Saturday, June 06, 2009

1998 Marin Stinson

Last fall I saw this cool looking bike at the Bicycle Goodie Shop in Bethel with a Brooks Saddle on it that was in for repairs.  Linda, the shop owner, told me that the rear internal hub couldn't be repaired and that the owner was now looking to sell the bike but of course what caught my eye was the Saddle.  When I first asked the price was way too much for a bike that was basically broken and didn't include the Brooks.

On Wednesday of this past week I happened into the shop and saw that the bike was still there and the owner throught the seller might come down on the price.  Got his number and made an offer which he didn't like.  I left him my name and number and said to call me if he reconsiders.  Six hours later, he did, and for a little extra he through in the Brooks B66 saddle!  

This bike is the perfect platform for fixed gear commuter/cross bike.  Originally, I was going to convert the Qball into a Monster Crosser, assuming I could sell the Fetish Fixation and find a 29er frame.  That could still happen but for now I have a 700c fixed gear conversion to work on and this will be the perfect fixed gear commuter, which means I have to sell the Bridgestone as well.
Here are the specs according to Bikepedia:

Bicycle TypeHybrid
Sugg Retail$379.00
Sizes13.5", 15.5", 17.5", 19", 20.5", womens 17.5"
ColorsMatte forest green

Frame & ForkFrame ConstructionTIG-weldedFrame Tubing MaterialTange chromolyFork Brand & ModelRST 800Fork MaterialAluminum/chromoly, triple-clamp crownRear ShockNot applicable

Component GroupShimano Nexus
BrakesetShimano Nexus Roller brake brakes, Shimano Nexus levers
Shift LeversShimano Nexus
Front DerailleurNot applicable
Rear DerailleurNot applicable
CranksetAluminum, 44 teeth
Bottom BracketShimano BB-CS11, 116mm spindle
BB Shell Width68mm English
Rear Cogs4-speed internal, 19 teeth
ChainKMC UG-50, 1/2 x 3/32"
SeatpostAluminum micro-adjust, 27.0mm diameter
SaddleMarin Comfort
HandlebarAluminum, 2" rise
Handlebar ExtensionsNot included
Handlebar StemAluminum
Headset1" Victor VP-H67

HubsFront: Shimano Altus, Rear: Shimano Nexus Roller brake
RimsAlex VP-18F, 36-hole
Tires700 x 38c Marin Lite
Spoke BrandSteel, 2.0mm straight gauge
Spoke NipplesBrass nipples

Now I have to take the rear wheel off and see if I can convert that to a fixed gear or do I need another rear wheel.  Also have to take off the drive train cover and count teel on the front ring.  According to Bikepedia, it's a 44t upfront.  If that is the case, I am saved, if not I have to find a new crankset.  I am thinking Nitto flared drops.  One break and fixed of course.

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