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Before 'n after(2 posts)

Before 'n afterwooglin
Sep 11, 2003 9:31 AM
A little background. Back in 1986 I traded my first mtb, a Rockhopper that I never liked, for a (very) used Raleigh Competition GS (ca. 1977) and some cash. I rode hell out of the Raleigh for two years--multiple centuries, probably near 10,000 miles all told--and then scraped enough $$ together to buy another frame. Once I'd looted all the parts, the Raleigh just sat in various apartments and houses (and garages and basements), slowly rusting away. Many of the parts are still in use on my Allez, but the frame itself seemed destined for the trash pile someday when I finally got tired of feeling guilty for the neglect I'd been showing it. Out of sight, out of mind don'tcha know.

Fast forward to January of this year. Recognizing a kindred (retro) spirit, I asked a guy I know from another board if he wanted the old Raleigh frame, with the caveat that he restore it. Its a Carlton, and he's a smart guy, so he agreed, and over the past 9 months has had the frame stripped and repainted, gathered together some lovely old parts (and some new ones) and gotten her back on the road. Just the other day he sent me photos:



Cool. I always hate to toss even a junk bike...cory
Sep 11, 2003 11:53 AM
Neat. I held onto my early '70s, $100 Peugeot A08 for almost 30 years, long after I had several other bikes, just because nobody (even the Salvation Army) wanted it and I couldn't bear to throw it away. Finally found it a home with a guy in my neighborhood who wanted something to ride on the MUT.
I get attached to all kinds of inanimate junk like that: "Man, that's only a 79-cent Kmart screwdriver, but I remember I used it to adjust the carburetor on the lawnmower when we first moved into this house..."