Firstly that you to the contributors and the site for inspiring me to do this!
So I finally after a couple of years thinking about it and a few secrets kept from wifey - finished the upgrade and restore of my beloved ex-racer, the Kona Kilauea 1996. It was never the best bike out there, but when I got it at 18 it was the best I could afford and it carried me some miles both racing and recreation.
So here are some pictures of the kona having a new breath of life. Some of the bits are original, some are modern, but all in all what I have now is a sweet trail bike that is in my mind as nice as anything that i could have bought new yet features a lovely columbus steel frame
The frame had a tiny crack on the rear brake posts - had been there for 10 years and never got worse, but I fancied a disk upgrade so I had Jeff from Kiwi Bikes in Rotorua, NZ do some work: http://www.kiwibikes.co.nz/
--The project two forks got a threadless steerer conversion
--Also disk mounts
--Rear disk mount also added
--Single speed Jeff asked - No!
--Also cable routing mounts added for the full length hydraulic cables
Following the frame work, off to Pro Coat in East Tamaki, Auckland, NZ (http://www.procoat.co.nz
) for I think three coats of powder. White, then the stickers added. Then pearl over the top, then finally clear. Yes, you can powder coat over stickers! Result is exactly what I had hoped, white pearl with clear coat. Never dreamed this could be done with powder but hey!
Hope it inspires a few more to do the "re-do" rather than the "buy new".
All the pics are here: https://skydrive.live.com/#cid=E0DE7EAD2A3F3EAE&id=E0DE7EAD2A3F3EAE%213842