Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Sun Dec 04, 2016 12:59 am

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 3:45 am 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:10 pm
Posts: 11
Location: east yorkshire
hi all new here and after some advice!
Just been given a kona bike and im wondering what to do with it!

i am new to this retro thing and dont know if building this would be worth it!
i will tryto take and upload some pics tomorrow but none as yet.

the bike has all the original parts as far as i can see apart from the rear wheel and seat and possibly seat post.

good points.
seems to be mostly original
bb is nice with no play.
frame is straight with no dents

Bad bits,
paint on the frame and the forks is in poor condition really, it would want spraying.
front wheel is not very true, is this a hard job? i imagine it is a skill aquired over time to straighten this up.

are these bikes any good and is it a worthwhile project to cut my teeth on bike building?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:56 am 
Devout Dirtbag

Joined: Wed Jun 10, 2009 8:03 am
Posts: 135
im a fair noob too, so i wont comment on the kona for fear of making an ass of my self.

with the wheel strightening, it is not especially difficult and can be done well with a little practice, look up wheelbuilding/trueing on google and there will be countless articles to get you started.

out of interest what groupset is on the bike?


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 7:59 am 
Gold Trader / PoTM Winner / RB Rider
Gold Trader / PoTM Winner / RB Rider
User avatar

Joined: Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:16 pm
Posts: 9609
Location: brigg, home of the gypsies
Only you can decide really. Parts can be picked up reasonably cheap and paint and decals are not expensive either but it all depends on how far you want to take it. Also think hard before repainting. I repainted my old fire mountain frame. It looked amazing but it also looked brand new. It was as if the past 15 years of use had been deleted. There's a lot to be said for patina. I think that its worth saving any retro bike but it may not be financially viable.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:27 pm 
P.o.T.M. Winner / MacRetro Rider
P.o.T.M. Winner / MacRetro Rider
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 23, 2009 1:03 am
Posts: 5502
Location: In the foothills of the foothills of The Cairngorm Massif :D
Depends what your expecting - a Hahanna is never going to be worth a fortune, but it is a perfectly respectable bike. Just get it up & running and use it :P


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2009 3:18 pm 
Dirt Disciple

Joined: Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:10 pm
Posts: 11
Location: east yorkshire
thanks for the replies, it llooks like im goin to cut my bike building teeth on this then!
the groupset is alivio with gripshift.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:25 am 
Gold Trader / PoTM Winner / RB Rider
Gold Trader / PoTM Winner / RB Rider
User avatar

Joined: Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:16 pm
Posts: 9609
Location: brigg, home of the gypsies
cool. get it built and show is the progress


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: bignick and 27 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group