[RBW] Re: Tires for Clementine

2019-10-18 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
It’s been a long saga, but I finally have news to report. 

I got a smokin’ deal on Schwalbe Big Ben tires (2 in?) in 650b for my 
Clementine. They are a UK company, so of course shipping was going to take 
awhile. At some point, the tires were lost by the carrier and I was working 
with the company to figure out next steps. Meanwhile, one fine morning I 
made it all but a half mile to school and BOOM BOOM BOOM!!! Stopped my bike 
immediately and saw that the rear tire was pancake flat. I made an 
instagram video about that as I pushed my bike 1.5 miles uphill in my 
nursing scrubs. I don’t know why I thought that was funny. You should see 
the blisters I still have on my heels. 

I’m Two-Bike Leah these days, so I decided to take the Clementine to the 
shop and give them a laundry list of small issues I’d identified, as well 
as to have them get new tires for it. We all marveled at how dirty the bike 
was, and T (shop owner) agreed that the black on my pants could definitely 
be the brake pads. I brought Kool Stop brake pads for installation, because 
we had decided somewhere on this List that the brake pads were maybe to 
blame. Plus, what does it hurt to get new brake pads? I needed some tuning 
for the derailleurs and then the new tires and one new tube. The shop owner 
had tires in mind and I left him to it. Take my money, I’d said. I’d ride 
the Betz in the meantime.

Meanwhile, my lost tires appeared and the shop’s were late in arriving. He 
decided to put my Big Bens on my bike instead and asked me to bring them 
by. I came to pick up the Clementine today and T told me that he really 
thinks the black dust all over me and the wheels were from those old brake 
pads. He said they were disintegrating (or something) and that there was 
metal and erosion in them (or something). He really thinks I’m going to be 
pleased with these new pads. 

I did a test ride around the block and I honestly cannot believe how much 
better the bike feels on new tires and with new brakes. Just wow. I wish I 
had known sooner. It’s like butter now, whereas my old Kendas always felt a 
little like going through mud. I have dark wash jeans on today, so no 
telling about the brake dust, but I’ll certainly be back here whining about 
it if it starts up again. Carl! Thanks for messaging me about the Kool 
Stops!

What really was the icing on the cake was that T took it upon himself to 
clean up my filthy, filthy wheels and the multi-colored spoke ends all show 
up in bright color again. I was so pleased about how the bike came out and 
as I was leaving one mechanic said, “Your bike always moves to the front of 
the line when you bring it in. I think you get special treatment here.” 

“My bike is serious class,” I said, winking.

And it is.
Leah

PS Thank you so very much for helping me figure out this mess! 

On Wednesday, September 25, 2019 at 8:16:30 PM UTC-7, Bicycle Belle Ding 
Ding! wrote:
>
> I have a 2015 Clementine with the original Kenda tires. I have heard those 
> aren’t nice tires and I’m starting to suspect the rumors are true. “Boggy” 
> someone once said, and that makes sense to me. 
>
> At any rate, something worse is happening. Every day I come home from the 
> school commute and notice black speckles all over my legs, and more on my 
> left leg than right. The dots are not like grease - they LOOK like grease 
> but wipe off like dust. I took a video of this but think it might be weird 
> to post leg videos. At any rate, I suspected the stuff was coming from the 
> chain. Joe Bernard told me to get a chain cleaner and get at it, which I 
> did, and now my chain is clean but I still have the problem. Roberta asked 
> about my tires. Are they flaking off? They don’t appear to be, but I don’t 
> know. 
>
> Whatever the problem, doesn’t this seem like a good excuse to get new 
> tires? 
>
> I would love your input here. I want them to be the same fatness (there’s 
> a technical term!) that I have now, because I LOVE them and because they 
> fit with my fenders. I need puncture resistance. I have a healthy fear of 
> flats and zero skills to fix them. I’m telling you I live dangerously. That 
> is all! 

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[RBW] Re: OT: non-bike hobbies

2019-10-07 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Things I love outside of biking that include my bear cubs:

1. I read them books, and have done since they were babes. Even at 13 and 10, 
they love it. We’ve been all over the world and to other worlds, too. We’ve 
crawled into the wardrobe to have tea with a faun, and met a terrifying and 
good lion who gave us the kingdom. We have graduated wizarding school and made 
the best friends we could have ever dreamed up, learned to stand for Good when 
no one else would and defeated our mortal enemy in a final act of selflessness. 
We have avoided capture from man-eating trolls and, in a reversal of fortune, 
left them as stone statues, so there! Most recently, we fought our way out of 
an arena to start a revolution and overthrow a cruel and oppressive government. 
We have made foods we learned about in these books, and we have talked at 
length about what the stories were trying to teach us. Take them to the library 
- tons of free programs. Go to Barnes and Noble story time and let them choose 
a book to buy. Bonus points if you let them have their very own library card 
and book bag.

2. Adult coloring for you, regular coloring for them. When they were little, 
we’d sit together with hot chocolate and music and talk about all the things 
little people want to know while we filled in black and white spaces with 
color. I love anything by Johanna Basford, a young Scottish darling who kicked 
off the adult coloring craze with her first book, Secret Garden. Bonus points 
if you splurge on the Sakura gel pens with glitter ink.

3. Cooking. It is a universal fact that kids love to help in kitchens. We got 
aprons and chef’s hats and a Harry Potter recipe book and went nuts. Bonus 
points if they help with dinner prep and learn about what nutrients specific 
foods offer and how they help the body!

4. “Adventuring.” This is done mostly by bike nowadays, because it’s faster and 
they like fast. But we would go out for nature walks and they would crawl over 
rocks and make forts and and look for creatures. We would do a “park tour” in 
our California days, where I would stuff them in the bike trailer and we would 
hit one park after another via bike on the paseos until we made our way home. 
Bonus points if you bring a picnic lunch. Double bonus points if you bring 
their stuffed animals and set them up at your picnic.

5. Movie night. In our CA days, we lived in a tight neighborhood. I was best 
friends with 3 families who had kids the same ages. One couple would host movie 
and popcorn night at their house while the rest of the couples had a date. 
Could be dinner, could be an ice cream or a walk at the pretty outdoor mall. 
Bonus points if your friends are from elsewhere - all our friends were from 
India and taught my kids their mother-tongues while our kids were in their 
homes.

6. NATIONAL PARKS! These are the gems of our United States and nearly everyone 
lives by one! (State parks are grand, too.) They are affordable and memorable 
and good for the mind, body and soul. One year we just hit every national park 
in driving distance and had a ball. Bonus points if you sing songs on the drive.

I wish you minivans and road trips and chapter books and good food made with 
tiny people in tiny aprons. Bonus points if you report back here with photos 
and stories.

Leah

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[RBW] Fall Web Specials at Rivbike

2019-10-04 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
There was a gorgeous grilver Clem L in my size. Who got it? Good for them!

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[RBW] A Bicycle Adventure Story

2019-10-04 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
You guys, has no one listened to this episode Grady recommended? No? You have 
done yourselves a disservice. I am only in the middle of it and had to stop to 
come back here and write to you! Thank you Grady - I am subscribed now and 
LOVING IT!

Let me set this up for you. You’re 10 year old, and it’s the 70s. You have the 
coolest ‘70s father to ever walk the Earth in platform shoes. He’s the type of 
guy who says late at night, “Who wants to get ice cream?” and extends the 
invite to however many of your friends can pile in his van. Seat belts? For 
what? One day your dad tells you he thinks you should ride to your uncle’s 
house. 240 miles away. Across 2 states. Over the Adirondack Mountains. On your 
3 speed bicycle. You still have your baby teeth. Put this story together with a 
grab-your-gut-funny host that will make folks in other cars look sideways at 
you during your fits of laughter at stoplights. 

And that is where I leave you. 
Leah
 

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[RBW] “Converting” a Cheviot to Betty Foy

2019-09-30 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Well I’d rather have a Cheviot than a Betty! You buy the Chev, mail it to me 
and I’ll send you the Betz 浪

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[RBW] Re: A Genuine Pretend Anniversary Mixte

2019-09-30 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Brian, I know of what you speak. Too many choices breeds dissatisfaction. Maybe 
because it’s overwhelming? From 2012-2019 I had only one bike, the Betty, and I 
was happy. Since its inception, Rivendell changed several things in their 
philosophy, and I became desirous. Those Cheviots arrived on the scene not 2 
months after I had my Betty. There they were, with those fun decals and cream 
head tubes and limousine-type rides and the cool sheep head badges...I have 
some of what I was missing now in my Clementine, but it lacks some of the 
beauty and litheness of the Betty Foy. I want both sets of qualities in my last 
bike from them. If I could have that bike, I would only need one bike and I 
could just relax about all this. Ha!

