Let the retro-bling begin. I found myself attracted to the retrostyle of Rivendell. I gave it a lot of thought, and actually some of the decision-making was based on my height. Okay, some of the decision-making was based on my lack of height.
I've predicted that the majority of my riding will be solo rides in metro parks, hopefully 30-mile round trips on the weekends ... some club rides that should be about 40 miles ... and hopefully a century if I can tune up the motor(ad). Based on my 74-cm pubic bone height in stocking feet, the 700C wheels make the Rivendell frames too big for me. Because I wanted to have a wheelset as close to a 700C, I selected Rivendell's Saluki, which comes with 650B wheels. It should be a tight fit over the Saluki's size 47 frame, because it has an approximate standover height of 73.5 cm.
Another reason why I like the Rivendell frames, is there is a wide variety of tire sizes (and fenders) as options per frame. I gave a down payment for a Saluki on Feb 23rd, and I should be receiving it before the end of April.
Here's my first retro-bling question, meaning I want to maintain the Rivendell aesthetics: Should the frame be painted with non-metallic paint? I wanted a subdued outdoor color. Using the color chart used by Joe Bell, I selected "Olive Green Met" ... which on Joe's chart is "Number G8068" ... click here to see it: < http://www.campyonly.com/images/joebell/imron.pdf >. The question is whether metallic color is in keeping with a retro Rivendell-style bike ... and if not ... which non-metallic color on Joe Bell's chart looks as close to the olive green color of G8068? Plus, on the computer-chart, the G8068 color didn't look shiny, but now I am remembering how metallic paint does make the metal shiny. Un-retro-cool?