A few weeks ago many of you offered suggestions on what to do on my short
trip to San Francisco. (Bikes everywhere!!!! I thought Philadelphia was a
biking town. Not like it is in the Bay area.) It was way-too-short a trip
and didn’t get in half of what I planned. Highlights were the Japanese Tea
Garden and the park, the walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, and the
Streets of San Francisco bike tour (I was so happy to get some biking in).
you to everyone who offered suggestions and bikes to borrow. I’m planning
on going back next year and that trip will be longer, so I can get in the
sites I had to miss.
I visited Rivendell, whose showroom had a few bikes and lots of Joe
Appaloosas in boxes (there’s many more to the right of the photo that I
couldn’t get into the shot). I hope they all sell out fast and make a lot
of people very happy; I just LOVE mine. The new blue color is gorgeous and
as nice as it looks in pictures, it looks even better in person. I met (in
order of “hellos”) the dog (I forget his name, but he was a friendly as
could be), Mark, Roman, and Grant. I left with a mug for Leah (Bicycle
Belle Ding Ding!), and noted a few items that I was going to add to my
on-line shopping cart to ship directly to me once I got home. The mug is
beautiful, hefty stoneware and I recommend it; it’s not just another
typical promotional mug. I added one to my cart for me, after seeing it in
person. I’m so happy that I support a company of this caliber, both in
quality of products but, especially, in quality of people.
Lastly, I went to visit my sister in Nevada, who lives in the same town as
Leah (Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!) and she invited me for coffee. As a bonus
(for me), she brought her Betty Foy for me to meet in person. What a lovely
and well-loved bike! How long can you chat with someone you’ve never met
before? Well, over three hours! I’ve met a few people on the boards (on
rides and some PMs) and everyone is so friendly and “not weird.” She is as
nice in person as she is on the board. Thanks for the great coffee and
So, from about 20 months ago when I had never heard of Rivendell to now,
I’ve gotten a bike that I love, met new friends and have learned a lot from
the board. Thank you, everyone!
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