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.

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Not much Campy, but still a very nice bike
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Side view
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Front view.
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The little beaded figure (made by our daughter) reminds us to be groovy at all times.
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With the Quickbeam at Glen Canyon, Utah, during the Big Fix cross country fixed gear ride
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At Capitol Reef National Park in Utah.

A few component notes:

  • Moustache bars, stem, rear rack, and seatpost: Nitto  We later changed these out to a pair of Nitto "Noodle" bars. Just could not find a comfortable way to hold on to the moustache bars

  • Crankset: Sugino 40/34

  • Gearing as shown: 14t and 15t cogs on the flip-flop rear hub

  • Hubs: Suzue special edition for Rivendell. Quick-release front and rear Later changed out to wheels built with Velocity Aerohead rims on Phil Wood high flange hubs.  We used 700x28 tires for the Big Fix

  • Saddle: Brooks B17

  • Bags: Rivendell Baggins

  • Pedals: Campagnolo ProFit (Centaur)

  • Brakes: Tektro Oryx

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