Not only did I have an amazing weekend of riding and great night of camping at Black Mountain – today was a pretty special day. I’ve been riding my GDR prototype bike for about a month now and today we took a little something special out of the oven – Frieda. We honed the geometry a little more based on some of the long rides I’ve been doing and made a few tweaks and she’s now looking VERY Great-Divide-aliscious!
As an endurance bike, she’s pretty fredular. In looking for a name, I started throwing around feminine names – my bikes are too pretty to be guys – equivalent to Fred. The name Frieda came to mind since it’s pretty similar and it stuck for a few reasons.
There was of course Frida Kahlo (whose name was originally spelled with an e) who was a strong and talented Mexican painter who endured a remarkably tumultuous life overcoming polio at age 6 and enduring many many operations as part of her recovery from a horrible bus accident.
Then there was Frieda – the Peanuts character – who had really rad curly hair.
Plus, I just like how the name looks and sounds. So, she’s my feminine Fred – strong, goofy, and beautiful in her own special way!! Here’s a couple pics of the real Frieda along the path to perfection…