I'd like some advice please!
In the past couple of months I've picked up 2 unwanted Lava Domes from 1991 and 1992.
The first is 18" purple, frame is a little bit rust/oil/grease stained and scratched but without any issues for riding, forks are P2 spinners with older P2 decals, but are pitted so currently got the wire wool on them. Rear wheel is a cheap 6 spd replacement so that's going to the dump/local bike project. Front wheel is original RX7 on 500LX hub with QR skewer with unperished and supple Maximum tyre. Impact headset - bottom seal is perished, but headset still serviceable. Groupset is original 500LX in good nick inc cantis, apart from the horrid integrated brake and shifter levers one of which is broken beyond repair, original velocity stem and 165 bars, needs new seatpost, saddle, bottle cage allen bolts, cables etc. It's a 1991 - the seat clamp is old school brazed on for QR bolt.
The second is 20" purple - 1992 as there's a modern style QR clamp, paintwork is much better - doesn't need respray/coat. Forks have the vertical writing decals and are in good nick too. This will go for sale on here or ebay I think as its a little too big for me to ride. This has Deore LX chainset, Deore DX front mech, MC 10 Alivio rear mech, Deore thumbies, Rear reaction tyre unperished and rideable, both RX7 on 500LX hubs, Velocity stem, a bar which might be the original, SLR brake levers and the U bracket on the rear cantilevers - the cantilevers themselves are silver in colour, def shimano, but I'll have to get them off the frame to check the model number.
I want to respray/coat then build up the 18" with modern drivetrain/road tyres etc. as a pootle around bike that I can pop a baby seat on and paniers etc. from time to time so I'll be breaking up both bikes to fund the build. I'm not going for an expensive Argos respray/coat - local finishers for £40 will do me fine so colours? so I'm thinking a close match to original purple with black forks, bars and stem or white frame with black or all black might be nice - any other examples worth checking out here?
I've not been on retrobike for a while so a few questions:
Are these components and frames in demand here still?
Or seeing as I'm not after a factory spec bike to ride myself I could still put one bike together as close as I can to factory spec for fun and eventually for sale if it's likely to generate more interest than the parts individually + more fun. Anyway how best to do it? What saddle should I hunt for if I can't get an Avocet original?
Pictures to come a bit later when I've decided what to do.
Riding: Ragley mmmBop 2012, Orange Clockwork 1999
In bits: Kona Lava Dome 1991, Kona Lava Dome 1992
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