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Old 12-08-21, 11:36 AM
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Maybe OP could post a picture now...Pine Mountain.


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Old 09-10-22, 09:12 PM
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looking at a 94 eldridge trail and 99 indian fire trail right now. nice bikes great frames
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Originally Posted by elroberto
looking at a 94 eldridge trail and 99 indian fire trail right now. nice bikes great frames
It's actually Eldridge Grade. I have a '92 and love it. If you get any of those, post pics when you can.
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Old 09-11-22, 08:46 AM
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I picked up a Marin Sausalito a few months ago. I think I got it for $40. Surprise extras were a Specialized bike computer, like new two-year-old Specialized helmet, Topeak under seat bag, Bontrager CO2 inflation kit, and a spare tube. t's bare aluminum with clearcoat that has let in some moisture over the years, so it doesn't look all that great, but it's a nice riding bike, still trying to determine how old it is. It has Nexave brakes with some type of compensator on the cable with some red brackets to adjust. Can't post pictures to the forum yet.
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Old 09-11-22, 11:53 AM
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allow me an "old guy reminiscence" moment: way back in late 1990s time I worked for a small ad agency in a neighborhood (China Basin in SF) that has undergone enormous changes since then.

On lunch breaks I wandered around looking for new takeaway foods and heading up Townsend street there were clusters of old wood frame warehouses that had once been storehouses for food products (off-loaded from the Southern Pacific freight trains) but then rented to all sorts of businesses who needed a lot of (inexpensive) floorspace. Many were in the furniture trade, quite a few with antiques and curiosities.

One day I saw the large place on the corner of Townsend and 7th street had a "Marin bicycles" banner. They had just moved into the dark high-ceiling open interior with samples of all the current line-up and were selling direct to walk-ins.

The unique thing was they had enough room inside they encouraged buyers to take their test rides indoors, so I did! This was something I had never seen before in SF or anywhere else in California.

Never bought one from this facility but killed quite a few hours trying many models out, I don't recall them having any road models for sale back then.
Later the Marin dealership moved up 7th street to a smaller conventional LBS storefront and added other brands.

The big warehouse became SF headquarters for Adobe software, after a major face-lift and a tarted up interior.
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Old 09-12-22, 09:24 AM
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Originally Posted by Cycle Tourist

Bought on cl for$100. It's faded and we'll used but I like it.

after a teardown and rebuild.
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I'm glad someone resurrected this thread........ I didn't find it when I initially found my Marin. Now I don't have to be the "grave robber" LOL.... J/K.

Originally Posted by 2cam16
It's actually Eldridge Grade. I have a '92 and love it. If you get any of those, post pics when you can.
This is how my '95 Eldridge Grade came home a couple years ago and it's finally going to get some TLC soon. I can't believe how light it is! The saddle and seatpost must have been robbed and replaced with these BSO pieces, I have the correct Kalloy seat post and a new Panaracer Dart front tire and Smoke rear coming. The original Mavic M400/Deore wheel is on the front but the rear rim has been replaced with an unknown (probably a Weinmann) and is in pretty rough shape, it has the correct Deore hub but I suspect the whole wheel was swapped out from another bike because the spokes are quite nasty too and it is nowhere as nice as the front wheel. I have a NOS Mavic M400 rim to lace to the current rear hub but I think I may build a NOS set of Mavic X222's on NOS Deore hubs for it instead. I'll go ahead and lace the NOS M400 onto the old hub and keep the original wheelset in cold storage. It still has almost most of its original Marin branded components including the bottle cages but it's missing the original saddle which is probably something I would have replaced for actual riding but it would be nice to have one to go with the bike.

UPDATE: I found a decent period correct Marin "Lite" saddle a few hours after entering this post. It's the exact same style as the one pictured in the 1995 Marin catalog with one slight difference. The catalog saddle has the graphics on each side of the nose and this one has a single graphic across the back but the graphics match exactly and we all know how things can differ between the catalogs and what actually hit the sales floor. I paid dearly for it but it's the only one I'd seen on Ebay in 2 years of watching and it has just the right patina for the rest of the bike. I also picked up a new pair of the Ritchey foam hexagonal grips that are on it now. Except for cables, tubes, brake pads and a chain the only thing left is to dig it out and get it on the stand.




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Old 09-22-22, 01:49 PM
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Two recent acquisitions. 1994 marine Eldridge Grade and a 1993 Indian fire trail

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Old 09-22-22, 02:03 PM
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Old Marin, take a look at my life. I'm a lot like you...
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Old 09-26-22, 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Cycle Tourist

after a teardown and rebuild.
I like it so much that it's become my go to for many things now.
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Nice bike and Saddle, is that a Brooks? I picked up a 93 Muirwoods last year for $50. on marketplace and just got it back on the road on the cheap to see if I like it.
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Originally Posted by goodwrench84
Nice bike and Saddle, is that a Brooks? I picked up a 93 Muirwoods last year for $50. on marketplace and just got it back on the road on the cheap to see if I like it.
Are you referring to [MENTION=454166]Cycle Tourist[/MENTION] bike? It's best to quote the post so they see it. And yes, it's a leather saddle, likely either Brooks or Ideale. Sweet looking ride.
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Old 07-02-23, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by goodwrench84
Nice bike and Saddle, is that a Brooks? I picked up a 93 Muirwoods last year for $50. on marketplace and just got it back on the road on the cheap to see if I like it.
An old Brooks Professional with copper rivets. I hardly ride anything else anymore.
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Old 07-02-23, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by elroberto
looking at a 94 eldridge trail and 99 indian fire trail right now. nice bikes great frames
nvrmnd, oops

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Old 07-10-24, 04:44 PM
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Old thread but I figure a Marin info thread is still useful.
so I'm just adding to the vintage Marin MTB database.

I picked up this two color blue/green Marin Palisades recently.

I'm not sure the year but probably 1987, 1988 or 1989.
26.4 Seatpost has 1989 stamped on it and serial numbers are T904 68658. Of course seatposts are easy to replace.

It has Shimano Exage Trail front and rear derailers.
RD-M350 and FD-M351.

One comment I found by a lady with exactly the same color thought it was a 1987 but that comment is far from conclusive.

Another comment said 1988 models had under the chainstay brakes.

Someone else thought the roller wheel for front brake came in around 1989 or so.
Best guess is it's a 1989 model.









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Nice find! Yeah most likely an '89. I just picked up an '88 Bear Valley a few weeks ago with the chainstay brakes.
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My ‘98 Hawk Hill. Bike was given to me in a sad state of affairs. Foolishly, I took it in and put it in a less sad state of affairs thanks to a cheap donor bike and some random bits from the parts bin:






Really, it’s not a great bike but it rides and shifts. Good loaner or I may try to build something interesting out of it….

Wish it had the non tapered “afterburner “ seat and chain stays, but it is triple butted Tange tubing so there’s that…

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I completely disassembled the Marin Palisades and just to add a data point this 20.5" frame and fork weighed in at 8.49 pounds. For comparison just recently I similarly stripped down and then built up a 1989 Hard Rock Comp and it came in at 8.0 for the frame and fork. I guess both are considered mid-range models but I was surprised by the half pound difference in frame /fork combo.

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Originally Posted by cooperryder

I completely disassembled the Marin Palisades and just to add a data point this 20.5" frame and fork weighed in at 8.49 pounds. For comparison just recently I similarly stripped down and then built up a 1989 Hard Rock Comp and it came in at 8.0 for the frame and fork. I guess both are considered mid-range models but I was surprised by the half pound difference in frame /fork combo.
The Specialized used a higher grade of Tange Custom Tubing
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