Having almost twice the tubes would make you think it would only have twice the amount of work involved. You would of course be mistaken, Having three top tubes (yes THREE!!!) a seat tube brace, AND segmented seatstays makes this the most file intensive bike I have ever constructed. Now granted I do not have that great of a pool of experience to pull from however this frame definitely deserves that kind of hyperbole. Now, personally I think that kind of work was totally worth it as this frame is very reminiscent of the old cruiser bikes as well as a mix of a more contemporary compact geometry. With the segmented seatstays my goal was to tie in the rigid fork I made and hopefully look like the two were designed to be together (they actually WERE!).
Recently I rode my dads new 29er to and from my shop, and I must say that while nowhere near as fast as my road bike it was far more fun in general. Having the ability to hop onto and off of curbs and just be able to flick the bike around was a complete blast. With my current bike I am putting a pannier rack on it that is compatible with disc brakes (normally the disc brake calipers would interfere with your typical off the shelf bike pannier rack). This will allow me to do some "destruction" testing on the new segmented fork as well as have enough cargo for a change of clothes for when I get to the shop (I hate wearing a big backpack while I am road riding).
Last weekend I spent a couple of hours out at Greensfelder park for a trail workday with GORC (Gateway Off-Road Cycles) and the park service. We rerouted the new trail around a badly washed out section of trail and now hopefully gave that trail many more years of life! Of course after the workday we road out a large section of the trail and had a blast. One thing is for sure, I really need to get back riding more. The guys (and gals) on the ride kicked my arse from beginning to end. Back when I used to ride out at Greensfelder there were only a couple of trails open to bikers and the ones that were open had been destroyed by horses. Thankfully with the amazing work that GORC has done almost all of the trails at Greensfelder have been opened to bikers and GORC has done an amazing job at helping maintain and update them.