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 Post subject: GT Avalanche 1992
PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:09 pm 
North West Deputy AEC
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Location: Lancashire
back in the summer of 1992 I decided to buy myself a GT Avalanche, I was 17 and my Emmelle Cortina was just not up to the job.

fast forward to earlier this year and whilst in the for sale forum/ebay plug I found this frame, forks, and stem. I just had to reacquaint myself and build a GT like my original.

I dug out my front canti hanger out of my spares box, and called my old Uni mate Neil to check he had my old wheels which I had taken off my original GT BITD. He did and I bought them back.

I took the bike out in Grizedale for the 3 man RetroBike ride and apart from the constant pinch flats it rode really well (see Paul's snap below).

Frame/Forks:GT Avalanche 1992

Headset:Deare DX
Stem:GT Flip Flop OEM
Handlebar:GT Silver Alloy (black wanted)
Grips:Onza Ulles clear
Barends:N/A

Brakes:Deore DX cantis front, U-brake Rear
Brake Pads:Aztec
Brake Cables:
Cantilever cable hangers:GT front headset mount hanger (from my original bike
Brake Levers:Deore XT

Shifters:Deore XT
Front Derailleur:Deore XT M735
Rear Derailleur: Deore XT M735 short cage
Derailleur Cables:
Cassette: Shimano HG70
Chain:Sram 7/8 speed
Cranks:Deore MT60
Crank Bolts: Shimano/X-Lite blue ano caps (faded)
Chainrings:Deore DX
Chainring bolts:Deore DX
Bottom Bracket:Shimano UN72
Pedals: Onza HOs

Hub Skewers:Halo Blue ano allen key
Rims:Ritchey Vantage Expert OEM (from my original bike)
Hubs:Deore DX (from my original bike)
Nipples:Brass
Spokes:Stainless butted
Tyres: Onza Porcs (current new ebay available model)
Tubes:Air B Pink

Saddle:Selle Italia Flite
Seatpost:GT Kalloy OEM
Seatpost Binder:X-Lite Blue ano titanium (bought for my original bike BITD)

Photo of my original soon after purchase
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Photo of my original in 1994 following some mods
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photo of the original 1992 catalogue
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photos of my current Avalanche
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Paul's photo of the RetroBike Lakes Ride
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:29 pm 
retrobike rider
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Location: Liverpool
Everytime I think about replacing my Avalanche... I see a bike like this and start to think about keeping it again.

Love the finish on that, really nice paint job for a cracking bike.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:44 pm 
North West Deputy AEC
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Location: Lancashire
cheers, they are good


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:24 pm 
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Location: Helsinki, Finland
The steel Avalanche was one of my dreambikes in the beginning of 90's.. Probably because of the paintjob and all the features of the frame which made it individual.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:39 pm 
National & North West AEC
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Location: Macclesfield Forest
Great bike this one.
Here's a couple more photos from the Lake District ride earlier this year:

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 12:22 am 
West Midlands Deputy AEC
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Location: Suffolk
Nice bike - looks great

I really like these - always wanted one BITD.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:24 am 
Gold Trader / MacRetro rider
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Location: Returning
lovely bike

wheres you favorite pic location paul ?
seen it a few times now


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 10:05 am 
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Lovely bike, i remember being 15 years old and wanting one very badly
(but never done enough paper routes to be able to afford one).


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 2:21 pm 
Lincs AEC
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Location: Branston, Lincoln
One of my faves from GT. One of the best years, one of the best colour schemes.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 19, 2010 9:21 pm 
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Location: T'North
Fantastic bike great photographs


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