Kenevans Appreciation Society

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Re: Kenevans Appreciation Society

Postby penseleit » Wed Jan 18, 2017 1:35 pm

I bought a Ken Evans frame today at the garbage tip. $25.

I will post some pics, serial number etc. later.

It will become the basis for a commuter/rando/gravel/light tourer build if I don't find any cracks or major faults.

Update: Just reading the Ken Evans website, I see that his bikes were built for racing.

Does anyone have experience of riding a Ken Evans on longer rides comfortably?

I'm thinking 28 or 30mm tyres to help the ride (if they fit the frame).

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Re: Kenevans Appreciation Society

Postby P!N20 » Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:07 pm

Great pick up, can't wait to see some pics. It will be fine on longer rides and should fit 28's comfortably, but will probably lack the necessary braze ons for panniers and the like if that's what you were thinking.

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Re: Kenevans Appreciation Society

Postby familyguy » Wed Jan 18, 2017 3:25 pm

Yeah, it's going to depend on the fittings. Almost all Kenevans I've seen have been race frames, with no eyelets for guards or racks.

I heard back from Ken regarding my frame. It seems he doesn't keep records like the Bundy lads did (tubing, size ordered, who for, etc). He did say that he built a lot of frames to ship wholesale to shops throughout the country in the 70's and 80's. Still, happy with mine so far, will repaint it in the future and get it going.

Jim

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Re: Kenevans Appreciation Society

Postby b3ans12345 » Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:28 pm

Thanks for the replies everyone, especially QuangVuong. I followed the lead of it being a Geoff Scott, and yes it turned out to be one of his frames.

Stumbled across this article on Geoff Scott http://www.veloaficionado.com/blog/shooting-the-bull-with-geoff-scott-clamont-gefsco-custom-frame-builder and then digging into the history of his Instagram, seeing the similarities between this frame and two others (gussets, grub screw for the seatpost, holes in the lugs) I've made the educated guess that this is one of the prototypes he made for the early 1980s track championships and Olympics. The name Kenrick Tucker also popped up a few times, which is the same name I remember being told when I first acquired this frame

Being the impatient individual I am, with more for an eye for aesthetics than being period correct, this is the stickered up frame. Hopefully you like it as much as I do! I've emailed the man him self but I have yet to receive a reply.

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I've added one of the BB to show the hole heavy lugwork which Scott seems to be a fan of. It is going to be eventually completed, but I thought I would share it as it stands right now.

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Re: Kenevans Appreciation Society

Postby munga » Sat Feb 04, 2017 6:00 pm

b3ans12345 wrote:Thanks for the replies everyone, especially QuangVuong. I followed the lead of it being a Geoff Scott, and yes it turned out to be one of his frames.

Being the impatient individual I am, with more for an eye for aesthetics than being period correct, this is the stickered up frame. Hopefully you like it as much as I do! I've emailed the man him self but I have yet to receive a reply.


jump on my fb group and you can ask the man himself. geoff's often on there showing his work and his history. there's even a gefsco event next month in canberra if you'd like to meet him. check my sig for details

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Re: Kenevans Appreciation Society

Postby Clydesdale Scot » Sat Feb 04, 2017 8:47 pm

munga wrote:jump on my fb group and you can ask the man himself. geoff's often on there showing his work and his history. there's even a gefsco event next month in canberra if you'd like to meet him. check my sig for details


I offered the same advice a few days ago.
https://www.lfgss.com/comments/13450031/

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Re: Kenevans Appreciation Society

Postby munga » Tue Apr 25, 2017 9:36 pm


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Re: Kenevans Appreciation Society

Postby Lots of steel bikes » Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:03 pm

Just added a Ken Evans to my Australian built collection.

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Re: Kenevans Appreciation Society

Postby 10speedsemiracer » Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:27 pm

That is beautiful....mid 80s?
Fairly sure you can no longer use the word collection in reference to your apparent fleet of bikes.

Perhaps, horde ?

(says I with an envious tone..)
Mmm, SunTour

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Re: Kenevans Appreciation Society

Postby Lots of steel bikes » Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:35 pm

10speedsemiracer wrote:That is beautiful....mid 80s?

With the 1051 group set probably late 80s.

... and yes, a collector that’s become a hoarder.

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Re: Kenevans Appreciation Society

Postby Lots of steel bikes » Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:26 am

I’ve just realised that the remnants of a decal in the top tube indicates that this is a Mal McPherson built frame.

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Re: Kenevans Appreciation Society

Postby P!N20 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:09 pm

Sweeeet. What size is it? I seem to recall the Gumtree ad said 55 or 56, but it looks more like a 58 to me.

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Re: Kenevans Appreciation Society

Postby Lots of steel bikes » Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:16 pm

P!N20 wrote:Sweeeet. What size is it? I seem to recall the Gumtree ad said 55 or 56, but it looks more like a 58 to me.

Yes, it’s a 58.

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Re: Kenevans Appreciation Society

Postby P!N20 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:52 pm

Yeah cool. You know, I reckon you've inadvertently answered a question for me. I asked Ken himself if he made many frames without 'K' panto's, and he told me only a few early ones. Yet there seems to be a steady stream of Kenevans badged bikes come up for sale without any panto's, and they can't all be re-badged. But after reading your discovery, I reckon they are probably examples built by Mal McPherson. Well, that's my theory anyway.

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Re: Kenevans Appreciation Society

Postby Lots of steel bikes » Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:56 pm

P!N20 wrote:Yeah cool. You know, I reckon you've inadvertently answered a question for me. I asked Ken himself if he made many frames without 'K' panto's, and he told me only a few early ones. Yet there seems to be a steady stream of Kenevans badged bikes come up for sale without any panto's, and they can't all be re-badged. But after reading your discovery, I reckon they are probably examples built by Mal McPherson. Well, that's my theory anyway.

I think you’re right. Sounds like a perfectly good explanation to me.

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Re: Kenevans Appreciation Society

Postby old steel Bikes » Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:04 pm

I built this bike to ride the Noosa Strade Bianche for the 2017 a great bike to ride. It is used on a regular rides and will be handling the dirt again this year

Danny

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Re: Kenevans Appreciation Society

Postby P!N20 » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:31 pm

^ Can't see your image, but really want to!

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Re: Kenevans Appreciation Society

Postby 10speedsemiracer » Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:34 pm

Weirdly I could see it on mbl, not PC.

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Re: Kenevans Appreciation Society

Postby P!N20 » Fri Apr 27, 2018 12:19 pm

^ Yeah that's nice.

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