I have 2 bikes and am in turmoil about how I would love this one best if it 
just had THAT. And I end up wanting One Bike To Rule Them All. I want it 
step-through so it’s ready for me when I’m an old lady. I want it to be strong 
but not overkill, rigged with racks that can carry heavy loads so I never have 
to worry as I strap an Amazon parcel onto the rack. I want it to have room for 
fat tires and the comfort of long chainstays and I want to feel safe on it and 
know that it will last. I want it to be lovely - fancy lugs and gorgeous paint 
and all the details like cream accents and decals that say clever and 
meaningful things. 

I want a step-through that is SMART *and* BEAUTIFUL. And I was hoping it was 
going to be that proposed Anniversary Mixte. But maybe Brian is right. Get the 
custom and don’t look back. This is a lot to think about.





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[RBW] A Genuine Pretend Anniversary Mixte

2019-09-29 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
A Genuine Pretend Anniversary Mixte

Ever since the sketch and the mention of a 25th Rivendell Anniversary Mixte on 
the Blahg, I have been waiting like a kid on Christmas. The bikes I love are 
the mixtes/step-throughs and what an honor that a mixte was going to be the 
bike representing Rivendell Bicycle Works on their 25th. Since then, I’ve 
haunted the Blug and the Blahg, checking my traps for any hint of the rumored 
mixte coming to life. The fancy lugs, the Rivendell decal, the wispy, light 
ovalized tubes, the “One Bike To Rule Them All” decal I was jockeying to get 
Rivendell to place in some secret spot on the frame...I can’t forget about it. 

In a recent e-newlsetter, the AM was mentioned but then seemingly tabled. It’s 
inconceivable to me that this project may not happen. The lugs have been 
designed, and they look to have a hummingbird cut into the lugwork. And there’s 
no bird I love better than a hummingbird.

I was discussing (despairing) online with friends from the List and one of them 
said, “Why don’t you just get this in a custom? They might even make those lugs 
for you.” 

I am not a custom kind of gal. I love the stock Rivendells I have in my garage. 
But if the only way I can get an Anniversary Mixte is to make it out of a 
custom, well, there’s an idea. 

A Genuine Pretend Anniversary Mixte.

Grant is 65. The Gallup bike and the Longbolts bike are ahead of the AM in the 
queue. The lug maker is going out of business. It could be a very long time 
before the AM is in production. If ever.

I can’t be the only one whose heart was set on having this bike. Would anyone 
else want a Genuine Pretend Anniversary Mixte? Would it be over the top if I 
ordered it as a custom? Would anyone else do the same? Would we have a batch of 
them ordered? And if so, can I choose the color? RICH RED WITH SPARKLES AND 
CREAM ACCENTS.  Jewel-toned, like a hummingbird. 

This might be impossible. Too expensive, maybe Rivendell won’t agree to it, 
maybe it’s a bad idea - but I’d at least like to explore it. Reply if you have 
thoughts about it. This is fun, even if it turns out to be a pipe dream.
Leah

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Re: [RBW] Re: Tires for Clementine

2019-09-27 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Wait, not in 50 - where did I get that? Who put this idea in my head? 

The tire size is “27.5 x 1.75” and the bike has fenders.

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Re: [RBW] Re: Tires for Clementine

2019-09-27 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Alright, I’m just catching up since I had an event that went late into last 
night. I have opened the proverbial can of worms here. I was supposed to say, 
“Please figure out this tire problem. Tell me what to get and how to make the 
black speckles stop.” and you were supposed to say, “1. Do this. And 2. Do 
that.” And then problem solved, right?! 

I might be more conflicted than when I started regarding tires, but I DID order 
the Kool Stop brakes and will have those installed. I’m pretty sure that will 
stop the black speckling issue. As for tires, I know some have been ok with the 
Kendas and like how they keep the bike from taking itself too seriously 
(looks-wise) but I am going to switch them out. The Clementine feels, even on 
flat land, a big sluggish. I rarely shifted on my Betz but I need to on the 
Clementine, like the bike is always in a gear that’s a little too hard. I want 
to see if better tires would help that. 

So, in light of that, do we think Schwalbe Big Bens in 50 will be the ticket?

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Re: [RBW] Re: Tires for Clementine

2019-09-26 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Ok, Friends, you’ve got me interested in the Schwalbe tires, and of those, I 
think the Big Ben and the Big Apples sound good. I don’t know that I need the 
tread of the Bens since I’m really a paved surface kinda gal. But I’m open 
here! The next question is what size. I was out there with a flashlight just 
now and I see the Clementine tires are Kenda “27.5 x 1.75.” Just out of 
curiosity, I looked at my son’s 45 cm Clem, and he has Kenda “26 x 2.10.” Can 
he really have fatter tires than me?! 

I’m asking you and not Rivendell because I probably won’t order tires from 
them. 

You are lifesavers,
Leah

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[RBW] Tires for Clementine

2019-09-25 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
I have a 2015 Clementine with the original Kenda tires. I have heard those 
aren’t nice tires and I’m starting to suspect the rumors are true. “Boggy” 
someone once said, and that makes sense to me. 

At any rate, something worse is happening. Every day I come home from the 
school commute and notice black speckles all over my legs, and more on my left 
leg than right. The dots are not like grease - they LOOK like grease but wipe 
off like dust. I took a video of this but think it might be weird to post leg 
videos. At any rate, I suspected the stuff was coming from the chain. Joe 
Bernard told me to get a chain cleaner and get at it, which I did, and now my 
chain is clean but I still have the problem. Roberta asked about my tires. Are 
they flaking off? They don’t appear to be, but I don’t know.

Whatever the problem, doesn’t this seem like a good excuse to get new tires? 

I would love your input here. I want them to be the same fatness (there’s a 
technical term!) that I have now, because I LOVE them and because they fit with 
my fenders. I need puncture resistance. I have a healthy fear of flats and zero 
skills to fix them. I’m telling you I live dangerously. That is all! 

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[RBW] Re: RBW 25 -Atlantic side of things

2019-09-22 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
I have been waiting for these posts! I have been living vicariously through 
dear, sweet Roberta, who has been funneling pictures and texts and emails to me 
so I can be included from exile here in Vegas (and I see Kai has been starting 
rumors about me - definitely not true, but I do aspire to rise to them ! ). 

You guys look great, your bikes look lovely and it’s true that it looks more 
like a reunion than a meet. Riv people are the nicest people. Did anyone get to 
ask Rachel about her rad daughter with the Tolkien-themed Atlantis? I’ve often 
wondered how that pair is getting along;  I’m sure they’ve  had many adventures 
by now. 

Don’t be shy about posting your tales and photos here - we love them! So glad 
you all had a wonderful time!

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[RBW] Re: Charlie H Gallop!

2019-09-12 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Masmojo, do we know for SURE that the mixte isn’t happening? I am with you - I 
had my heart set on it. It looks like the lug has the cutout of a hummingbird - 
and nothing warms the heart of Leah Peterson like a hummingbird. I figured he 
could make the mixte in a jewel-tone, like hummingbirds are, and make it a 
wispy, light-weight lovely super mixte and all would be well with us. 

I have had my heart set on that mixte. 

I do like the head badge and even the name of the Gallup bike. Sounds cool but 
not like a mixte.

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[RBW] Re: Riv sighting, Pittsburgh

2019-08-28 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
What a cool story. Glad you met someone of like mind and that you had a lovely 
ride in which to get acquainted. How many of us want to be that guy in 
retirement?!

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Re: [RBW] #ClemWaiting

2019-08-24 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Well, if anyone watching here is having their bike shipped, let us know if you 
got a tracking number or if the bike just appeared. Wondering if it’s too much 
to hope my sister gets her Clem L for next weekend! (Hers will ship to LBS for 
assembly, though I think they’ll move quick because it’s Gene Oberpillar’s shop 
and he loves him a Rivendell).

You are all going to LOVE your bikes. I can’t wait for folks to update this 
thread and let us know their first impressions.

I’m dying to see what the “chameleon green” looks like - share lots of photos, 
friends! There can’t be too many. 

Happy Saturday, All.
Leah

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Re: [RBW] Re: #ClemWaiting

2019-08-20 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Does she want to swap out her bike? 

If so, is she using her LHT for shopping? Carrying anything?  I am using a 
Clementine for my sons’ school commute. The bike is magical and even though 
it’s heavy, I have no trouble climbing hills with it. Whatever stupid weight I 
saddle it with, the bike absorbs it like it’s not even there. This morning, 
with a front rack, and 2 Backabike bags on the rear, I hauled: 2 U-locks, a 
Chromebook, a lunchbox, one violin and one clarinet. And then my own phone and 
keys, naturally. I only noticed the weight when I lifted the rear end of the 
bike to turn it at a crosswalk. The bike never complains; it’s dog-like how it 
just exists to please you and make your life happy.

