|June 2005--Sometimes, you just
can't be Campy Only, no matter how hard you try. Our most recent
acquisition--a Rivendell Quickbeam--has only a little Campagnolo (a set
of Centaur ProFit pedals) but it's otherwise ShimaNO-free. What
can we say? This is the Grant Petersen sets them up, and it's a nice mix
of components that work well. (And we did insist on switching out the
butt-ugly ShimaNO cantilevers that usually come with the Quickbeam for a
much more attractive set of Tektros. Brake levers also went from
ShimaNO to DiaCompe.)
We were aiming for a very "old school" look with this bike, which led us to put a pair of moustache bars on (we had them wrapped in natural cork tape, and later added real corks in the ends of the handlebars). The Nitto rack is there for some light touring that we plan to do on this machine (yes, it's a fixed gear, but Rivendell equips them with a double chainring for stop-and-get-off-the-bike shifting to get lower gears).
The bike--especially the frame--reflect Rivendell's penchant for sturdy, well-made lugged steel frames with well-thought-out component choices (well, except for the fact that they don't use Campagnolo on any of their bikes it's well-thought-out). The frame was brazed in Japan by Panasonic. For more info from the source: www.rivbike.com
This bike rides very nicely. Despite the 700x32 tires, it's lively and handles well. In fact, we're planning to ride this machine in the Big Fix across-the-US fundraising ride in 2006.
A few component notes: