork, and the handlebar and pedals are corroded under the paint. Also, every bolt has been overtightened (oh joy!).
Size-wise it’s actually quite deceptive – the frame measures 20 inches c-t-c.
I’m not sure what I’ll do with it yet. It wouldn’t take much to restore it to original spec, but I might tweak it slightly with some light blue cables, or a sky blue suede saddle, or maybe some white tyres. Or maybe all of those things. Regardless, with a little love and a few replacement parts it’ll be a cracking bike!
Here it is a few days after getting it home. It’s had a good wash (the wheels in particular were filthy – they were covered in what looked like a layer of Maple syrup) and it’s had a few components replaced. Far from finished – but looking better already, eh?