Wooden RENOVO R1 road bike

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Just got back from Italy. With the Maratona dles Dolomites granfondo included the kilometre count was exactly 1400 in 11 days! It was definitely the most physically challenging journey I have ever done, but at the same time it was also the most amazing cycling journey ever! I will post some pictures in the next couple of days.

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Looking forward to the pictures of the trip... And more of the bike.
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Here are a couple of shots from the trip. Quality isn't exactly top notch, since we only took our phones along to take pictures. Just for your information, we crossed the Belgian Ardennes, the German Eifel and Black Forest, the French Vosges, the Swiss and Italian Alps and the Italian Dolomites. With the Maratona dles Dolomites granfondo included, we ascending over 25,000m.

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Drying out the BIB shorts
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Posing on some logs in the German Black Forest
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The Gilles Berthoud saddle shaped nicely during our trip
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Nothing but bad weather conditions until we reached Italy
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Amazing ascend to Davos, Switzerland
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Big lunch before leaving Davos and heading of to Italy over the Flüela pass
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Low temperatures and snow on top of the Flüela Pass
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Descending with plastic bags over the shoes to keep the cold out
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Climbing the Stelvio pass
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View on top of the Stelvio pass
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Another view from the Stelvio pass
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One many beautiful views during our trip
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Second flat tire 40km before arriving at our final destination
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Roads kept getting better when we got closer to the finish
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The amazing Italian Dolomites
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The end result after riding the Maratona dles Dolomites
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Great pics, great bike, great trip :thumbup: :thumbup:

Thanks----was the bike as good as you thought it would or wood :mrgreen: be?

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Great pictures. Very jealous of the bike and the trip!
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@DRAGON60: The bike was anything I thought it would be!

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You've started to put on some serious mileage in all road and weather conditions----is the clear coat glazing or hazing at all or is the finish as durable as a good quality paintjob?

I may opt for one of these soon.

On a personal note and because you seem very knowledgable----I have a EC90 SLX fork on a ti bike---very light but may want to remove decals---is acetone the correct way?

Sorry for OT question

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The clear coat looks as good as the day I first got it. It does tend to get dull when dirty, but after a quick polish it keeps looking like new, which is great fun every time I do it.

On the Easton fork the decals are under the clear coat, so acetone won't do the trick. To remove the decals, you will have to sand down the clear coat. I would opt for different fork though, if it is a possibility. The Whisky fork on my Renovo was remarkably better than the Easton.

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I can think of a dozen good reasons why you would want to buy a wooden bike (ride quality, superb stiffness, environmentally friendly, etc.). My reason to buy one was different though.

My parents run a custom wooden furniture building company for as long as I can remember, called DW Meubel. When I was a child I spend countless hours in the workshop, looking at furniture being built and building my own (mostly silly) things. Although I never really got any good at it, I did develop a passion for wood craftsmanship during my childhood. That is why, when I first came across a Renovo wooden frame online, I knew I had to have one some day. And now I own one, which is really cool :D .

Whilst I am very passionate about the things my dad builds, he isn't exactly thrilled about the bicycles I build. That said, he was very excited when he saw the Renovo wooden frame for the first time. In the picture below you can see him holding the frame in the workshop. Maybe we should combine our skills and try and build a wooden frame together some day.


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Maybe we should combine our skills and try and build a wooden frame together some day.----I would ABSOLUTELY like to see what the 2 of you could do with that idea. :up: :thumbup:

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How much does it weigh?

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I don't remember the exact weight, but I am sure it is posted in this topic somewhere. Pretty heavy anyway ;).

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Wow! Absolutely stunning.

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Thanks :)

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WOW... speechless... its a work of art and it's being put to its purpose... Zeer mooi :thumbup:

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