Bike Check: Goldsprint
It's almost a year since I got my beloved custom built bike. After years of riding crappy bikes I decided it was time to invest in something special. It took months of planning, which was mainly waiting for parts to arrive no thanks to slow suppliers. It was built by the trusty mechanic who goes by the name of Urban Destroyers.
The first time I went to Herne Hill Velodrome I fell in love with fixed gear bikes and knew I wanted a classic track bike. After months of searching for something affordable, the right size and a frame which I liked, I stumbled across Goldsprint a company based in Berlin. I'd looked through countless frames on the NJS Export site, and the frames in my price range just weren't doing it for me. When I found the flamed raw track frame set on the Goldsprint site I knew that was the one.
The only instructions for Mr Urban Destroyer was that it needed to be good for track as well as the city, with all the parts being black and not much branding. He picked a few different options for the parts and we discussed the pros and cons of each and then settled on the final pieces to the puzzle.
Here are some bad quality pictures from when it was freshly put together. Such a beauty if I do say so myself.
The chosen parts were -
Chris King NoThreadset Headset
Thomson X2 Stem
Thomson Masterpiece Seatpost
HPlusSon Formation Face Rims
Paul Components Hub
Sapim CX-Ray Spokes
Sram Omnium Chainset - 48T / Dura Ace 16T Sprocket.
Selle Italia Turbo Saddle
Attack Force Continental Tyres
I have since changed the bars to Women's Specialized Road Compact Drop Handlebars, which are a lot more suitable for both the city and the track. I'm so happy with this bike it's been great for everything from racing at the Olympic Velodrome to riding the 120 Miles of the Dunwich Dynamo and it rides like an absolute dream!
Here my baby is on holiday at Lake Balaton in Hungary.
And here are some pictures our awesome not so little friend Indra took of my dream boat last year. Check his Flickr to see more delightful pictures of amazing bikes.
Yes, I was Instagramming my trainers!