Old Ned wrote:
Nice bike. Don't see many - if any! - Orange road bikes around (even in Yorkshire) although they must have produced quite a few and had a road team in the early 90's (Jonny Clay and Chris Young rode for them).
Any others out there?
As Mr 666 says, good luck is about right ... this is only the 3rd Orange road frame I've seen up for sale - I've seen a huge Dynamo go on STW and a gorgeous 60cm Formula in orange and white fade (same as Mr Kawasaki's) on eBay at the same time as I found this one. The Formula was far too big for me, looked very tired, and sold for a song and dance.
I would have much preferred a boggo production Roadie-O from the '99 catalogue, but so far it has not meant to be. However, this is what the previous owner said of my bike -
I met Steve Wade (I think that was his name!?) the co founder of Orange at a MTB race in the early 1990's and we got talking about road bikes (I'm a roadie at heart). He was thinking about building road bikes as he liked training on the road. I wanted a road bike like the "compact" orange MTB frames, he was dying to build one so I think I gave him the excuse. He wanted the extended seat tube to save weight...note how the new frames (Trek, giant) now have this. He was thirty years ahead of the game!! As far as I know (I can't prove it) this was the first orange road bike! It was black because I wanted black and I remember Steve's wife saying all bikes look good in black!? He was really helpful and we even had a mini tour of his factory in Halifax. I'll always have a soft spot for orange! It has a frame no. OD33 on the bottom and my name. The 33 refers to nothing so it is definitely not number 33!
- so I'm fairly happy to keep it as it is until that elusive Roadie-O crops up with wishbone seatstays.
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