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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Kim's Kvale

From Kim in Tennessee, pictures of her Kvale with new bars and tape. This was originally built and even built-up for her by Chris in the mid 90s. It is a 56 (c-t) with a 53 tt. and originally a had a 700c wheelset. She has retro-fit it with 650b's and Tekro long reach brakes.

here you go.
finished the bars today.
trying to decide whether to shellac them or just let them get dirty.
my friends at my LBS say 'let 'em get dirty!'

interestingly, the head mechanic there (good friend) rode my bike a few minutes ago and has totally FLIPPED OUT.
he wants to bring his bike in tomorrow to set it up EXACTLY like mine.
said he's never ridden a more stable and more QUICK bike.

sounds like a Kvale to me.  ;-)"


Anonymous said...

are you sure it's 640b?

or mebbe 653?

Love the bike, btw. very nice in all ways.


Gunnar Berg said...

Typo. s/b 650b. Don't know 653. Is that a MTB size?

Anonymous said...


Gunnar Berg said...

Ohhhhh, I get it .... that 653!

kim said...

thanks for posting the photos! i sent them over to CKC, too. i've just scored a set of 8-speed Campy tubulars to put back on the Kvale. i'll have them in reserve, anyway. the bike seems to be asking to go back to its original state (albeit with a taller stem than i had back in 1993). ;-) kim