Been lurking for awhile and wanted to see if my old bike is worth restoring/fixing up or not.
I've got a '89 or 90 Marin Eldridge Grade. Not sure of the exact year as I got it used in late 90-early 91 (IRCC) and haven't found much info on the internet. Bike is a mix of Shimano DX/LX, though not sure how much is original as I rode this pretty hard in the early 90s and replaced some of the components. Steel frame with rigid forks (Tange OS).
Couple of interesting things, it is a small frame (15.5) and has a Shimano U-brake, not on the chain stays, but where cantis would normally be mounted. The bike also has the splatter paint finish that was popular in the late 80s/early 90s. It has a white base with green/yellow/black splatter.
The DX rapid fire shifter for the front derailleur has stopped working so I would need to replace. Paint is chipped in places and has some minor rust where exposed, but looks good overall.
Good candidate to restore? I've never been a fan of the splatter paint so I wouldn't mind repainting it but then it would lose it 80s/90s uniqueness. Not sure if this color scheme was rare or not. Haven't seen many old Marin's posted here. I really like the geometry and it fits me well, so I will definately ride it again.
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