GT Outpost Mountain Bike - Orange


When life gives you oranges, make this

Orange. It's one of my favorite colors on any bicycle. Especially if it's faded a bit from age. On a triple-triangle GT Outpost mountain bike, combined with black trim and silver and black parts, orange looks amazing.



If your GT Outpost looks like this one, you might need some of these parts.
Always check compatibility before ordering parts for your vintage mountain bike.
All bicycle repairs should be performed by a qualified bicycle mechanic.

So when I saw this neglected relic leaning against a woman's house, I knew I had to have it. I also knew I didn't want to pay for it. Luckily for me, we worked out a deal. And it went like this. Me: "are you throwing that bike away?" Her: "yes, you can have it." Sold.


Three-quarter view

The obvious highlight of this Outpost, other than its color, is GT's legendary Triple Triangle frame. I don't know if the triangle makes a bike stronger, but it sure makes it look cool. And with the larger tubing and beefier welds on an aluminum frame, it looks even cooler.

According to the decal on the downtube, this bike came from Hickory & Tweed, which is still in business in Armonk, Westchester County, New York.


GT headtube logo

I don't generally keep bicycles. But if this vintage orange mountain bike been my size, instead of a dinky little 14.5-inch frame, I might have tuned it up and ridden it. Probably not.

And if I wasn't going to keep it, cleaning the rust from the sprockets, derailleurs and handlebars, de-griming the grips, and installing new chain, cables and brake pads, which would have been the bare minimum to make this Outpost useful again for someone else, wouldn't have worked out. So I punted this one like a big mechanical orange football.

Enjoy the rest of the photos.



Go ahead and replace some replacement parts, but don't you dare repaint this faded orange beauty.
Always check compatibility before ordering parts for your vintage mountain bike.
All bicycle repairs should be performed by a qualified bicycle mechanic.

Shimano Acera brake levers / shifters

Rusty painted handlebars and stem cap

Ewwww

Why do so many bikes have white paint spatter on the seats?

Better view of the headtube logo


I didn't really want to fix this bike, but I did want to ride it. But I didn't.
Always check compatibility before ordering parts for your vintage mountain bike.
All bicycle repairs should be performed by a qualified bicycle mechanic.

ProMax V-brakes

Triple Triangle Technology = a bunch of tubes welded together = awesome

beefy aluminum headtube junction

That's the derailleur cable

Hickory & Tweed & 7000 Aluminum Cyclery


You could replace the chain, or just coast down a hill. It's up to you.
Always check compatibility before ordering parts for your vintage mountain bike.
All bicycle repairs should be performed by a qualified bicycle mechanic.

Small frame

Gary Turner?

Front cable bosses

"7005" means this dropout is 5 better than the down tube

Shimano Acera front derailleur and SunTour XR27 sprocket, rusty

Hickory & Tweed Cyclery of Armonk, NY


I didn't link to new tubes, so I guess you'll have to ride on a flat. Ain't I a stinker?
Always check compatibility before ordering parts for your vintage mountain bike.
All bicycle repairs should be performed by a qualified bicycle mechanic.

Typical setup: riveted rusty steel chainwheels, oxidized crank arm, worn-out plastic pedal

Somebody left this out in the rain

GT logo: a nice touch. Wheel removal liability label: not really

Rear hub: Shimano FH-RM40 VIA, whatever that means

Weinmann rims, specialized tires

Always check the wheels, again

Beefy welds on the bottom bracket junction

One more view of that triple triangle and its embossed GT logo