Roberto has managed to get himself tangled up in a triathlon.
On the face it is not a particularly big deal. It’s a sprint tri, so individually the distances aren’t too harrowing. But the very nature of a triathlon isn’t about individually doing anything. It’s about doing all three. One after another. This is harrowing.
Clearly number one priority is to equip oneself with the right tools for the job.
Rob has started an ever evolving project.
First off, the frame…this frame is the prototype for the polo bike that he and Eric built last year (pictured below)…
Built using Ishawata tubing.
As this was designed to be a Polo bike, it has no gears. So Rob brazed on a hanger.
The chain stay and rear drop outs were utilised from an old crash damaged Italian frame, hence the Columbus tubing pictured here….
Then Rob ordered 3 sets of tri bars. Just to be sure.
They look quite unassuming in the box.
They look kind of bonkers once fitted. It looks like the kind of bike you would take to ride around Mars on. Ground control to Major Tom.
The super clever thing about this bike is that the rear triangle can be removed, thus making it possible to dismantle the frame and fit it into a bag. Ultimately meaning you can hop on the Eurostar with a bike in a bag and and avoid the hassle of making a ‘bike booking’, and paying any kind of premium.