Just taken delivery of this frame (Thanks Jerone!!) after first showing an interest a year ago. Basically, it turned up in Holland and was put up on here in the ebay section. One of my earliest memories of the Orange brand was from hanging around the original Airevalley Cycles 1989/90ish and I can remember seeing the rare yellow/white
+ pink/white as well as the iconic orange/white bikes. By the time Airevalley moved in 1991/92 the yellow and pink options were no longer available. Troje had a look and said it was in pretty good condition. He then agreed to get it for me and post it across the channel. Virtually all the parts were low rent and not worth sending so they were removed to reduce the postage cost. He had a right old going on finding a way of getting it here for a reasonable price but in the end I got the message that it was on the way.
Before too long I got a card through the door saying I'd missed a delivery and they would attempt to re-deliver the next day. I knew it would be the Clockwork so was a bit giddy.
The next day came and went without a delivery.
Whilst at work the next day the postie came back and once again left a card, this time saying it was going back to the depot at Leeds.
I was just about to move house so didn't contact them straight away but as soon as I'd moved I rang up and asked for it to be sent to the new address. The lady said fine, it'll be there on X. It didn't turn up on X.
I rang back only to be informed that they couldn't send it to another address unless they got the ok from the sender, even though they'd told me a few days earlier they could.
I said 'fine, I'll come and collect from the depot'. They said 'Great, it's here waiting for you'. I said 'Brilliant, please don't return it to sender', they said 'Don't worry, we won't'.
A day or two later I set off on my merry way to do the 60+ mile round trip to collect it. After getting to the depot, waiting a good 45 mins for the ranting chap in front of me to get sorted I got to speak to the lady I spoke to on the phone. She remembered me and went off to find the box which she'd seen in the warehouse. As I'm sure you've now guessed she couldn't find it.
She checked the computer again, which said it was there, checked the warehouse again, got some one else to check, then finally gave up and admitted it must have been sent back (after they promised not to) but no one had updated the computer.
Off home I went with my tail between my legs, fuming. I contact Jerone so he could start up a claim. He kept me informed and I supplied all the info I could but it looked like a classic was lost in transit forever.
I didn't think too much more about it until Jerone contacted me months later to say it had turned up out of no where back in Holland and did I want him to try again? Damn straight I did!
So this time we had no drama's and arrive it did at the new Brock Towers after four trips across the sea and most of 2013 spent lost in a box in various European frieght depots!.
The biggest suprise was the condition the frame's in. I've had a few 89's but this is the cleanest by far with very little patina. I've not got round to cleaning it up yet but know it'll be a belter after a de-grease and polish. The paint is very bright with little sun fade and looks great against the orange of the Prestige. Build wise I've got a M60 Deore groupo sat ready and am thinking of having the saddle and Orange stem off the Prestige for it. A nice simple build in the spec it could have left the shop in. That's the plan anyway.