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Old 10-11-15, 05:22 PM
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Show us your Rivendell

I was looking for such a thread and didn't find one in particular. Lots of opinionated thrashing, but no such showoff thread! So I'm starting one. Today my wife bought this from my boss's wife, who has had knee and hip replacements and didn't foresee riding it again. It's a Glorius, more ornate than its descendants. It's built up with a premium smorgasborg of components.

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Beautiful! Grant Petersen makes eye-catching bikes - and a Rivendell is truly a work of art!
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If you don't get a lot of owners posting their own bikes, I've got a whole folder full of other people's Riv's!
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Wow, that bike is crazy beautiful.
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Too bad for the original owner. At least it went to a good home. Now, clean the grease off the chainstay.
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If only I could afford an Atlantis. The OP's bike is beautiful. I have only seen one Rivendell in person and it was a woman's Atlantis. Rivendell makes some beautiful bikes for sure.
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Rivbike innovates and makes creative but still traditional bikes.
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Folks who can't afford a Rivendell, can get a mass market bike from Brooklyn Bicycle Co.

Grant Petersen sits on their advisory board and has had input into their bike design.
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Originally Posted by alan s View Post
Too bad for the original owner. At least it went to a good home. Now, clean the grease off the chainstay.
No kidding. My boss uses the same goopy black stuff on all his bikes, and his wife's bikes, and on the bikes of anyone he "helps" too.

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Here are my two:

A Sam Hillborne with the first pair of Bosco Bars sold,


I use it for grocery runs, commuting, charity rides, club rides and credit card touring. It's hard to stay off it.

Sam's big brother, The Hunqapillar,




the all terrain, heavy duty touring bike which takes me anywhere anytime.
I'm jealous of the Glorius. If I can find a Wilbury in my size, I will be all over that thing.

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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
I was looking for such a thread and didn't find one in particular. Lots of opinionated thrashing, but no such showoff thread! So I'm starting one. Today my wife bought this from my boss's wife, who has had knee and hip replacements and didn't foresee riding it again. It's a Glorius, more ornate than its descendants. It's built up with a premium smorgasborg of components.

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Nice ride! Noticed the bolt hitting the frame. You might want to try turning that bolt and nut upside down.
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Originally Posted by irwin7638 View Post
Sam's big brother, The Hunqapillar,




the all terrain, heavy duty touring bike which takes me anywhere anytime.
Looks serious!
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Originally Posted by Ridefreemc View Post
Nice ride! Noticed the bolt hitting the frame. You might want to try turning that bolt and nut upside down.
Can't win! Right now the nice smooth acorn bit is hitting the frame... and there's a nice clear plastic decal keeping the paint safe. Turn it over and it's the edges of the hex and hanger and cable cap scraping the frame. The successor versions Betty Foy and Cheviot use side-pulls.
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'97 Rivendell Road Standard, turned into a 650b tourer:

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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
Can't win! Right now the nice smooth acorn bit is hitting the frame... and there's a nice clear plastic decal keeping the paint safe. Turn it over and it's the edges of the hex and hanger and cable cap scraping the frame. The successor versions Betty Foy and Cheviot use side-pulls.
Yes, that came to mind - further away by flipping it, but when it does hit it could do damage. Probably not an issue with the mylar being replaced as needed.
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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
It's a Glorius, more ornate than its descendants. It's built up with a premium smorgasborg of components.
I hope to have one built one day.
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The rear brake caliper routing is interesting. Its usually a big swoop up to the seat stay, but I really like the straight line without bend- less resistance and clean look. But the bolt rub is less than ideal.
Incredible detail on the frame!
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The rear brake caliper routing is interesting. Its usually a big swoop up to the seat stay, but I really like the straight line without bend- less resistance and clean look. But the bolt rub is less than ideal.
Probably following the fashion of "true" mixtes that have center-pulls. In those there's no tube to rub on, and the little cross bar contains the cable stay.

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Can I join in?







I purchased this used (it looked brand spanking new, not a scratch anyplace) about two months ago and have been working to make it mine. I changed all the cables to silver, changed the tires from 40mm Schwalbe to 35mm gum Panaracers, Honjo hammered fenders, Nitto front and rear rack, Nitto mustache handlebars with yellow amber shellac, double legged kickstand, just installed the Ostrich panniers and I have a small Sackville TrunkSack for the front rack on the way.

I went on my first commute today and I am overjoyed with the difference between my CF Specialized Tarmac which I have been commuting on and my Rivendell, it's like day and night and my back thanked me for it every mile. While I still love my Tarmac for weekend fast blast rides, steel is real for me as a commuter. It may be heavier than my CF ride but it sure was fast enough for my urban commute and a whole lot more cushy.
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I wondered what the hammered fenders would look like! Saweeeet!

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Originally Posted by Darth Lefty View Post
Can't win! Right now the nice smooth acorn bit is hitting the frame... and there's a nice clear plastic decal keeping the paint safe. Turn it over and it's the edges of the hex and hanger and cable cap scraping the frame. The successor versions Betty Foy and Cheviot use side-pulls.
If you don't mind peace signs, just can that pull and get one of these.

I put them on my Riv and they work great. Also, that is some stunning lug work and I really like the color combo.
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This thread is a little too rich for my blood to contribute, but I do love seeing all the Rivs! One day, perhaps.
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This thread is a little too rich for my blood to contribute, but I do love seeing all the Rivs! One day, perhaps.
Keep an eye out, you never know. I felt the same way, that I'd never afford a Riv. But then I scored mine for $750 on my local craigslist! I've probably invested that much since in upgrades.
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Keep an eye out, you never know. I felt the same way, that I'd never afford a Riv. But then I scored mine for $750 on my local craigslist! I've probably invested that much since in upgrades.
That's what I did also and landed the Sam Hillborne I have now, granted it was more than $750 but still a good deal. I also saw one years ago that a student was selling for a really good price on Craigslist but unfortunately it just wasn't my size.
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When I grow up, I hope to get a Rivendell.
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