There, you can read her that.

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Re: [RBW] Re: Shifting issues on 1st Gen Clementine

2019-08-19 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Thank you, Dorothy. ❤️ That is great to know, and I do think I’ve now gotten 
the issue fixed.

A List member messaged me and said, “Leah, I still don’t think those shifters 
are right...” And he was right. The clamp needed to swap places with the brake 
clamp. Then Joe B. realized the mechanic had swapped the brake levers (which 
had been correct), and apparently that is not right, either. I threw up my 
hands and took the bike to a LBS in town. The owner showered the bike with 
praise and took it for a long test ride. He fixed the shifters and brake levers 
and even found a thing or two extra to fix so the bike rides better. The 
ergonomics are better, the brakes are better, and the shifting is, so far, 
vastly improved. 

He told me after seeing my bikes he’s been telling customers to buy Clems from 
Rivendell; he really thinks Clems would be great mountain bikes. I could barely 
believe what I was hearing. So, all’s well that ends well and I’ll try my new 
shifters in their proper places in the morning on the school commute!

Thank you all SO much for walking along with me.
Leah

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[RBW] FS: Nitto Mark’s Rack

2019-08-16 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Sold!

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Re: [RBW] Identity Crisis Sale: Nitto, Sackville and more

2019-08-16 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Hi All,

The bags and bars are gone. I am keeping the Surly 24 Pack Rack for now, but 
I’ll update this post if I decide to sell (I’ve had some interest recently) it 
later. I still have the 2 Fish cage.

Thanks!

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[RBW] OT: Article about the gift of a red bike

2019-08-15 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Completely darling. Such heart-warmer. Thanks for passing it along ❤️

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[RBW] Rivendell Nitto Basket Rack

2019-08-14 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
It’s good to hear your take on the long-awaited Nitto Basket Rack! I’ve been 
really curious what folks are saying about this rack. I had one set aside for 
me and was all set to purchase it, but when I saw the photos I realized how 
similar it looked to my Surly 24 Pack Rack and decided to leave the Basket Rack 
out of my already-expensive Rivendell order. The Surly is rated to 30 pounds; 
not sure about the BR. I love Rivendell things and am nearly always brand-loyal 
to them, so this was a departure for me. I’ve been wondering what everyone else 
thinks and how Rivendell’s BR might be superior to other porteur-type racks. 

Leah

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[RBW] Shifting issues on 1st Gen Clementine

2019-08-12 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
I remember that there was talk about the shifters of the early Clems, and now I 
have a first gen Clementine and the shifting is giving me some issues. I took 
my bike to the mechanic for a tune-up and told him the front cog was reluctant 
to shift. He said the cable was a bit loose but he’d address it. A different 
guy ended up doing the work and when I picked up the bike I asked about the 
shifters. The mechanic said they had had a lengthy argument about whether the 
shifters were indexed or friction. (I had told the original mechanics these 
were friction and the clicks were irrelevant. He decided one was indexed and 
one was friction. Whatever.) The second mechanic knew they were both friction 
and said he adjusted it. 

Today I took the bike to school for the first time. At the slightest incline, I 
realized I could not shift the front gears. Now, I always give myself time to 
shift because the bike hates me if I wait until I’m stomping to ask it for an 
easier gear. I decided I just needed to break it in. Tonight my whole family 
went on a challenging bike ride that involved mega hills into the canyon. Guess 
who came in dead last? Me, because I was stuck in the hard gear at the bottom 
of a hill and my little boy, an opportunist from BIRTH, saw my struggle and 
decided to have a race. Also, when I am really pushing the pedals, I hear the 
chatter of the chain in the right pedal. You know the sound that means you need 
to nudge your shifter into the proper gear? That sound. but only with lots of 
pushing and only in the right side pedal. 

So, what I am asking here is: 1. Is this issue just a simple mechanical issue 
that the mechanics need to smooth out? 2. Is this the shifter issue folks 
discussed in the early Clems? Would I be better off changing shifters?

Thanks!
Leah

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[RBW] #ClemWaiting

2019-08-06 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
I’m so excited for all of you (or your family members as Paul and Dorothy have 
it) to receive your Clems! Your wait is nearly done. I inherited my 
mother-in-law’s Clementine this summer and I have been riding the wheels off of 
it and IT IS SO FUN. I just fly around on that bike, so don’t listen to anyone 
who thinks the Clems are stout and sluggish. I FLY. I love everything about the 
bike; it’s practical and beautiful and classy. 

Anyway, you have so much to look forward to that I can hardly stand it. Please, 
please report back here and tell us how your beautiful Clems are treating you. 

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[RBW] Identity Crisis Sale: Nitto, Sackville and more

2019-08-05 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
UPDATE: 

The Bosco Bullmoose bars and the Backabike bags are SOLD.

Somebody out there wants this Surly 24 Pack Rack!

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[RBW] #ClemWaiting

2019-08-04 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Has anyone heard from HQ about what date the Clems will arrive? I don’t have 
any skin in the game, but my sister has a chameleon green bike on order! 

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Re: [RBW] Re: Two-Bike Leah

2019-07-31 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Mark, I’m kind of coming around to the idea of the Pletscher. I used the 
mousetrap yesterday and it was a cool feature, even I have to admit. And you 
really don’t see the rack under the bags, it’s true. I need the pannier rails! 
I’ll order them when I get back to Vegas end of this week. The blue is 
different and better, I think. I love it with the gray accents on the bag. I’ve 
looked at many other brands of panniers and there are none so classy as the 
Sackville line. Rivendell has the market cornered on THAT.

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[RBW] Re: #ClemWaiting

2019-07-28 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
The Indiana dealer may have a Clem L available for you. I just inherited my 
mother in law’s Clementine (first gen Clem L) and it’s absolutely my favorite 
bike. It’s a dream, really. I think you should give Chris a call and after 
that, see if 718 or Analog Cycles has a bike left from the pre order! Good luck 
and I hope you snag one.

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[RBW] Re: Two-Bike Leah

2019-07-25 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Mark - did you have the Backabike bags on the Clem rack? Did you buy and use 
the pannier rails for that Clem rack? Wondering if they work with the 
Backabikes and if I should order them or just rig the Backabike to the top of 
the rack...

Thanks!
Leah

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[RBW] FS: Riv coffee mug

2019-07-21 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Joe, I’m so sorry about your wrist. I really hope you can find some relief - 
you’ve got bikes to ride!

Somehow Two-Mug Leah doesn’t have the same ring to it as Two-Bike Leah. It 
would have to be altered. “Ol’ Two-Mug” sounds right. Oh well, I will step 
aside and let the bidders step up with cash for your lovely Riv coffee mug. I 
have one from dear Roberta that hangs on my mug tree and one is enough for me. 
As always, thank you for thinking of me. File this under Things That Warm the 
Heart of Leah Peterson. 

Two-Bike, One-Mug Leah

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[RBW] Re: Two-Bike Leah

2019-07-17 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
I did it. I got the bags after weeks and weeks of hemming and hawing (I wanted 
them in Royal even before I had the Clementine). But, Rivendell has no Nitto 
medium rear rack in stock. The current rack on the bike is the loathsome 
Pletscher, and it has no rails, and I am planning to sell it. Wonder if the 
Nitto Big Back Rack from Betty can be moved to the Clementine... (See, I didn’t 
have these stressors when I had but one bike!)

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[RBW] Re: Two-Bike Leah

2019-07-17 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Roberta, I love the saddle but for the noise it makes. It’s creaky. I spent 
money this year getting the copper-riveted Select for the Betty and may switch. 
Or put my old B68 (springless version of the B67) on. I am considering the 
copper river version of your saddle, however. But first, the blue bags! ❤️

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[RBW] 52 Clementine Rack

2019-07-10 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
I have never liked the Pletscher (sp?) rack that Rivendell sells for its Clems. 
I inherited a Clementine with that rack and I want to change it out. Does 
anyone one here know if the Nitto Big Back Rack will work on a 52 Clementine? 
Medium or large? Better yet, does anyone have one they would like to sell me?

