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THE REBUILD – Stage II

THE REBUILD – Stage II

My ‘Orange P7’ touring bike has now taken on another transformation! 🚴‍♂️ With further trips in the pipeline and destinations afar, she needed an upgrade to certain components. So I’ve set upon the winter 2011-12 of stripping her back. All welded points required a little more protection, with small rust spots developing. I set about Hammerite spray painting these joins. Previously the wheels were Shimano Deore XT. These started to cause problems after my first two journeys: ‘Bodmin Moor‘ and ‘The…

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THE REBUILD – Stage I

THE REBUILD – Stage I

Project: turn an Orange P7 mountain bike into a dedicated touring bicycle. Orange Bikes: a British company, circa 1988. I purchased my Orange 🍊 P7 in 1998. The forks, I upgraded to Marchozzi bombers ( front suspension) and Magura hydraulic brakes before departing for southern Africa in 2003 to attain my Commercial Pilots Licence. She happily endured many a single-track through the South African forests of Knysna and rugged bedrock of the Namibian bush. A testament to a superb design and…

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