>From one happy Hillborne owner to another, welcome.  I, too, sold my road 
and mountain bikes to buy my Sam.  Been happily unracing wherever it takes 
me.

Enjoy!
John

On Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 3:28:15 PM UTC-7, Broccoli Cog wrote:
>
> Hello All, I am fairly new to the group and have been reading and taking 
> in some of the information shared here for the last few weeks.  My cycling 
> history has been heavily influenced by racing. My competitive experience 
> has been in road, mountain and cyclocross. I had gotten to the point where 
> riding a bike was no longer simply just riding a bike. I called it 
>  "training" and I always followed a structured plan and even had a cycling 
> coach.  In short riding became like work and took all the fun out of it. I 
> knew something had to change as I could no longer sustain my chosen path. 
> At the end of the day I am just a guy with a regular job and a family.  I 
> had been aware of Grant Peterson and the folks at Rivendell for several 
> years now. While my interest was piqued when I first learned of them I 
> never fully embraced the Rivendell style. As I began to build up my 
> conditioning for another season of racing I happened to read Grant's book 
> "Just Ride" the words on the pages leapt out at me getting to the heart of 
> everything that I had been thinking.  It was time for me to make a change. 
> While the book is full of many nuggets of wisdom there is one short 
> sentence in the book that really resonated with me. It read, *A bicycle 
> should make your life better, not take it over and boss you around*.  My 
> bike and my immersion in the racing subculture had taken over my life. So I 
> took a giant step back and reevaluated the time and effort I was putting 
> into the sport of cycling. I decided to sell off three bikes, several 
> wheelsets and many random parts that I felt I no longer needed. Frankly, 
> It's a little embarrassing to think about how much money I had spent on 
> bikes and cycling equipment through the years. The money raised from 
> selling off all of this stuff was used to purchase one awesome Sam 
> Hillborne. I love this bike as much as one can love a bicycle. It's 
> everything I need an nothing more. I have been riding it everywhere. On the 
> road, bike paths, single track, gravel, you name it. Sam does it all well 
> and it's comfortable as a bike can be. I thought I would post a picture of 
> it so you can all see how it turned out. I went with the complete bike that 
> Rivendell offers later adding a Marks Rack, SaddleSack X-small bag and a 
> Swift Industries Handlebar bag. I love it!
>
>
>
>

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