Thanks!
Leah 

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[RBW] Re: A Family Clementine

2019-07-10 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Aw, Joe 殺

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[RBW] Re: A Family Clementine

2019-07-10 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Thanks, Everyone. I was extraordinarily blessed when my husband’s parents 
became my family. “In-law”was never an adequate name for who they were to me; I 
always shuddered using it to refer to them. My father in law was the stuff of 
lore - the most wonderful man who was generous with anything that was his; his 
affection, his time, his prayers and his resources. He poured them out on his 
family and loved us all to pieces. He was a brilliant man who could tell a 
story like no one else; he was pee-your-pants funny, He died unexpectedly at 
62, 9 years ago.

I have often wondered why such good folks have to be taken away at such young 
ages, but I think it’s the wrong question to ask. Maybe the better question is, 
how did I win the lottery when I got assigned to my family? 

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[RBW] WTB Clem H

2019-06-27 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Andrew, I know 718 Cyclery had a mustard 52 Clem H maybe 6 weeks ago. Check 
with them?

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[RBW] Re: WTB: 52 Clem L or 45 Clem H

2019-06-18 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
I wonder if you can call a Rivendell dealer and still get that bronze green 
52...

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[RBW] Re: Gus pre-sale

2019-06-15 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Oh, Mark, I remember you being deeply, madly in love with your Clementine. I 
don’t remember that there was much you would have changed about it, if 
anything. With that kind of love, it’s hard to see you without a Clementine in 
your future. And the bonus is that you can have it SOON. Do you like the 
current offerings for color? I do remember your tuxedo Clementine and it was 
the bee’s knees. 

But this is not to discourage anyone else from Gussing. I hope everyone orders 
a Gus. The more bikes, we order the better for Rivendell. I just really want to 
see Mark back on a Clementine. It was a match!

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[RBW] FS: bosco bars

2019-06-14 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
I’m interested! Are they 55 or 52? And it is NOT the Bullmoose version, right?

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[RBW] #ClemWaiting

2019-06-13 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
I missed that you typed “L”, so disregard my questions about what bike you got. 
This will teach to me read and writes posts on dog walks! But you can tell us 
here what you plan to use your Clem for and how it will be set up. 

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[RBW] #ClemWaiting

2019-06-13 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
I can’t believe this thread doesn’t have a whole a lot of replies! My 
brother-in-law has a Clementine that my sister has stolen from him. He put up 
resistance at first, but he usually takes his motorized scooter to work, so he 
gave in and let her ride his bike. His Clem has become hers for weeks now. 
However, when I showed her the chameleon green Clementines from Riv’s website, 
she was wrecked. She really loved the bike in that bronze green color.  My BIL 
ordered her one as a surprise for their 11th anniversary! I may have possibly 
planted the idea in his head after I read the email saying there were only four 
left of chameleon green Clementines in my sister’s size. We are ending up with 
an obscene amount of Clems in my family. 

Which bike did you order?

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[RBW] Re: Betty VS Clem

2019-06-10 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
I am curious how anyone can look at the twin top tubes and see “swoopy.” I want 
them to be, because I agree with Cinza - I want my mixte to be a step through. 
I have believed they will be swoopy, trusting the interpretation of others, but 
the twin tubes appear straight to my untrained eye. Garth, are you saying you 
see twin top tubes being swoopy?

Yes, Mark, special lugs doesn’t mean fancy, but I dare to hope because it’s an 
anniversary model! Curious what you mean about hoping Grant and Co will be here 
in the fall. I know business has been hard of late, but do you really think 
they could close their doors by fall? 

If that’s so, Cinza, get in line for a Clementine. You too, Mark, I know you 
miss your tuxedo Clementine. I can barely let myself imagine life with no RBW; 
let’s hope for the best.

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Re: [RBW] Re: Betty VS Clem

2019-06-10 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Here. He discusses his dreams for the bike near the end of this post...

https://www.rivbike.com/blogs/peeking-through-the-knothole/2019-3

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Re: [RBW] Re: Betty VS Clem

2019-06-09 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Don’t give up on the Anniversary Mixte yet. I can’t read diagrams for love nor 
money, but a couple of folks on the List here looked at those drawings and said 
they saw the twin top tubes as being very low and swoopy. Not unlike the 
Clementine. Where are those folks? Chime in here!

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[RBW] Betty VS Clem

2019-06-09 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Well, do you have to choose one or the other? 

I’ve ridden a Betty as my main (ok, only) bike since 2012. I love it; it’s 
nearly perfect and feels like an extension of my own body. I have a deep 
affection for the Betty Foy, but when my mother in law got a Clementine I fell 
in love with her bike, too. My son rides a Clem H, my husband has a Clem H 
(that he neglects in favor of his ugly ebike) and my brother in law has a 
Clementine. So, we have a real love affair going on here with the Clems. I’ve 
ridden both the Clementine and Clem H enough to offer my perspective.

That said, I would have a difficult time choosing one bike over the other. If 
Grant incorporates the strong suits of both in his rumored and highly 
anticipated Anniversary Mixte, I could maybe commit to just one bike. Until 
then, I’d want both Betty and Clementine. Of these two models, here are my 
impressions.

1. I prefer the step-through of the Clementine.
2. I feel like I go faster on the Clementine. Maybe it’s fatter tires. Maybe 
it’s momentum on a thicker-tubed frame? I don’t know, but I feel faster.
3. I like the long chainstays on the Clementine. 
4. I love the fully-lugged look on the Betty. 
5. Betty is a bit more aggressive in position; I like that for hauling loads, 
which I do more often than not.
6. Betty has lighter, prettier tubing, she’s more aesthetically pleasing. Like 
a butterfly!
7. I prefer the fat tires on the Clementine. Those tires just eat up the road 
bumps and feel so stable. 

I had the opportunity to swap bikes with my MIL once, and I chose not to do it. 
There’s still something about that Betty that I cannot part with. In making my 
decision, I had ridden both bikes all over the little lake town in Minnesota 
where my MIL resides. I had just returned from joyriding all over town with the 
Clementine, and I was jazzed. I couldn’t believe how comfortable and fun the 
bike was. I decided to take my old bike out once more, just to make sure I 
could tell the difference. But when I threw a leg over the Betty and rode only 
a few blocks, I knew I was home. That bike is my legs. I love it. I can’t give 
it up. 

So, there you have it. The answer is BOTH.

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[RBW] Re: Cotton tape on top of Meisha's cork grips--good idea or not?

2019-06-01 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Roberta, I want to know how your arm sleeves work out. I hate using sunscreen 
(I use natural stuff and it’s white and goopy) because you’re right - the arms 
get an obscene amount of sun in summer riding. I’ll be interested to know how 
they look and if they’re hot and how comfortable they are. Spare no detail ☺️

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[RBW] Re: New to me Appaloosa Joe!

2019-05-26 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
You will love your Jo Ap. Roberta is, as we speak, on hers in the eastern part 
of the country riding it in a sea of lycra and carbon and doing us all proud. 
Hers is the mouth-watering butternut with burgandy accents - can you picture 
it? 

Enjoy your new Rivendell and I’m sorry to tell you you’ll be ruined for all 
else after this. Happy summer!

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[RBW] Re: Mark’s Rack in Rear of 50 cm Cheviot

2019-05-21 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
I think she needs a different Nitto rack. She loves her Happisack (it’s BLUE! 
) and I don’t see her parting with it. Hopefully Vince calls her back today 
and they can get it straightened out. Thanks for your help, All!

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[RBW] Mark’s Rack in Rear of 50 cm Cheviot

2019-05-19 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Hi All,
My Mom (who lives across the country while I’m living in exile over here) is 
having the longest wait for her new bike in the history of New Bike Waiting. 
This is not Rivendell’s fault, but rather our fault as we are worthless 
mechanics, which necessitated a trip to a bike shop for assembly. Staff said 
the bike would be done Thursday and several days later (today) it finally is. 
I’ve been dying to see Mom’s new bike.

The reason I’m writing is because when Mom picked up her bike the LBS said they 
couldn’t affix her Marks’ Rack onto her Cheviot, saying “it’s 6-8 inches too 
short.” I’m assuming they think the struts are too short. But Rivendell would 
have never sold Mom a rack that didn’t work with a Rivendell bike, right? When 
Vince was working with Mom, he suggested a Mark’s Rack on the rear as a 
saddlebag support. Someone on here knows how it can be done, and that’s where 
you come in.

If you have thoughts on how to make it work, report back here, please! 
Otherwise, she’ll call Rivendell Monday and ask what do to, I suppose. If it 
weren’t Sunday, calling Rivendell is exactly what we’d do, but it is and we’re 
not known for our vast quantities of patience. 

Thanks! You’re the best!
Leah

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Re: [RBW] Dynamo lights

2019-05-09 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Back to the Anniversary Mixte again. I have all these plans and ideas for/about 
this bike, and one of them was that a bunch of us could arrange to pick up our 
bikes on the same day and do a group ride and take group photos, and wouldn’t 
we be darling? 

