Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:58 am

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Orange Elite.
PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 12:35 pm 
Dirt Disciple
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:12 pm
Posts: 32
Location: Halifax
Hullo, I am new to Retro bike, but not to Retro bikes even though I dont know much about the mechanics of them. I started out in around 1990 with a Muddy Fox, which then got upgraded to a black Clockwork, then a few years later I sold that :cry: to buy a prototype Orange :D . I then found beer and girls, so the bike was shoved in a corner but not totally forgot. Fast forward 10 years and the bike was still with me, and after the birth of my first daughter decided to get fit using the it. Going out as much as I could (not very much) on Saturday and Sunday mornings not having much time due to work and family. Then the Prototype broke :cry:(now for sale) . Not having much money to throw at a new bike and having lost touch with "the new generation" and having a bit of brand loyalty (being from Halifax), I found an old Elite on Ebay. I got it for £160 with Pace RC35s on it :D . The bike though was about 130 miles away and I was going to struggle to pick it up, then the day after the purchase my boss said we had to go somewhere to pick up a car, and it turned out to be three miles from where the bike was! Never been there before or since but picked it up no probs :P ! My Elite is great and a hell of a bike if a little rough around the edges, its now my only bike and I use it when I can including with a child seat on it to carry one of my two daughters.
Here is a pic i took earlier, I will try and take some better ones when I get chance.
Image
Cheers Steve


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 12:41 pm 
King of the DuckBoard
King of the DuckBoard

Joined: Sun Jan 28, 2007 12:30 pm
Posts: 21466
Hi. :D good read


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 3:48 pm 
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
retrobike rider / Gold Trader
User avatar

Joined: Fri Feb 06, 2009 11:13 pm
Posts: 9733
Location: Skipton
Bit of spit and polish and that'll come up brilliantly. Nice bike. 8)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Jan 18, 2010 7:12 pm 
Old School Grand Master
User avatar

Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2008 7:18 pm
Posts: 3186
Location: NFA
Excellent bike 8)

And is that a S1 in the background???


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 5:46 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jan 02, 2008 10:45 pm
Posts: 739
Location: Suffolk-Stratford-Suffolk.
brocklanders023 wrote:
Bit of spit and polish and that'll come up brilliantly. Nice bike. 8)


As brock said ^ .... that should come up really nice. The frame will have a lacquer finish to seal in the polished surface. A session with the nitromors 1st will definately make the re-polishing a bit easier. Lots of elbow grease with the wire wool, 400 grit and Autosol will bring that up lovely.

The number of aluminium 'elites' on here must nearly be getting into double figures by now?

Keep us posted on progress with pics!!

Cheers,
boy" 8) "boy


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Tue Jan 19, 2010 11:09 am 
Dirt Disciple
User avatar

Joined: Sat Jan 16, 2010 12:12 pm
Posts: 32
Location: Halifax
fingers wrote:
Excellent bike 8)

And is that a S1 in the background???


Cheers, and yes it is a Series 1 80", thats my 60 year old everyday car and bike together. :D

Cheers Ben, but I only just have enough time to ride the bike every now and then, let alone restore it :( and it is my only ride at the mo and looks that way for a while due to money, family etc..
I am very impressed with your Elite :D though and maybe one day I will get chance to do the same. I do want to upgrade some of the bits, as mine has a cheap stalk and derailier on it (Halfrawds specials :( ), as lack of cash at the time, this was the only way of keeping it going! Maybe an orange stalk lite and XT in the future :)


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: cce, Exabot [Bot], JonTom, KeithW, Si_33 and 27 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group