I receive some of what Marc describes so well, but I also draw the ire of
CF riders whose bikes cost multiples of what mine did yet it is my bike
that is singularly noted and complimented by other riders. CF, low spokes
wheels and electric shifting have become the uniform backdrop against which
my Rivendell stands out.
I rode a community event here a few weeks ago and gravitated toward a fella
on a Merckx Corsa TSX in 7-11 red and green with a full Mavic group,
including BB, cranks, HS, stem, bars, brakes and levers. We struck up a
nice conversation and rode the metric century together. We collected many
overt compliments and attention from others in the sea of that new normal.
There is a groundswell of practical bikes with fenders, lights, bags and
racks beginning to show in the streets and roads lately. Bike shops being
businesses are either welcoming that interest or turning away new
On Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 8:44:59 AM UTC-4, Patrick Moore wrote:
> This is so odd, or perhaps I just live in a very nice city. Not only have
> I ever gotten only praise and interest for my Rivendells and other such
> oddities, but I've been a favorite at one of the high end, Cervelo selling,
> Madone stocking, carbon fiber living shops in town. Owners drooled over
> Rivendells, 1958 Herse, late '70s Ken Rogers British Racing Trik*. Local
> roadies and grocery store doofuses all say, "Nice bike!"
> Hell, I even had the owner of another now defunct high end store accept
> the 30 lb rear wheel from a 3 speed Schwinn for spoke replacement and
> truing without a single grimace or sotto voce comment, and this was 25
> years ago before I had any real shop cred.
> (Though I did have a snarky youth make a deprecating comment about my hot
> rodded 1992 XO-1 ... Perhaps it was the purple rims and SRAM drop bar twist
> On Sat, Sep 10, 2016 at 6:19 AM, 'Chris Lampe 2' via RBW Owners Bunch <
>> When I first started looking into building up my own bike, I visited an
>> LBS and in conversation I casually mentioned RBW being an influence and the
>> owner grimaced and said something to the effect of "stay away from those
>> Rivendells......". About a year later, I was in there again and he was
>> showing off his new Salsa that he chose for the frame material being steel
>> and the chainstays longer.....for comfort.
>> On Friday, September 9, 2016 at 10:55:59 PM UTC-5, PG wrote:
>>> Will Ashe wrote:
>>> I live in Los Angeles, and as such am intrigued. Would it be a Riv
>>>> dealer or just carry Riv like parts and gear?
>>> By rivvish, I mean a shop that understands a wide variety of bike
>>> designs, and accepts them all as valid. Or, to put it another way, a
>>> shop where you can walk in with a Rivendell and not get laughed out the
>>> door. (That's happened to me before.)
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