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Would you have resurrected them to their former glory?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:15 pm 
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There was lots of thought as to whether I should or shouldn't....completely refinish my TBG Kona's (and my fondest memories).

After years of helping others out with their builds/bikes and sourcing parts, Maverick (RB Rider) said it was about time I dug them out and put them back together, so out came the boxes... It had been years....

When I raced them, bits broke and were fixed or replaced and upgraded, and rode again and when the new bike builds and kit came along those are the bikes I rode but I couldn't just chuck 'em...

When I opened the boxes, wow, not quite as my head remembered! :oops: So, off to work I went, at first I thought, easy bit of polish, some touch up, a good service and hey presto...but in reality, it would never be good enough to inspire me to want to ride them again and I do ride every day. As they sat there they looked like the sort of rubbish people would leave chained up in the street for other people to look at and think 'just some dumped old rubbish, I'll have that'....I'd be gutted!

I couldn't abide seeing such corrosion eating away at those frames (for bikes, my passion has always been steel & carbon) so with the encouragement of other riders/friends, and even with the help of my kids, I stripped them and set to work, about 30 hours total (not including doing pain the the ass decals), cleaning and polishing all parts, totally refinishing of frames - to include new decals - and even 8 coats of laquer.

Please bear in mind I do have all the original parts (even the rusty bits). My original choice of tyre, Timbuk II's had perished really badly. Other replacement parts included headsets, tubes, cables, brake blocks....all replaced to make them run shop floor new - and back then I always wanted to custom paint the stems and brake booster - now i had the chance! Always fancied a Syncros seat post but could never afford it, got these for £10 each and my original Rolls saddle had collapsed from stuff being piled on top of it, in the now broken box in the back of the garage - so I treated myself to a new one!!

I'd like to hear any feedback, comments, critisms, thoughts and stories of your builds. I know some people would have left them alone, but have a look at the pics, what would you have done in my shoes.....?!

ps. I may at some point get chance to list full spec if anyone is interested enough to wanna read my dribble!!!

Link to my photobox - resurrection shows before and during pictures whilst the other two albums show the finished products! :D

http://s850.photobucket.com/albums/ab65 ... urrection/

fiinshed bikes in use.... :D :shock: 8)
http://s850.photobucket.com/home/Sinnerman_2010/index

http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewto ... highlight=


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 Post subject: very cool..
PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:27 pm 
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are you sure you arnt an artist...youve got my vote sinnerman...... :D


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you done a wonderful job 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:44 pm 
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You did the right thing, Ive got a soft spot for steel Kona's :roll:


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 9:54 pm 
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thanks guys , 8)

a pic of it as it looks today...


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 Post subject: resurection
PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:15 pm 
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dude you know what i think already.

It took me ages, if not years to convince you to get them out of the old boxes, you should have done it years ago, You have done a spiffing job in bringing them back to life they look better now than they did 20+ years ago.

I'm glad me getting the A/Star gave you the umph to get your arse back onto retro bikes that we used to ride and love. I know you sweated for hours over those bikes but it was all worth it.

Keep up the work, the only problem you know have is that the next bike has to exceed the Kona's!!!!!

8) 8) 8)


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:35 pm 
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they look brilliant

got to do my tbg lava dome over the winter months

kirbdug :D


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:47 pm 
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awesum, well ive got to say, since ive finished them, ive ridden them loads, and appriciate them all over again, and polish them loads more than i think im supposed too.....lol.....thanks mate :D

after decals have been fitted, but before the splatter has been applied...


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 Post subject: Re: resurection
PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 10:49 pm 
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maverick wrote:
dude you know what i think already.

It took me ages, if not years to convince you to get them out of the old boxes, you should have done it years ago, You have done a spiffing job in bringing them back to life they look better now than they did 20+ years ago.

I'm glad me getting the A/Star gave you the umph to get your arse back onto retro bikes that we used to ride and love. I know you sweated for hours over those bikes but it was all worth it.

Keep up the work, the only problem you know have is that the next bike has to exceed the Kona's!!!!!

8) 8) 8)


yeah ....no pressure at all.........lol.....thanks bigman, it took a while but you got me there in the end....., and ive got to say its like us being back at school every time i ride them.......lol 8)


pics after splatter and before clear coat....


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kirbdug wrote:
they look brilliant

got to do my tbg lava dome over the winter months

kirbdug :D


my youner brother had the same model, i recomend building it, i love riding mine, yours looks pretty good already , cant see much corrosion, would a good polish make it shine again?????????


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