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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 2:34 pm 
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My New bike.....

Its been a stop, start beginning to my new retro ride, with 2 Kona's come and gone since christmas :roll: ... but i'm happy to introduce what i hope will become a 'keeper'..

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Many thanks to Mheywoo1 for letting me buy this from him.

Some minor paint repairs to sort first... more to follow :D


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 25, 2020 3:40 pm 
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The frame arrived with various small chips i can live with, but with some paint missing from the BB and some bubbling on the left seat stay.

I removed the bubbled paint and found only a light brown surface rust, which came away with light sanding. Both areas had 2 coats of acid etch primer applied with a brush, followed by 3 coats of enamel. Luckily, we have a box of touch ups in the workshop that's been collected over the years, and i got an almost exact match to the cobalt blue metallic! Its not perfect, but it'll do me.

Primer applied:
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Searching for a perfect match!
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Top coat
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Handy to have someone with artistic talent (my daughter) on hand...
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 26, 2020 4:14 am 
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Love the colour 8) Will make a great rider.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:14 pm 
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Big sort of the forks today...

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Internals sorted, new dust seals, no leaks so left the oil seals, new 7.5wt oil

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 29, 2020 2:15 pm 
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And an earlier (1996) bolt in crown awaiting a 1" steerer and shim, hopefully on its way....

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 2:18 pm 
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The build is nearly done....
Still some things to do (its handy to have a list somewhere!):

Correct front brake guide pipe
New front tyre
Bar end plugs
Correct top headset spacer and top cap
New saddle

I may also need to change the fork springs- they are very soft even for me!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 09, 2020 7:03 pm 
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Agreed colour is mint !


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:20 pm 
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Looking forward to a ride review sometime. 8)


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 3:33 pm 
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38 Miles of mixed terrain today, bridleways, lanes, a few bits of road.

First impressions: Yeah, she's rigid. I mean REALLY. Theres no give in that back end at all, and it threw me at first. The first rooty twisty section and i swore i had a flat. Its ok though, i got used to it, and the 1.9 wildgripper doesn't help at all. No grip in the corners either. What an awful tyre! Modern rubber is on order.

Anyway a couple of pics. Think it needs a wash.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 17, 2020 4:40 pm 
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Location: peak district
8) looks great fun to ride.


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