After Big Forest Frameworks

This is the fourth and final part of a blog series about the bike I built to race the 2018 triathlon season on. Here are the other parts. Part 1. Part 2. Part 3.

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.

Gutenbiken is a cool, alternative bike shop that specialises in renovations, repairs, cargo bikes and bikepacking stuff.

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.

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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.

I’m not going to link to results or anything. But I certainly don’t have any modern aero or carbon bike envy.

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.