The very first testride of the OnTheRoad 4.0 :
along the Dutch weilanden in Twente !

Picture When the OnTheRoad 4.0 was (for the first time) fully assembled it was time for the very first testride.

Everything had to be checked for correct assembly, adjustment and functioning. All parts were still unpainted so this was the moment to make the (very) final decisions.

Special care was taken to determine the correct height of the seatpost. This was critical since only the part of the seatpost without paint will fit into the frame. So the correct height was marked with a scratch.

Also the width of the handlebar had to be checked for correct seating- and ridingposition. Then, as with a seatpost, screw-on type handlebargrips are fairly difficult to slide over a painted handdlebar. So the correct innerposition and outerposition of the grips were also marked with a scratch. Back home the handlebar was then shortened at those outer scratches. Picture That evening I toasted to the succes of the testride with a glass of whisky and (then) decided about the colors the bike should have 😉. The next morning I disassembled the whole bike and brought all (all) parts to the powdercoating company. Picture It is important to have an idea about he real look of the colors you have in mind. I had that idea very clearly since I had visited the powdercoating company already the week before. Besides that this was already the fourth time I would have a bike painted 👏. Picture The basic color would be metallic black Picture and the contra color would be metallic gray. Within 2 hours all parts were gritblasted, degreased, powdercoated, baked for 20 minutes at 170C and cooled down.


The next day, the 16th of march 2017, the OnTheRoad 4.0 was born !