Where the bikes live, currently residing are………
1994 Kona Fire Mountain
This bike was just supposed to be a bit of fun. I picked it up at the Beaulieu autojumble for £35. It was in pretty good condition but I couldn’t help myself.
At first purchase.
It was a a great bike to ride so I thought to myself…… can I make it better??? and I started to source parts for it……..
With a mix of old and new the Lava Dome was reborn. Frame was blasted and corrosion treated, then powder coated in brilliant white, Marzocchi Z3 air forks where fitted, with a bespoke matching frame and fork decal set applied. 8spd XT group with new chain and cassette, XT parallelogram brakes and levers, cranks powder coated white with hope 36t chainring and DMR chain guide powder coated with new roller, hope stem/headset/seatclamp, Mavic crossride wheel set with Michelin wild gripper tyres. Topped of with U.S.E carbon atom handlebars and sumo seat post.
This was initially a ride to work special maxed out at £1000, and for the money you get a fantastic bike. It remained in original spec for about a year until I was unfortunately knocked off quite badly. It was then rebuilt and upgraded significantly. Bike now weighs in just over 7kg and is fast all over, especially up hills. Full Ultegra 6800 mechanical groupset, Deda Trentacique 35mm carbon bars and stem, Deda Dritissimo seatpost, Look Keo pedals, choice of Adamo/Charge/Selle Italia saddles, Easton EA90 SLX wheels, and Schwalbe Ultremo tyres.
Charge Plug Racer
The winter hack. Bought this with a frozen seatpost, so a few days with caustic soda solution saw it removed. It also had a purple overdose, so removed as much anodising as possible! Rebuilt as Velocity deep v rims built onto Profile racing hubs, Vittoria tyres, Ultegra levers, Specialised bar and stem, Tektro brakes, Sturmey Archer Freewheel, Middleburn RS7 ISIS cranks, Blackspire chainring, Carbon seatpost, and Charge Spoon saddle.
1974 Carlton Criterium
This is pure self indulgence. I found this one at a spot good for picking up the odd treasure but it was in a very bad state. Hand sprayed about ten times and with awful stickers on it, chain rusted solid, mechs and shifters were junk, saddle and seatpost were beyond saving, as were the levers and wheels. So that leaves the Ofmega cranks, bars, stem, calipers, and the frameset.
I sourced Campagnolo nuovo record gearset, NOS Sturmey archer high flange hubs, NOS Weinmann rims, brake blocks, and brake levers, Ofmega pedals, zaffiro pro 28c tyres, and a Selle Royal saddle.
1976 Mercian King of Mercia
The Mercian runs Campagnolo Nuovo Record, mavic rims, cinelli bar, stem, and saddle. It stops with Weinmann brakes, and grips the tyres with specialized tyres. What a gorgeous piece of kit. It needs a repaint, but I kind of think it adds to the look? Don’t you?
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