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!
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!
http://s850.photobucket.com/albums/ab65 ... urrection/
fiinshed bikes in use....
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