But it occurs to me that if out-of-staters pick up their bikes at Rivendell, we 
may have to pay CA sales tax. Does anyone know for sure? If I pay with my 
credit card via phone or website, and I pick up the bike in person, do I have 
to pay sales tax? That would be hundreds of dollars, I would imagine...

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[RBW] WTB 52cm Clementine frame and fork

2019-05-08 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
I really hope you get one, Mark. No one loved the Clementine like you did. It 
was a dear thing. I look forward to your upcoming posts about the bike, just 
like old times!

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[RBW] Don't Miss Sights Around Las Vegas

2019-05-05 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Scratch Goldstrike from the List - it closes May 15 

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[RBW] Don't Miss Sights Around Las Vegas

2019-05-05 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Hey, that’s my neck of the woods! If you are going to be staying in Boulder 
city, you really need to check out the hikes in that area. How fit are you? 
Goldstrike Hot Springs is an amazing, not to be missed hike. It is very 
challenging and there is some rock scrambling so you have to be in shape to do 
it. I, myself, couldn’t have done it alone, and needed a boost over several 
boulders on the way. If you want something easier, you can bike the wetlands in 
Henderson. Also, someone mentioned Valley of fire, and he is absolutely right. 
That will be about an hour’s drive north for you, but you’ll never see anything 
like it again. If you want to hike in Summerlin, a nice community near Vegas, 
Red Rock Canyon is the place for you. Also, tons of people ride bikes out 
there, but I think mostly on the roads which has never been my thing. This 
should whet your appetite! Let us know what you decide to do!

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[RBW] Randi Jo Fab bartender bag for RBW

2019-05-05 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Remember when Randi Jo Fab made bartender plus bags for Rivendell? That was 
before I knew what these were, and before I had need of one. I bring my 
Hydroflask everywhere, and bottle cages will not do. I tucked my flask in the 
side pocket of my Saddlesack and I got as far as the end of my driveway before 
it bounced out, denting it and chipping away at the tangerine paint. But I hear 
a Bartender Plus can take a flask this size!

Rare as hen’s teeth I’m sure, but thought I’d ask if someone has an unused or 
unloved RBW Bartender bag they want to sell me.

If not, I see Randi Jo has released the summer colors of the bag on her website 
and I’ll head there instead. In fact, I’ll head there anyway, because Mom 
should have one for her new Cheviot...

Anyway, you know where to find me. 
Thanks!
Leah

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Re: [RBW] Re: Mystery bike in April Blahg

2019-04-29 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Batteries are disheartening. I don’t know much else about dyno, but I don’t 
like batteries. If I understand correctly, YOU are the battery of a dyno, yes? 

Roberta, you’ll have to share everything you learn if you get dyno before I do!

I think the description of how I like my bike set up is: CAPABLE. Ready for 
anything. I never want to worry about not having lights or not being able to 
carry something or having to compromise or settle. My End of the World Bike: 
Ready. Smart. And darn pretty.

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Re: [RBW] Chevoit or Clem jr L

2019-04-29 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
I have ridden both models and I say you can’t go wrong. But the Clem L is out 
of stock pretty much everywhere, and a new batch isn’t arriving until late 
July. But you can have a Cheviot now!

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Re: [RBW] Re: Mystery bike in April Blahg

2019-04-28 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Also, someone tell the folks in charge that we want an inconspicuous decal that 
says, “One Bike To Rule Them All.” 

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Re: [RBW] Re: Mystery bike in April Blahg

2019-04-28 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
How long do you think before Rivendell lets us in on the details of the 
Anniversary Mixte? I’ve been planning out my new bike in my head and someone 
needs to hit me with a reality check soon, because I’ve had too much time to 
“decide” that this bike is going to be everything I want. The bike is red in my 
head and there has been ZERO hint of that from the drawing, ha. I’ve also 
decided to make it extremely expensive with dyno lighting and the new rumored 
basket rack and fancy new Backabike bags and alll the trimmings. I’ve also 
decided no one else should have my Betty and I should horde that bike, 
regardless of whether I even have room in the garage. I think I understand 
dragon sickness (see the Chronicles of Narnia).

Send help.
Leah

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[RBW] Re: FS: 52cm Rivendell Clem Smith Jr L

2019-04-25 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Igor, is this bike still for sale?

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[RBW] Re: Mystery bike in April Blahg

2019-04-25 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Agree. Would not be a lot to ask for just one bike model to be named after a 
woman. But, hope springs eternal - maybe the Anniversary Mixte will have a 
feminine name! My hopes are so high for this bike. I should probably settle 
down until I actually have some cold, hard facts.

I am pulling for fat tires, step-through top tubes, Rivendell head badge, fancy 
lugs, and red paint with cream accents. Hey, even nobodies like me can have 
wish lists, right?


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[RBW] Long shot: 52 Clem L in Butternut

2019-04-24 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Today marks the first day it was warm enough in Mnpls for my sister to do her 7 
mile bike commute. She stole her husband’s Clem L in 59 cm as he wasn’t riding 
it today and it is significantly nicer than her old red Birea. She was nervous 
about being late for work today and nearly talked herself out of biking, but 
for whatever reason, she slammed the saddle and took off down her unfairly 
gorgeous bike superhighway. She called me mid-ride screeching with joy. She was 
effortlessly flying down the road, eating up the miles and was, for the first 
time ever, FAST. She was just delighted and when she was done raving to me, she 
informed her husband she would be the one riding his bike to work now. He 
objected but encouraged her to purchase her own Rivendell Clem L. 

You guys. I have checked everywhere and RBW and their dealers are OUT of 52s. 
718 initially told us they had a Butternut in 52, but alas, turns out it was 
the Clem H. Butternut is her absolute favorite color. Which brings me to this.

Does anyone have a like-new butternut 52 Clem L that they might part with? 
She’s a little skittish about buying used and trusting someone with this much 
cash, but I think you’re good folks. If not, she’ll probably get one later this 
summer in whatever color is offered. But July is a long time to wait. 

Thanks!
Leah

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[RBW] Re: What high security locks are people locking their bikes with?

2019-04-23 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Cinza- since we both have Foys, I wanted to chime in. I tried to use Pitlock 
skewers in my Betz last summer and the mechanics could not get the skewer to 
fit my front wheel. Too small. The back - no issue. I don’t know why.  I’ve 
said before I’m not a mechanic, and now I’m riding around with just the one 
rear pit locked wheel. I do have fenders and the Nitto Big Front Rack, so maybe 
that matters? Someone will know.  

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[RBW] Re: Dealing with verbal harrassment on the road

2019-04-22 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
I’m with Garth on this one. Most folks are good, and the ones who are cruel are 
best ignored and avoided. 

When I was learning some self-defense, I found time and time again that the 
best advice is to avoid. Don’t engage. Get away if you can. If you can’t, then 
become the nastiest, meanest, loudest, foulest version of yourself and fight 
like your life depends on it - because it does. 

My kids used to attend an elementary school that had no valet car loop. It was 
pandemonium with cars parking and trying to get their kids to school. We biked 
and were in the minority for sure; and those cars would block our way any way 
we tried to go. As the weeks went by I went from annoyed, to ticked, to angry, 
to furious and finally, to vengeful. I wrote notes and stuck them to car 
windows when cars blocked the sidewalks. I snapped photos of drivers illegally 
parked while they looked on, raging at me through their closed windows. I 
called the non-emergency line for the police when I saw folks endangering 
pedestrians with their cars. I called the school and complained. I called again 
and asked to be granted permission to don a yellow vest and move cars along who 
parked illegally. You guys, when I started imagining screwdrivers duct-taped to 
my handlebars so I could leave an impression on the cars who got in my way, I 
knew I was the one who needed to change. I had tried to solve the problem, but 
it couldn’t be solved. I could only change me.

That’s not unlike your situation. You can’t stop folks from being horrible to 
you on your bike. But you can choose not to escalate the situation. You can 
wear a go-pro so you have a camera on drivers. You can try to respectfully chat 
with them. But in my experience, eye contact and a friendly wave is the best 
defense I have. I reinvented myself when we switched to a charter school a 
couple miles down the road. This time I made sure to call out good morning 
greetings to those we met and to wave when I could and folks know and adore me 
now. When a drunk driver drove up onto the sidewalk and nearly killed my son 
and me, a driver pursued him and called 911. I credit that to good repertoire 
between me and the drivers in my neck of the woods. 

Hang in there. Most folks aren’t so bad. And the more they see you, the more 
they will like you. It’s a psychological fact! 

