I pulled a 94 Marin Nail Trail from the garbage yesterday. This is at least the fifth quality bike I've seen in the last week that has suffered major destruction from the gooey waxy oil sold by local bike shops.The chain, derailers and sprockets are almost totaled by the sand and other rubbish that was embedded in tarry excess oil.The XTR shifters were also totally seized by excess oil of a consistency somewhere between concrete and tar.With a thin oil and an hour of scrubbing I restored the trigger shifters and now have a 12 to 16 speed bike out of the original 21 speeds, depending on how lucky you are on skipped gears.
Now I'm wondering what to do with the bike and if it is worth the effort. The frame is great, the wheels are true and many of the peripherals are in excellent condition. Even the Marin Lite tires are excellent.Right now I'm torn between replacing poorly performing original components with matching ones from my parts inventory for an attempt at $400.00 resale or to just put low level Shimano it to produce a $100.00 commuter. The third option is to dump it as is for $75.00.
Is a 94 Marin Nail trail worth the parts and labor to restore it or should I save those parts for a better bike ?