I’ve entered the 2008 Etape Caledonia which is a closed road Audax style event that takes place in the Scottish Highlands. Entering serves a number of purposes, namely the enjoyment of the ride itself, a driving force to help get me out there on the bike on horrible wet and windy mornings and lastly the excuse to build another bike!
I’ve not been on the bike anywhere as much as I’d like to recently due to a whole range of issues that I’ll not go into here. Suffice it to say that having this race coming up might be the extra focus I need to get out more.
I don’t normally need an excuse to plan and design another bike but this seems like a good a reason as any.
I’d describe the frame in mind I have for this as a fast tourer. 700c wheels able to run up to a 35 or maybe even a 38 tyre. Loads of braze-ons but also quite a racey geometry (72.5Âº head angle, 73.5Âº seat angle) and a nice stretched out cockpit (570 effective top tube). Standard reach calipers or maybe even long reach depending on mudguard (fender) clearances.
I like the idea of building this lugged. I’d really like to try out the new Columbus Spirit for Lugs tubeset. This is a light weight oversize tubeset with longer butt profiles designed specifically for building with lugs. There’s a number of really nice new style lugsets out there now too.
Having said all that, my heart really lies in the clean lines of a nice fillet brazed frame so it might well end up that way.
Here’s a drawing of the dimensioned frame and also a drawing of the full bike.
So, the longest (slowest?) frame build in the world is done. For full history of this build check back in the archives, I think the first post was in about 1975. Anyway here’s some pics of it in its raw unfinished state, some of the frame just back from the painters and a couple of the bike almost built up. One thing that this build has taught me is either I need a new camera or my photography skills are shit. I think it’s a bit of both.
The colour is supposed to be Massey-Fergusson gray but I think it came out lighter than bot of us expected. I think we’ll also do a new decal kit for it in more subtle colour. The decals on it at the moment were supposed to be ‘Forth Rail Bridge’ red but they’re leaning more to Postman Pat red.
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