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[RBW] Re: Surprise New Bike Day: My MOM

2019-04-21 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Ash, thank you ❤️

Evan, it was a lovely Hillborne. A couple (maybe 20s?) was walking their bikes 
and waiting at the same crosswalk as we were. I did a double-take when I saw 
her bike and said, “I like your Hillborne.” She shot me a quizzical look and 
said thanks. Turned back around to face forward, so no more conversation. I 
would have loved to chat with her and learn about her bike, but she didn’t seem 
to want to engage. Too bad! A Hillborne in the wild and owned by a woman who 
loves Rivendell - I don’t see or meet many of either. 

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[RBW] Re: Surprise New Bike Day: My MOM

2019-04-21 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
You guys. The funniest part was that we called my husband on our way to Riv. 
(He stayed back in Vegas to work, but joined us the next day for the rest of 
the trip.) We made jokes about planning to buy another bike, and  knowing that 
would be ridiculous, he played along. When we finished at Riv you know we got 
him on Bluetooth again to tell him about our visit. I did my best work in that 
moment. I was a real actress. Cue the nervous tone and pseudo-apologetic 
speech. “UmmmJoBear Well, we didn’t *mean* to buy another bike, but 
somehow we did. It was just one of those things. Some things can’t be helped. 
But it’s only several thousand dollars. Just money. Wow, it’s a gorgeous bike. 
Don’t be mad...” 

But maybe the joke was on me. He didn’t get riled at all, so it wasn’t even all 
that funny when I announced Mom bought the bike, not me. In fact, I’m 
disappointed I DIDN’T buy a bike. If he isn’t going to be upset by me spending 
thousands of dollars without even being consulted I should have jumped on the 
opportunity! Well, we’ve got the Anniversary Mixte to anticipate, so maybe I’ll 
try this next year.

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Re: [RBW] Tolkien themed MIT Atlantis

2019-04-08 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
1. Analog (James, et al.): You are amazing. I am in awe that you dreamed up and 
then carried out the idea to include whole passages of Tolkien on this 
Rivendell bike. This is just fantastic. Hits all the pleasure centers in my 
brain - bikes, books, endearing quotes, darling teenagers who are showing such 
promise... You folks are truly talented and artistic - thanks for sharing this 
here - what a treat!

2. I’d LOVE to see/read an interview with this girl. To be this directed and 
precise and artsy at age 13 is nothing short of astounding. (I have a 13 yo boy 
who rides a 45 cm Clem, and he is nothing like this other child!) Is she on 
Instagram? Oh, how I would love to follow her adventures.

3. And who says kids can’t have Rivendells, huh?!? Best thing I’ve seen in a 
long time!

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[RBW] Re: Gus, Susie, or Wolbis?

2019-04-05 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Ok, this is so exciting. Will somebody who understands these things please make 
al the speculations about what we think is the Anniversary Mixte and report 
back every detail here?!? 

1. Do you think the tubes will be lower than the current Cheviot’s? 
2. Can you tell if it will take a big fat tire? 
3. Does it appear from this drawing that the bike will be sparkly red with 
cream accents?!? 

I need to to know these things
Lover of all Riv mixtes,
Leah

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[RBW] Pretend New Bike Day: The Stolen Clem

2019-04-03 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Thanks, guys! I am riding it mostly NAKED which is very fun to say, but only 
means unloaded. The Betz can haul the stuff. Two-Bike-Leah now has options! 
Also, it is very fun to tell folks that this is the bike I ride when I’m 
slummin’ it! 

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[RBW] Wind, fixed gears, drop bars, and old ladies, nice and nasty

2019-04-03 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
I laughed - I can picture the scene exactly! Also, description of sunglasses 
and plucky brother - hilarious. I will file this away in the annals of my mind 
so as not to ever become the nasty type of old woman.   

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Re: [RBW] Re: Bikelessness

2019-04-03 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Friends!

I’m at REI but I can’t get my Clem back because the tech is in love with it and 
out riding somewhere! 

He expressed all sorts of interest in it and had never heard of Riv, so we 
chatted while he put the finishing touches on it and he is ALL KINDS OF 
EXCITED. Keeps saying, “I really like this bike. Now THIS is a cool bike. I saw 
it on the rack and the paint and the cork grips caught my attention. I’m going 
to check it out online and I think this is going to be expensive for me.” 

Update: He’s back and said “This bike rides BEAUTIFULLY!”

See? This is why it all happened this way!

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Re: [RBW] To Helmet or not

2019-03-30 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
I have been following this thread with interest and as a result, I think I’ll 
heed the nudge I feel to start wearing my helmet. The problem is going to be 
this: HAIR. And not just mine. My 13 year old son takes pains each morning to 
have his just so and a helmet will wreck it. This will be a fight after years 
of not wearing the helmet. And then there’s my hair. I love a good Dutch braid 
or even an up-do, and these don’t fit under helmets. Ugh.

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[RBW] Sackville Royal vs. Blue

2019-03-29 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
I want to get another pair of Backabike bags- if you’ve never had a pair, 
you’re missing out on one of the finest things in the shop. I wanted the dark 
blue, what we used to refer to as ‘sapphire’ but the website shows there are 2 
blue colors, Royal and Blue and only Blue is available. Does anyone have a 
Sackville in “blue” that would send a photo for me to look at the color? Want 
to be sure the color is right before I buy a pair...

Thanks!

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Re: [RBW] Re: Bikelessness

2019-03-27 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Haha, Joe. An intervention...it’s come to this! 

I’m gonna take the Clem to get the super-sonic-wooper-dooper cleaning job REI 
offers, so not a total loss. The Clem’s rightful owner didn’t put many miles on 
it, but it’s from 2015 or 2016, so probably time to get it cleaned and 
frame-savered and tuned up. Especially because it’s mine now. I rightfully 
stole it, so it’s rightfully mine and I have standards. 

I’ve done a lot of mental gymnastics to find this “bright side” - and if 
something breaks on the Betz tomorrow and I’m bikeless again I will be beyond 
consolation. Or finagling a way to fit on the #littlesilverclem. Don’t think I 
won’t do it.

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[RBW] Bikelessness

2019-03-23 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
We were all set to ride to the boys’ volleyball game at school today - my whole 
family. Inexplicably, the front derailer on the Betz would not work. At all. 
And it was not that little wingnut, which is the only thing I know to fix. 
Also, the Cygolite is missing a piece! I’m the only one with access to this 
bike and I didn’t crash it - a true mystery. Fine, I’ll ride the stolen Clem, 
alright? My husband has a big ugly e-bike, so he won’t miss his old 
under-appreciated Clem. I had to move Baby Bear’s little Hotrock out of the 
way, at which point I discovered his front tire WAS TOTALLY FLAT. This is the 
same tire I posted about a couple of months ago. That’s it; it’s going in, 
along with my Betz. 

I arrived at the shop and the owner loves me because I’m totally worthless but 
I pay my bills. We have a mutual affection - he performs hocus pocus and 
sprinkles fairy dust and my bike comes back to life; and I pay the bill and 
shower him with all the praise and appreciation for returning TBBITW in fine 
form. I decide that every single major and minor issue with these bikes will be 
written up and addressed this trip. His assistant kindly writes it all down 
(and I am not one to use words sparingly) and then tells me to expect the bike 
back on Thursday.

Thursday? 

I gulp. The weather is going to be sublime all week long - FINALLY - and we 
need these bikes for it. It’s one thing for me to lower myself and try to 
commute with the Clem instead of TBBITW, but Baby Bear has *nothing* to ride. I 
am, essentially, bike-grounded. 

“Oh,” I say, “I suppose this time of year gets busy.”

“Yes,” chirps the helpful employee, “People bring their bikes in and say the 
weather is nice and maybe they should ride the bike they have in their garage. 
And I tell them, ‘Of course!’ I mean, that’s great, right?!”

I smile and nod and pretend to agree but really I’m thinking that these people 
and their under-utilized, garage queen bikes that they will likely throw a leg 
over once or twice this year are AHEAD OF ME IN LINE. I am selfish and 
impatient and don’t want to see from Saturday to Thursday the empty place in 
the garage that my bike occupies. My mind is racing but I keep my composure and 
slide in a sly, “Ok, well I guess I can drive the kids to school this week. 
What a shame the weather will be so perfect. Let me know if it gets done 
sooner?” 

