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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:37 am 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:43 am 
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Approx four months ago, another member convinced me to ressurect my race bike from back in the day, and instead of just browsing the site to join up, id never used or been on a forum before (and i think it showed... :cry: ,) (although i had used the RB ebay search facility since the start.), it has taken me a while to get my head around forums, but ive got to say this place is like a drug....and im pleased i joined.

I know i have shown this bike on sum threads, ( so ill apologise now to those who have seen it before.) but, i wanted to say how glad i am, that i did take the time and effort to ressurect my old bus, out of all the bikes i have built and ride, i always seem to come back to this one, it gets ridden and cleaned the most, i cant tell you why, its not the lightest, but i love the frame geometry, the way it handles, and the no nonsense suntour spec. bought in 1989, raced, then brought back from the dead in 2010, and all thanks to MAVERICK, and RETROBIKE--(jon, and all who contribute to the site) . so thanks guys!!!!!


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TBG kona explosif frame---tange prestige concept..( completely refinished)
TBG Track Two, straight blade forks, (completely refinished)
Velocity stem---(custom painted)
Custom Made decals--(sinnerman/roffers)

The entire bike, is pretty much how it left the shop-- spec wise, obviously, parts were replaced over the years, as they wore out got broke or abused, but its pretty much always been replaced with the same again with the exception of the tyres and saddle, which were changed before i left the shop. During the racing years, i always had problems with the efficency and accuracy of the suntour gear change,(shocking) and surprisngly the track two forks, (early production sets, had lots of problems with blades moving up into the crown, the forks shown on the bike are the 3rd set that were replaced under warranty---thankfully by this set, problems were resolved and they have been perfect ever since)

In my attempt to rebuild it to how it was, i wanted the original tyres, i used Bitd, Panaracer Timbuk IIs, which i sourced from jeff, at FIRST FLYTE bikes, a Selle Italia Rolls saddle, (still availiable nos,.),
Both wheels were rebuilt, this time using a shimano hub, cassette, i wish i did this 20 years ago, the gear change is now much improved, and with hyperglyde sprockets very smooth. The bearings, cables, and brake blocks were all replaced too, i always fancied syncros back in the day, yet never had the money, so i bought a new post, i reassembled, and serviced it, and it has been performing faultlessly for the last four months, the only thing i have spent any money on is a new headset(not the one in the pics, this has now been changed,) originally it was specd with a kona impact headset, but they would constantly work loose and didnt stay on the bike for long bitd, so my choice this time, " durace," .

Again thanks to all for the site, its agreat place to be........anyone for top trumps-------another top idea......retrobike top trumps...fantastic idea-care of WU-TANGLED.......go for it mate, legend...>!!!!!!! 8)




just read your thread bud, absolutley stunning :D :D ..nice one

Ernie :wink:


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 12:18 pm 
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Looks like a top refinsh there. All credit to you. Is spraying your line of work??

What's the post. is it a period one?


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V nice :D

What did you use to create the decals and what are they printed on?

(.......scurries off to look at old explosif in cellar :twisted: )


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John wrote:
Looks like a top refinsh there. All credit to you. Is spraying your line of work??

What's the post. is it a period one?




thanks john, sadly the syncros post is not period, i couldnt find one in the right size, that was period correct and these were a £10 mail order so i couldnt refuse, and i am still looking for one, if anyone has one they no longer need .......???????? And no paintwork isnt my line of work, ive always been in retail, mainly the bicycle trade, but sadly no longer, have always built bikes, since the age of 14, my true passion has always been bicycles, paintwork is something i have learnt along the way, from a young age, and with little money, my dad taught me, that i can learn from my mistakes, and as we all know bikes are an expensive hobby. I got given a peugeot road bike, at 14 for my christmas, paperround "tip", (it was chained up against the drainpipe for a year, it was rusty and horrid). With the guidance of my father, we resprayed it white, and managed to buy original peugeot decals from the local shop and replicate the current model, (bought all my components back then from Ribble cycles mail order when they used to send out blue handprinted A5 booklets with stuff cheaper than the local shop, and way before mailorder became big business), i rode it and competed on it, for a year and then sold it on, which enabled me to buy a considerable upgrade. From a young age, this was the only way for me to afford to buy good quality bikes--second hand fixer uppers....!!!!


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 3:34 pm 
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Mr Panda wrote:
V nice :D

What did you use to create the decals and what are they printed on?

(.......scurries off to look at old explosif in cellar :twisted: )


I tried every avenue i could to try and purchase the decals from sumone, but sadly, every avenue i went down i came up empty, no one seemed to have the original decal artwork, i even gave tbg in canada a ring, for two things, the type of paint they used for the splatter bitd, and to see if i could get artwork for the original decals, sadly and as expected after such a long time, i didnt get very far. Everyone i went to had the later artwork but not tbg kona models. I have learnt since that Gil_m, is the man, and does a fantastic job, (i wish i had known before i started). I took lots of photos, and a lot of measurements, and then scanned them, i was lucky to a degree as i have a good friend into retro bmx...(burners mainly) who had the vinyl cutting equipment required, after a lot of fettling to the artwork on screen, and touching up parts of the decals that were missing, using scans from catalogues, i eventually had what i needed to print.
got to be honest though, i really struggled in getting the tbg headbadge correct, more so on the cindercone, which does differ to the explosif, it says underneath TBG "the bicycle group", i just couldnt get it right. once printed i carefully applied the decals using the measurements taken, to replace the old ones with the new, in exactly the same position, they do differ to the originals, but thankfully under eight coats of lacquer, the differences are a lot harder to see.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 9:33 pm 
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here are a couple of pics, from those glorious days at the malverns, (my fondest memories) BITD, using the bike, you will see on this occasion the forks being used are a replacment set, loaned to me, by the importers. and they are a different colour all together, thankfully they resolved the problems with the early track two forks an i did get a new set in the correct colour. the other pic shows the constant trouble i had with suntours gear change..causing several broken chains....and coming accross the finish line with another one.......lol.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:20 am 
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Brilliant rebuild, well done, and great that it's your original bike as well.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 22, 2010 12:39 pm 
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Looks beautiful - really nice job :D 8)

Even the splatter paint is spot on :wink:


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Amazing :D

I want one of the spatter Konas badly!


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