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 Post subject: Kona Kilauea rework
PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 9:07 am 
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Hello world:

Newbie here, but saw quite some threads on Kilaueas and thought I might as well add mine and tell its story.

I recently dusted off and put in shape and old Orbea '80s bike 'ride' (sorry, English is my 4th language and I'n mot sure if it's the right term) for the missus. The original idea was to get another similar frame and do a twin for myself.

However, my bro' recently got a Brommie and he was going to toss away our old trusted Kona to the bin. All it was doing was gather dust and rust and get in the way at his place. So I promptly slapped bro a bit around with a large trout and claimed my co-propietary status.

After all, it was the bike we bought 50-50 when I was 19 and he 16 (in 94 IIRC) when we got our beloved '88 Specialized Hardrock twins stolen in a home burglary.

It's still early days. All I've done is remove the stem as it was soldered with the frame due to oxididation from not being moved in well over 15+ years. We sawed off the upper part of the stem leaving still well over 4 inches inside the frame and some two outside to manouver. It weren't easy, but 5-6 hours of sawing and of an alternate version of hammer meets PC (only it was bike instead of PC) have seen the culprit stem out of the frame.

See it:

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That's all the alluminium dust from sawing that remained inside the frame.

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So. Here we are.

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It already looks gorgeous. As far as I can tell it has all the original parts (even the tyres I think).

The idea was converting it to a commuting urban bike (changing tyres, getting new brakes, do a repaint job and so on), but I'm quite undecided now. Obviously a new stem and seat are mandatory. And the repaint might help make it shine even further. Other than that I'll have to think it over as as much as I need a urban ride bike to go with the missus, loads of old mountain bike memories have surfaced whilst removing the stem.

Ah well, at the very least I'll give it a ride around the mountains near home for the last time before going into conversion mode methinks.


Last edited by jordivf on Sat May 25, 2013 9:22 am, edited 1 time in total.

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 Post subject: Re: Kona Kilauea rework
PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 9:19 am 
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That's lovely, well worth the effort with the seatpost.


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 Post subject: Re: Kona Kilauea rework
PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 11:04 am 
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Nice bike, they ride really nicely and are too good as a commuter or work bike.

Do it properly and get a cheaper bike for work!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Kona Kilauea rework
PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 11:07 am 
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Absolutely, waaaay to nice for a work horse. The paint looks ace; gotta love the fluted down tube.


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 Post subject: Re: Kona Kilauea rework
PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 11:32 am 
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Thanks lads.

I might well have expressed myself badly. It might do some commuting, but the idea was converting it to something ressembling a touring bike after reading this and realizing I wanted it. Badly.

Still undecided.

Anyways, someone knows what size a seatpost does this baby sport? Sawed off seatpost numbers are waaaaay past recognition and I wouldn't trust measurements after what I've done to it.


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 Post subject: Re: Kona Kilauea rework
PostPosted: Sat May 25, 2013 1:14 pm 
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jordivf wrote:
Thanks lads.

I might well have expressed myself badly. It might do some commuting, but the idea was converting it to something ressembling a touring bike after reading this and realizing I wanted it. Badly.

Still undecided.

Anyways, someone knows what size a seatpost does this baby sport? Sawed off seatpost numbers are waaaaay past recognition and I wouldn't trust measurements after what I've done to it.


Normally 27.0mm


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 Post subject: Re: Kona Kilauea rework
PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 5:55 pm 
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Looks good mate! Out of interest, what are your first three languages then?!?!


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 Post subject: Re: Kona Kilauea rework
PostPosted: Sun May 26, 2013 10:23 pm 
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Catalan, spanish and french.


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