Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
Bikes: Rivendell Sam Hillborne DTT in Awesome Green; Brompton M6R (reduced gearing) in Sage Green; GT Timberline Hybrid (10 years old!)
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Originally Posted by KenshiBiker
Yup. I saw the Hillborne in your sig line. I thought of mentioning the irony, but figured I'd let it slide.
How do you like your Riv anyway? I was down at their store in Walnut Creek (even got to meet Grant P.) a few weeks ago. Unfortunately they didn't have any bikes my size to try out, but next spring I may be looking for a dedicated commuter bike and promised them I'd be back.
Me and irony - story of my life!
I love my Rivendells. They are amazing bicycles. I know some cyclists think they are overrated and perhaps they are in a sense that if you know exactly what frame to buy and how to source and assemble a bike from the components, you could probably build a similar Rivendell for less money (but I'm guessing not for a lot less money). Me? I have neither the time nor ability to do so. Rivendell claims implicitly that if you want their bikes, they can advise you in such a way that their experience will produce the best bike for you, whether you agree or not. I have to say... they're right.
Rivendell bikes are uncomplicated, stylish, and tough. I cannot stand most of the colour schemes and finishes on most "modern" bikes: for me the colours are garish, they clash, and I don't want to adverstise (bike brand) in 1000 font size in blazing white. I also personally like the idea that I can easily adjust and fix things without too many tools or dedicated equipment. I have a fat bike too, and in anticipation of the upcoming winter weather, I spent 45 minutes yesterday trying to true the back disc rotor. Not hard, but it was a bit frustrating. I succeeded - mostly. The Rivendells aren't perfect, but I can more than live with what I think might be their imperfections.
And let's be blunt - I'm a bit vain. If you buy a Rivendell, you are, quite honestly, buying into a culture or lifestyle choice to some degree. Look at me! I'm an urban retro grouch! Eh, I don't pretend to be morally superior!
But you know, at the end of the day, it's about the ride: the bikes ride like silk and flow like water.
If you want one and you get one, you'll love it.