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Old 08-02-08, 11:06 PM   #1
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Rivendell Bleriot anyone?

So, I've done the search and found some older threads on this, not much new.

Is anyone commuting on a Bleriot? If so, any cons? Do you wish you'd gotten a different bike?
I'm trying to decide between a Bleriot and Salsa Casseroll. I like the Bleriot and have ridden it, just kind of unsure about weight... I don't have the chance to ride a Casseroll as there are none in my area, although I like the looks, etc of the Casseroll.
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Old 08-03-08, 01:27 AM   #2
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I've always wondered if the utility of those bikes was compromised by the fact that they are just too nice to leave locked up outside for any significant amount of time. (Talking about the Rivendell there.)
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I've always wondered if the utility of those bikes was compromised by the fact that they are just too nice to leave locked up outside for any significant amount of time. (Talking about the Rivendell there.)
At least the Bleriot is only about half the price of the Atlantis and other Rivendells. It's the first one they've had made in Taiwan. But I'm like you on the pricier models; I would not want to leave one locked up outside for very long.
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The beauty of the Rivendells(even the relatively inexpensive Bleriot) is it's greatest strength and biggest weakness. The retro look of the blue and cream and the lugs makes it look way more expensive than it is, but it's also very flashy and a theft magnet. I don't think I'd like to leave one locked up, even with a New York Lock. Too flashy.
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The beauty of the Rivendells(even the relatively inexpensive Bleriot) is it's greatest strength and biggest weakness. The retro look of the blue and cream and the lugs makes it look way more expensive than it is, but it's also very flashy and a theft magnet. I don't think I'd like to leave one locked up, even with a New York Lock. Too flashy.
I agree unless you can park it inside all the time!
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Well, luckily I'll have a secure place to keep it while at work. Besides, that's one of the reasons I carry renter's insurance. So, has anyone commuted on one?
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Yeah, I had an opportunity to buy a used Bleriot in my size for $1K earlier this spring, but I sat on my hands. Regretting it.
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Well, luckily I'll have a secure place to keep it while at work. Besides, that's one of the reasons I carry renter's insurance. So, has anyone commuted on one?
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Suggest that you check your policy to see if the bike is covered in full or with a deductable or at all.

I had to list my custom trike as a "listed" item to get all risk/full coverage and pay an extra
small premium to get the necessary covereage. I figure $12 a year is good piece of mind.
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I'll double check my policy, thanks!

I just ordered my new Bleriot from Rivendell, it'll be in a couple of weeks from now.
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