I know that I’m whining and that I have only myself to blame. If I knew a thing 
or two about bike maintenance and repair, I would not be in this fix. Don’t 
trouble yourselves coming up with solutions; I know I need an education but I 
just haven’t done it because that shop and its agreeable owner exist. Now 
you’re here having to read this drivel and it’s not your fault and you don’t 
deserve this BUTI will leave you with the feel-good video because you’ve 
been such good sports. Patrick Moore posted it eons ago and I’ve watched it 
dozens of times because I love is sooo much. It’s about a very old bike shop in 
Europe and the man who owns it. And if you watch it to the 9:15 mark, you’ll 
see me guest-starring. I’m a 70 year old woman who can’t fix a flat and comes 
crying to the bike shop. But unlike her, I make a mean sandwich.

https://vimeo.com/133432406

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[RBW] Bikes = Likes

2019-03-23 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Hi All, I knew this would strike a chord. Isn’t psychology interesting? 

Kent (also) Peterson: great blog - I will keep this link so I can read more of 
your wonderful posts. And your friend with the cello outclasses us and the 
violin HANDS-DOWN! 

Steve: You are way too kind, but pleased to be thought of with such kindness!

George: I’m sorry. Just sorry. No one should ever be treated the ways you 
mentioned, and especially vulnerable folks. A bike vs. a 2 ton steel machine is 
hardly fair or sporting. 

Patrick Moore: Little son is waaayyy too small for even the 45 cm Clem. He fits 
just great on his Hotrock and will inherit #theclemrider’s #littlesilverclem in 
a couple of years. 

Deacon Patrick: Yes, this is an excellent strategy. I try to be innocent as a 
lamb on our bike rides. The only folks who might not like us are the 
pedestrians sharing the path. They are often hogging the entire width, so I 
will often call out, “I love your dog!” “Cute backpack!” “Good morning!” and it 
serves to get them to move without thinking I’m rude for ‘honking’ at them (aka 
ringing my bell).

I guess we keep on keeping on, huh folks? We will win them over one way or 
another, won’t we? 

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Re: [RBW] Re: FS: Saddlesack XS Olive

2019-03-20 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Roberta, you’re a genius. Ethan has this on his #littlesilverclem, and I’m 
going to put the clamshell there next time we buy one!

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Re: [RBW] Re: Anyone have Rivendell Reader #23?

2019-03-18 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Sorry, guys, I’ve been worthless today! I biked to school and walked the dog 
and cleaned every room in my house and worked out and ran errands and ran 
out of time to help. Glad you got it figured out, and if you need anything 
else, it’s true, Joe’s giant stack of Riv Readers are still in my hot little 
hands. 

Side note: Favorite story in al those many readers: Freddie Hoffman, who 
rode his bike toe the moon and back. Twice. If you haven’t read it, you should. 
Leah Belle Shama Lama Ding Dong

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[RBW] Re: FS: Riv Dealer Enameled Steal Camp Mugs

2019-03-17 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Yep, Alex is right - it’s a “steal” and we should all have one. Mine will 
arrive soon and will keep my RBW Redwing mug company. Thanks for a great 
product!

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[RBW] Two Bicycle Belles in NV—2nd Annual Visit

2019-03-14 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Oh my word, did we have fun. Do you know how refreshing it is to have coffee 
with someone who knows and loves Rivendell? I feel like it’s just me out here 
in NV, so you might imagine how I look forward to Roberta’s visits. Two Bicycle 
Belles (who were dingalings for not taking nearly enough photos by which to 
remember our day) chatted all the way through lunch! We could have gone through 
dinner had I not needed to rush to school and pick up my sons.

I loved hearing about how Roberta’s Joe rides in comparison to my Clem and 
Betty. We discussed our wish lists and future bikes and upcoming bikes events. 
You really can’t know how much a kinship over a shared love means unless you’ve 
had one - and I finally do! I did wish I had better terrain; I kept making 
apologies for the hills and lack of great bike destinations. Next time we 
should road trip to RBW HQ, Roberta.  

The coffee was good and the company sublime! Thank you for a fantastic visit. 

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[RBW] Re: Ethics Question

2019-03-06 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
You wouldn’t dare touch one spike of MY Betty Foy! Retribution would be sure 
and swift if my husband stole my cranks! Ok, I’m laughing, this is pretty funny 
because I do obnoxious stuff to my husband’s Clem all the time. Noticeable 
stuff. Annoying stuff. Embarrassing stuff. See what you can get by with! (If 
your wife has a good sense of humor. That is key here.)

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Re: [RBW] Re: Biking trip in CA?

2019-02-18 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Roberta, how weird - you’re right - thanks for catching that! Google Groups is 
showing only a small bit of what I wrote. If you get the email in your 
response, I guess you see the entirety of what I wrote. Refer to Roberta’s copy 
and paste, everyone. 

Yes, if he gets an e-bike, there will be adventures in store. He’s still 
researching and already having second thoughts. E-bikes are crazy expensive, 
and at that price point, he could have a motorcycle instead. But he can’t ride 
that with the rest of us, so the pull for the e-bike is still present. We’ll 
see! 

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Re: [RBW] Re: Biking trip in CA?

2019-02-14 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!

The trip is scheduled for this weekend and there’s been a major, heart-breaking 
knick in the paint job of my beautiful plan. Is it the strep throat my older 
son got diagnosed with last night? No. It’s much worse than that; in fact, it’s 
so bad, I’m liable to be kicked off this List. And it’s all because I was 
trying to accommodate (read: manipulate) the yahoos.

I have decided we’re going to do that Marvin Braude path (also called The 
Strand). It is flat and 20 miles long, and it goes through several 
beaches/beach towns - what could be better? The problem is that my husband 
would never ride 20 miles, flat land or not. I’m one step ahead of him, so I 
offered him an e-bike, which is a diet-motorcycle (like a motorcycle, but 
without the guilt!), which is the stuff his dreams are made of. There’s a 
rental place near the beginning of The Strand, and for the nominal fee of $24, 
he can have the diet motorcycle for the entire day. Sold. He’s all in. Then he 
notices they have rentals for children. “Hey, L!” he called to my younger son. 
“Do you want an e-bike?! It’s like a motorcycle!” 

Well. I had noticed this too, and had thought it may make sense for my younger 
son. He’s only 10, and he doesn’t have the luxurious Rivendell ride like the 
other 3 of us. But if you get one for one son, you are going to have to offer 
it to the other. And this is the crisis which I am now having. I had imagined 
lovely, beach-front photos with our fleet of Rivendells, lugged and lovely, 
doing exactly what they were created to do, and in their homeland. I had hoped 
that we might run into other folks on Rivendells, maybe even some of you, and 
we could meet in real life and it would be so grand. 

Instead, we may be pictured with one lovely Rivendell among the warts that are 
the e-bikes. I can’t put those pictures on this List! I don’t want them on next 
year’s family calendar! 

So, I am essentially a hostage to the e-bikes. The yahoos will go along with 40 
miles of bike riding if they can do it with a motor. Do I want to have a good 
ride or do I want to have the Rivendell bike experience? YES. So, you see how 
I’m stuck. My older son, the Clem Rider, says we are taking his Clem. He does 
truly love his bike. But I have a feeling when his dad and brother are zipping 
around all effortless with Cheshire cat grins, he will go over to the dark and 
electrified side. 

Why are they like this?!?
Leah 

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[RBW] Want to test ride: 52cm Clem L in NYC Area

2019-02-11 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
The Riv dealer 718 Cyclery is in Brooklyn. You can test ride all the Rivs!

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Re: [RBW] Re: 25th Anniversary Riv

2019-02-10 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Erl,

Adorable - your son and the bike! So good to see the next generation on 
Rivendells. Thanks for jumping in and sharing his bike with us. Love that red 
paint!

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Re: [RBW] Re: 25th Anniversary Riv

2019-02-04 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Does anyone know how long it takes for Grant to design a bike and bring it into 
production? Wondering if we will see it made before 2020? I don’t care; I’ll 
wait!

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Re: [RBW] Re: 25th Anniversary Riv

2019-02-03 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
There are so many diamond frames in the lineup and in RBW history that I'm 
pulling for Grant's mixte anniversary bike. Anniversary is celebrating 
history/longevity and looking forward to the future, adding some romance, and 
to me that screams MIXTE. That's the bike that has carried me from the 
kid-pulling years and hopefully through old age. I am really excited to see 
what creativity Grant would put into this bike. 

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[RBW] 25th Anniversary Riv

2019-02-01 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Me! Me! I want one - it’s going to be a mixte, my favorite! And what if it’s 
sparkly red with cream accents and fancy lugs? That’s my dream bike!

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[RBW] Coffeeneuring on A Stolen Clem

2019-01-31 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
DP,

1. I laughed out loud!
2. They’ve got it, but they won’t wear it.
3. See 2
4. These would look smashing on your wee lassies on their Clementines - 
Kut_Kloth Boutique on Etsy
5. It was nearly 60 degrees here but partly cloudy. The rest of my family live 
in the states in the polar vortex, and I’m not joking. I figured I could handle 
the goose poop and the partly cloudy!

