The poor little guy looked like he had been set on fire, cut up, beaten, and attacked with a belt sander which is because this is exactly what happened when I set about to customize my Phillip’s 20 last fall.
This project has been going on for quite some time and we are finally ready to send the frame off for powder coating as although the burned up paint, sanding marks’ and raw brass has a certain appeal, a shiny coat of copper / brown powder coat will make the little fellow look like new.
Before breaking things down I got in a good number of test miles to assess the handling and ride changes that came from replacing and extending the rear triangle and building a new fork with less trail which has made the handling quicker and the bike tracks like it is on rails. The increased pedal clearance also means there is less chance for pedal strikes and with a 175mm crank the bike has the same clearance as a standard road bicycle.
After this I will be building some custom racks as the intention has always been to have a separable touring bicycle.
Looking forward to seeing Forrest with his new coat.