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Retro ride brings back memories

I helped out a friend’s son this week by lending him a bike built out of the spare parts I had lying around. This taught me 2 things a) I am an extreme hoarder and if left to my own devices I would probably end up living in a house of junk and b) that riding an old bike can bring back memories. The bike in question is a 2013 Orange Five (Pretty much the same as the one pictured here although this photo is of a Factory Jackson long-termer) with 26” Stan’s Flow wheels, Hope E2 brakes and a Rockshox Pike fork. Although some the parts had been used/broken/lost over time the core of the bike was still there in the frame and we upgraded it to a 10 speed with a clutched mech. As I built the bike, I leant the 26” wheels up against my 29er and it just looked like I was building a kids bike as the size difference was so dramatic. I must admit to thinking how much “Better” things were on new bikes and how I was quite glad to get all the junk out of my garage.
However, as soon as I swung my leg over the finished bike, all the memories of riding it flooded back. Trail rides around Coed Y Brenin forest, racing mates on Chicksands dual slalom, charging down Aston Hill and a week in Morzine. All the laughs, fun and beers came back instantly as my feet spun the pedals in a familiar riding position. By the time I’d done 1 lap of the driveway I didn’t want to give the prized possession away and for a fleeting moment I thought of calling the plan off. I didn’t. My friend’s son has the bike which he is over the moon about and he is off creating his own memories, but I’m already on eBay trying to find another frame.


Niels Schnadt

I started veloccino a couple of years ago. I like riding bikes, taking photos, spending time outdoors and travelling.
I am originally from Bochum in Germany. Lived in Copenhagen and Cape Town and finally found my new home in Wendover, England.

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