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 and 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 braze-ons.

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 (above). 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 one of the mechanics.

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

Three weeks later they called and I had the finished frame in my hands. They also pressed in 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.

I ended up racing seven times on it. Two Sprints, Three 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, put it this way, I certainly don’t have any modern aero or carbon bike envy.

My perfect frame-building future plan is to find a local workshop that I can use to keep myself and my family in racing and bikepacking rigs.