In 2013 I purchased a Condor Mahin bicycle in Second Hand that I found online, I could negotiate the price down to 80€, a bargain for a bicycle that I found out was manufactured on Gray’s Inn Road in London.

She had a few issues that I would had to repair, some little parts with rust, the dynamo was not working anymore… But, despite those issues, she looked like new after washing it.

On 30th November I cycled for the first time with this bicycle, I was invited by someone I had met in a Couchsurfing weekly meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, this person was Peter Lamb who is now a good friend of mine.

A shout-out to his blog and to his new project facebook page on cycling South America:
Peter Lamb Travels Blog
One World 2 Bike

After that 100Km day trip I stopped the bicycle and never used it again, until 3 weeks ago.

Now, the bicycle had become even more rusty, even in the wheels’ spokes! I had now a lot of work.

  • Step 1: Disassemble the Bicycle and throw away its stand stick and bell that were in awful conditions
  • Step 2: Isolate everything I didn’t want to paint with painter’s tape.
  • Step 3: Sanding every part before painting.
  • Step 4: Cleaning it with a dry cloth
  • Step 5: Paint it and wait at least a day
  • Step 6: Assemble it back again
  • Step 7: Fixing the mudguards that were brokenI then applied a few more items to it:
  • Handlebar Bag
  • Front tube little waterproof bag for Cellphone
  • Tyre Valve Caps Neons
  • 2 Silicone LED Light Flash
  • Bicycle Side Stand
  • Wireless Cycling ComputerItems I still have to apply to it:
  • Blinkers
  • New pedals
  • New bell
  • Alarm and GPS location

I also have a rear pannier bike bag, which I will wear only for long trips

Here are some photos of the bicycle during the process of repairing



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Hello everyone! This is Basch! I'm a 24-year-old travel blogger from Lisbon Portugal, currently based in Sofia, Bulgaria and I'm looking forward to get to know the world. Feel free to get in touch with me :) Happy travels!

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