30 June, 2006

Neil's Stunning Kvale

Neil Berg kindly sent these photos of his Chris Kvale custom (with Velo Orange white elkhide handlebar covers). This bike is so stunning that I had to share them. Wow. And yes, those are painted Honjos.

The last photo is of the same bike but pre-bar covers. There are more photos, including detail shots, of this and other Kvale frames here.




15 comments:

david_nj said...
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Chris Kulczycki said...

I understand that it does get ridden. It's just that it's owner admits to being somewhat (read "very") fanatical about keeping it clean.

patrick said...

what's the metal tubular doohicky on the left front fork blade?

i like the white elkhide.

Chris Kulczycki said...

An LED light.

C said...

The white frame and blue parts reminds me of the Olmo Firenze from the mid-80's. Those bikes featured white SL/SP frames with chrome forks. The only color came from the Galli components which came in your choice of black, red or blue. Man I always wanted one of those bikes!!! Just stunning to look at.

Alan said...

Great looking bike, makes me realize just how bad mine needs to be cleaned. Where does one get the top tube frame-fit pump?

Chris Kulczycki said...

That's a Silca pump. I need to get those for the Velo Orange store. Thanks for the reminder. Jitensha Studio has them in silver. You can usually find a selection on E-bay too.

gvelo said...

Chris Kvale is the best guy. He makes wonderful stuff and he's a delight to be around.

Neil Berg said...

I road the Kvale 35 miles yesterday. The only limitations
were the 91 degree temperature and my 61 years. Incidently, I have a
friend who identifies it as something from Elvis Presley rather than Elton John. I agree that Chris Kvale is an interesting man. He is an very honest person who lives life on his own terms.

fixedgear said...

It's cool, but when I saw it my first impression was Ghost Bike which sorta gave me the chills...

david_nj said...

What type of LED light? I would love to have one that affixes to the fork blade like that. Is the battery life halfway decent?

Neil Berg said...

It's actually a Coast flashlight mounted to a brase-on with an old brake leveler strap. It's bright. It'll knock your eyes out, but it's got a narrow beam. It takes three AAA batteries. I've never replaced them, but here in Minnesota it's daylight until 9 or 10. We'll see when fall comes. Downside is that it's about $40. The rear light is a Bruce Gordon bullet which accepts one of the small end of the handlebar lights. Neither of them are "real" lights, but more "be seen" lights.

neil m berg said...

Damn. Never heard of Ghost bikes. Now I'm going to think about that everytime when I get on it. Maybe I should embrace the concept and get a black grim reaper outfit ro wear. Seriously, it's not as blinding white as the photo indicates. It's just a nice pearl white bike that got out of hand. My other bikes are more subdued.

Alexi said...

the lights on the bike are lovely. Need to track down one of those bruce gorden lights.

Meghan said...

Neil: What type of weather proofing solution do you use to protect the handlebar covers? I have installed a set of white ones on my bike, but have not weatherproofed them because I haven't yet heard from anyone who has undergone the process what protecting lotion will work but won't dim the beautiful bright white shade.