So I took the train back to Munich on Thursday morning with my frame protected in bubble-wrap. I was proud of my work and super-pysched to build it, test it and then race it.
Robert suggested I build the bike up and ride it before sending the frame for painting. To check alignment again and that we hadn’t forgotten any important braze-ons.
So in late January I threw on some old components and installed a cheap headset just for test purposes. But with all the snow on the ground I couldn’t get to ride it outside until late-March.
I took two of the boys to the local airstrip in Neubiberg. First impressions? I liked it. A lot. Everything worked and the position was near-perfect for a day long effort or a blast around Dorney.
In early-May I took the frame for painting at Gutenbiken in central Munich. I went for a deep blue and was congratulated on my choice by Marcus, one of the mechanics.
Three weeks later they called and I had the finished frame in my hands. They also pressed in a Cane Creek headset for me before I did the rest of the build at home.
The idea was a minimalist-80s aestetic like Mike Pigg’s bike in this website’s logo. For 2019 I’ve fitted a Selle Italia Flite saddle and will finish building the wheels that I started last year.
I ended up racing seven times on it. 2 Sprints, 3 Olympic Distances and an Ironman Distance event. The general handling, accelerating, straight line speed and comfort was as wanted.
My perfect frame-building future plan is to find a local workshop where I can rent some time at a bench and some gas to keep myself and my family in racing and touring bikes.