Complete noob owns kenevans [UPDATE]

Just bought this Ken Evans bike:

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More pics when I pick it up tomorrow. In the meantime, what components can you recommend for this to be fixed?

keep it geared :smiley:

Keep it geared, and if you do go fixed please don’t start shaving off the braze ons and shifter bosses.

Here’s a good example… http://www.fyxomatosis.com/news.php?readmore=1349

"Keep it geared, and if you do go fixed please don’t start shaving off the braze ons and shifter bosses. "

Ok if I went singlespeed then what components do you suggest?

The components on it would be fine.
Take off the outer chain ring, work out what gear ratio you want, take apart rear cluster and put it back together with spacers, shorten chain, and you’re done.

Though, I’d still keep it geared. and if you do go ahead and convert it, leave all the braze-ons on.

After much anticipation I picked up the kenevans and dismantled (almost) the whole thing.

The frame itself is in a killer state, the paint job revealed under all the grease, dirt and stickers was a surprise. A glossy irradescent candy apple green.

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The lugging is beautiful.

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The overall design is just superb.

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The frames dropouts are all columbus

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And the wheels are campagnalo with shimano 105 hubs

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Apart from the Shimano 105 groupset I’ll half use, I may spend some time cleaning this sakae bullhorn

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and the smaller of these

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The giant saddle is pretty mangled but the seatpost is ok. It has “triplex” engraved into with “SPAIN” beneath. Heard of it?

I’ll keep posting as its built, next step is going to be some campy hubs, a chain and possibly chroming the forks. Where in Brisbane do they do that?

Rule 1: First Build Attempt - ‘Keep It Simple Stupid’
Build it up so its rideable not to a bike show level, the upgrade.

I had mine done in Moorooka, seems they have re-named to “A & A Bumper Service”. For “show quality” maybe Cook & Sons but probably at a cost.

It’s your bike and you can do what you like to it, but in the interests of keeping a classic Aussie handmade frame original, don’t do anything irreversible.

If the paint job is in great condition now and you really want chrome forks, just buy a pair off ebay/LBS and keep the originals in the cupboard.

What Blakey said, that’s a beautiful bike you got yourself, keep it that way. Look forward to seeing it and you out on the streets.

Yeah consider that most first time fixed riders stack it within the first couple of months [citation needed]. Do you really want that beautiful piece of work to be hitting the pavement? If not then I’d consider getting a cheapo frame for you L plates and keeping this one for those special events!

My advice is to leave the frame on ice and build something fast and less than perfect! You will have far more fun and won’t be gutted when you end up dumping it down a hill.

If the guy selling it on ebay bothered to put up better pictures he would have got more $$$ for it. You got that bike for a steal - good job.

Do you have a close up picture of the decals before you took them off?

lol at thread title

can i see a pic of the fork crown

Cleaned a few more bits and pieces today. Metal Magic is underrated.

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I’ve taken the advice and am leaving the frame and forks untouched. The fork crown was a sticker in my case (unless the fork crown is something else…) and since all have been stripped…

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Word Supermax. here are the decals. I have a feeling there was another that said “COMPETITION”

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The wheels are clean, I’ll prob wont be able to use the rear.

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If anyones interested its a campy omega with 105 hub and a maxxis “detonator” tyre. Awesome condish. Thanks to all for the help so far, I’m hunting chrome forks right now.

That paint is hot as. The fork crown is the bit that the fork legs are brazed into, just below the bottom cup of the headset. THe real sexy bit of metal that the front brake bolts into.

Ahhhhh yes yes yes hope the pic does it justice

use that rear rim: buy yourself a low flange track hub, whatever you can find that looks like the front 105. bike will look sweet with mathcing wheels.
agreed, is a nice bike, and dont grind anything off (please).

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Now need chain, pedals and new rear hub/wheel. Is it possible to dismantle the cluster of cogs I have on there at the moment? and use spacers or similar to fill in the gaps?
(I agree Heavymetal) Or if I have to buy a new rear hub can anyone suggest one that looks similar to the 105 I’m using?

no more decals?