I have been thinking about getting a new bike. I was reading Bike Quarterly
last nite, and some comments persuaded me that I wanted to try the Grand Bois
Hetre 42c tires.
Has anyone gone 650b? My wife has the 650b Bleriot, but I am looking for
opinions of Clydes. By the time I get this done I will be close to 60 year sold.
I am looking for a lively bike, but one with a really nice ride so I can keep riding
as I get older.
I am looking at custom frames. I have some fit issues, and between the cost and
the fitting problems, Rivendell may not be a good choice for me. Wish I could go there and try their bikes and see it they would fit me.
You might want to try the Panaracer Col De La Vie, there's a lot of positive remarks on that tire too.
You probably want something like a sport tourer. Clearance for fenders and big tires, but with steeper angles to keep the handling quick, like a 74 degree headtube and relatively short chainstays, but enough for small pannier clearance (if you were to install a rack). In all honesty, call up Rivendell. Tell them about your predicament. Grant and the crew should be able to help you out. And if you can't find it there, call up one of the many custom builders throughout the country. Somebody WILL be able to help you. It may not even be from a place you're expecting.