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Re: [RBW] Re: Well done Cheviot marketing

2019-01-26 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Pancake,
You have the BEST friends. That bike looks good on you. We await your photos 
later today. Have a fantastic ride today, and bonus points if we get to see the 
little cherub riding the Cheviot in his/her baby seat. My heart!

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[RBW] Re: Well done Cheviot marketing

2019-01-24 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Tom, TWO YEARS WHAT?!? I call, she has to just slum it on her stolen Sam. That 
Cheviot is *yours*, there’s an unwritten expiration on frames, sure it’s 
written around here somewhere. Get used to a smattering of hearts on your 
frame; you’re getting a Cheviot for Valentine’s Day. 

Alright, I’m in fine form tonight, folks. Anyone else need me to solve their 
bicycle quandaries? 

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[RBW] Well done Cheviot marketing

2019-01-24 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Rivendell and its dealers are really doing a great job promoting the Cheviot 
since the new batch arrived. I’ve seen them being pictured and adored all over 
Instagram lately. The Blaugh and BLUG have been saturated with gorgeous Chev 
photos and commentary, and we even got an email to boot. Even if I wasn’t 
already sweet on the Riv mixtes, I would be a convert after all this positive 
press. Folks have chimed in on how they love their Cheviots and the high praise 
they offer should make the rest of us rush to hit the “add to cart” button. 
It’s been fantastic to see this bike get such rich and rightly-deserved public 
adoration. 

In that vein, if anyone here has ordered a new Cheviot, it would be so 
enjoyable to see your photos, and same goes for the rest of you lucky Chev 
owners from previous batches! I really hope Rivendell SELLS OUT of them, 1. 
Because it’s good for them 2. Because I can stop hand-wringing. 

I can’t wait to see everyone’s photos and commentary - you guys are such fun.
L

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Re: [RBW] Re: Lack of Betty Foys for sale.

2019-01-18 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
 My guess is that a lot of Bettys went to women, and women seem to typically 
have one bike that they use for a long time.  I realize there are exceptions 
and I don’t mean to speak for every woman cycler out there, but that is the 
case with me. I’ve had a 55 cm Betty since late 2012 and I have ridden the 
wheels off it. (No really, proof is on my Instagram. The great wheel and tire 
debacle of 2017 .) Honestly, we’ve been quite a pair, and that bike has done 
everything I’ve asked of it. 

When the Cheviot launched, it was shortly after I bought my bike, and I’ve 
always wished I had the Chev. I love the decals and head badge and cream head 
tube. Plus, it takes a larger tire, yes? Some say the longer chainstays aren’t 
noticeable, but I’ve always wondered. Since seeing it online, I have been 
dreaming about the dark sage Cheviot, and I *think* I could part with my Betty 
- but only for that Cheviot. I’ve come to love my bike so much that it feels 
like an extension of my own body, and anything else would feel foreign at this 
point. Except another Riv mixte. So, I’m in the process of really evaluating it 
it’s worth it to “upgrade”, working through feelings of selfishness at not 
being content with a perfectly good Rivendell,  wondering how to break it to my 
husband (whose eyes bugged out of his head in 2012 when I bought the Betty), 
and fretting over how to sell a frame, as it’s a first for me. You can probably 
relate!

So, depending on how that goes, there could be one well-loved 55 cm Betty on 
the market in the near future. Maybe.

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[RBW] Re: Cheviut? More like Chevi-awesome. Amiright?

2019-01-17 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Well, I’m excited FOR you. The Cheviot would be just the thing, I think, but 
I’ve got a Betty so no good excuse - I will live vicariously through you folks! 
Such a beautiful, useful bike; it looks romantic and nostalgic but still a 
tough little steed. I hope you ride the wheels off it and report back here. Why 
everyone doesn’t own a Rivendell mixte, I’ll never know. So happy for you.
Leah

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[RBW] Biking trip in CA?

2019-01-15 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
I did not realize this would be a long weekend. After it dawned on us that 
there is no school Monday, we are considering packing up and driving to CA for 
a mini-vacation. I would love it to be a bike trip, but I love biking more than 
anyone else in my family, and you know how that goes - you gotta consider the 
other yahoos you live with. Does anyone have any suggestions for dazzling 
places to bike in southern or central CA? Heck, maybe even northern Cal.

Wish List:
1. Protected bike path so we all come home alive.
2. Along a water source (living in the desert, if we can ride by/to/along a 
lake or river or ocean, we’re in raptures!)
3. Not too hilly (because the yahoos will protest and want to quit early)

I realize this is a rather dreamy (unrealistic?) wish list but if such paradise 
existed, someone on this Calfiornia-heavy List would definitely know. 

Thanks!
Leah

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[RBW] Re: Silver Legolas on the blug

2019-01-10 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Philip, no, if memory serves, they can’t make more Legolas decals because 
Tolkien’s people cried copyright infringement. Somebody on here knows for 
sure...

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Re: [RBW] Re: Perplexities regarding flat tires

2019-01-05 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Wow, Steve and Bill, bone-chilling tales. Alright, who else has had front 
flats/blowouts while riding? Am I allowed to change the direction of a thread 
like this? I suppose we’ll find out if a moderator steps in. I think these 
stories are useful - I didn’t know you aren’t supposed to brake in a blowout - 
as well as fascinating.

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[RBW] Re: Perplexities regarding flat tires

2019-01-05 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Thanks, all. I still can’t understand how it happened - the kids would never 
touch it (they don’t care about anything other than the bike actually WORKING) 
and I didn’t leave it out of sight where someone else could mess with it. I 
don’t remember the last time I filled it, but the back tire wasn’t flat, just 
needed to be topped off. The valves are schrader. So weird. Bill, I have never 
had a front blowout but I dread spinal cord injuries and get the willies just 
imagining. You’ve ridden more miles than most of us, I’d guess. Curious, have 
you ever suffered a front flat? 

Kia - I’m in Henderson! Did you really move from Henderson to Brooklyn? Talk 
about a major change! Also, I have never heard of the Vegas Valve Vortex, you 
must enlighten me. 

I’ll check out the tires liners, Lester. Thanks so much.

I may just replace the tube to be safe. I love the owner of the bike shop, and 
it’s good to give him the business.

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[RBW] Perplexities regarding flat tires

2019-01-04 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
My mechanical knowlege of bikes is embarrassingly scant. I love my bike. I ride 
it a lot. But I take it to the shop for all its maintenance. I really should do 
better, and if I hear of a local place teaching bike maintenance classes, I 
will try to enroll. But meanwhile, indulge me?

I decided to take my boys for a ride a couple of days ago, and was shocked to 
find the 24 inch Specialized Hotrock had a front flat. Like, completely flat. I 
could see no obvious trauma, so I decided to fill the tire with our air 
compressor and see if it would hold air. It did. I decided it would be safe to 
ride if we went slow down the hill, and it was all well and good. I just 
checked it again today, 2 days later, and the tire remains well inflated. 

However, it bothers me that I don’t know why that tire went flat. And what if 
it does it again WHEN HE’S RIDING IT? What happens to you if your front tire 
suddenly blows? I can’t imagine it wouldn’t be extremely dangerous. The tires 
were replaced in 2017, if that matters.

So, what could cause a tire with no puncture to flat? And would you replace the 
tube just to be on the safe side? Am I overreacting? 
Thanks!
Leah

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[RBW] Re: Another Riv Financial Situation Thread

2019-01-01 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
It’s like a gut punch to think of Rivendell shutting its doors. I am always 
fearful of losing my bike to theft or an accident, but I did take comfort that 
I could replace it with another Rivendell mixte if the worst happened. I 
pictured purchasing my sons bikes to fit them as teens/young adults. There 
isn’t any other company that would do; the bikes, the bags, the Blug, the 
gearI don’t ever want to say goodbye. I’ll go find some things to buy. 
Seems a small price to pay for the existence of RBW.

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[RBW] The 3 Wise(?) Women and the Mountain

2018-12-30 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Ana, you would know about the lights!  Yes, we love to see you on this forum 
too, but we know you aren’t on here much because you are OUT RIDING. An example 
to us all for 2019! Happy New Year, friend.
L

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[RBW] Re: #ClemsForKids

2018-12-30 Thread Bicycle Belle Ding Ding!
Thanks, Ana! Clems do seem to be our jam. I realized a while back that in my 
extended family we have FOUR of them. My husband’s 52 Clem H in French blue, my 
mother in law’s 52 Clementine in aqua, my brother in law’s 59 Clem L in grilver 
and my son’s 45 Clem H in grilver! Wow!

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