Beloved bike brand saved after falling into administration

British Orange Bikes has 'good news' after restructuring to stay afloat

Orange Bikes X9 gravel bike
(Image credit: Orange Bikes)

Orange Bikes has secured its future and will move forward with a more streamlined operation under its original owner, after it filed for administration at the end of December.

The West Yorkshire company will continue under the ownership of Ash Ball, and has acquired its frame building partner Bairstows Sheet Metal, which had also been in administration, reports BikeBiz. This will allow the company to both manufacture and assemble its bikes under one roof, it says, with a new facility situated two miles away from its original headquarters.

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After cutting his teeth on local and national newspapers, James began at Cycling Weekly as a sub-editor in 2000 when the current office was literally all fields. 

Eventually becoming chief sub-editor, in 2016 he switched to the job of full-time writer, and covers news, racing and features.

A lifelong cyclist and cycling fan, James's racing days (and most of his fitness) are now behind him. But he still rides regularly, both on the road and on the gravelly stuff.