there are several RIVENDELL bicycles for sale at this time on
On Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at 9:38:33 PM UTC-5, Tim Butterfield wrote:
> I've been thinking of getting a Rivendell bicycle for a long time. I
> first joined this group to lurk back in 2010 and have been a member and
> sometimes lurker since then. But, I had not made the commitment and
> purchased a Riv. The closest I came was getting a Velo-Orange Rando. That
> was sort of rivish.
> Being in the suburbs of Chicago near O'Hare airport limited my comfort
> using it the way it should have been. That bike was sold before I left
> Chicago to live full-time in an RV. Once we decided to settle in
> Anacortes, WA (still in the RV), I purchased a Specialized AWOL Comp,
> definitely not rivish.
> It's a nice bike, but I now want something more rivish, this time, the
> real thing. I'm thinking of getting either the Roadeo or the A Homer
> Hilsen. I like the idea of the liveliness and sportiness of the Roadeo,
> but like the bit of extra versatility of the AHH also. With my weight at
> 200+ (PBH 33" or 83.8cm, age 51), I'm leaning towards the AHH instead of
> the Roadeo. I can start more roadish with the AHH and, as I build my
> abilities further, expand the bike to fit new and/or different tasks
> without having to change frames.
> So, I'm fairly settled on getting my first Riv, one of the two mentioned.
> My pondering now is mostly on how to appoint it. My Rando was more modern
> with the 105 setup. The AWOL was definitely modern with discs and SRAM
> setup. But, I'm not tied to that. Though I haven't used it much, I like
> the looks of a quill stem, drop bars, and downtube shifters. It looks
> clean and simple. I'm just not sure what it's like to live with. I expect
> that, like many things, it is a matter of adapting to it. But, using DT
> shifters or bar ends does set a direction as neither would work with an
> 11-speed I could have instead. I'm trying to consider the pros and cons of
> With my AWOL, I leave it locked to the cabana just outside my RV. Some
> RVs have sufficient inside storage for a bike. Mine doesn't.
> My questions to the group are these: As I am not yet doing longer
> distances, are there still benefits to the more traditional setups? If I
> pick either one, what might I later miss the other may have provided? Are
> there likely to be any weather related or other wear issues leaving a Riv
> locked to the RV park cabana like I do my AWOL? I'm doubtful of that, but
> don't want to mistreat it either. Any thing else I should consider?
> Thanks for any advice you have.
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