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Adam Richards’ factory Kastan XL

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It’s been way too long since I contributed to the site, so here goes.  

This bike took me about 6 years to build.  Adam Richards was Kastan’s AA Pro in the mid 90s, and a good friend of mine.  We rode together all the time.  He died in 2000, and this was the last bike he owned.  
 

Adam was known for riding a custom painted yellow Kastan.  Sadly, he destroyed that yellow frame many years ago.  This is not that bike.  This is the bike that Snap magazine did a bike check on in 1998.  Another sad turn of events, Adam’s brother had the frame refinished in black (it was originally white and still had its original decals in 2014 or so), and had die cut silver decals made for it at the time. Then he parted the bike out.  I managed to get my hands on the wheels and frame.  I wouldn’t have refinished it if he had left it alone like I told him to, but once the dam has been opened it may as well look like a bike that he actually rode, right?  Time to replicate the yellow bike.  

Kastan XL frame, SN KHP XL 03289, issued to Adam Richards and painted by Mike Bargnesi

S&M Pitchforks

S&M Slam bars

ODI Longnecks

DK XXL stem

Dia tech aheadset 

Kastan cranks 181mm with big bearing bottom bracket

Kastan 45t spline drive chainwheel

Peregrine sealed pedals

Araya Super 7X 

Polished 2nd gen Crupi high flange

GT AA Pro blackwall, 20x2.125 f, 1.75 r

Yellow sdg Slim Jim seat

Suntour 16t freewheel

Sedisport chain

UGP Pacer plate

UGP Flo pads

Dia Compe Tech 77 lever 

Shimano Deore XT cantilever brake

Caloi Uno seat post 26.8mm

NOS Kastan chrome backed decals

 

 

 

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Sad he passed, but you having his bike is cool.  I'm sure he's looking down smiling. 

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