58 cm Rivendell A. Homer Hilsen (Toyo Japan)
Nitto technomic stem
Nitto Noodle handlebars 48 cm
Silver Down tube shifters
Selle Anatomica Titanico X saddle with copper rivets
Crane Creek bell in copper
Leather bar wraps from Walnut Studios,in a Harlequin/diamond wrap
Velo Orange Campagne bag (front) and croissant bag (rear)
Velo Orange decaleur
Nitto (Mark's) mini rack
Silver Brakes dual pivot caliper
Velocity Synergy 650b Wheels 36 spoke (built by Longleaf Bicycles)
Grand Bois Lierre tires "38 mm"
Sugino triple Crank
Deore XT front derailleur
Deore rear derailleur
Nitto 83 seat post
Connex wipperman chain
Deore LX hub 135 mm
Shimano m770 cassette 11-34
Velo Orange silver braided cable housing
Inox stainless steel bottle cases
Greenfield Kickstand leather wrapped and shellacked.
SKS P45 fenders
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Looking at a list of bike parts reminds me of looking at the ingredients of a recipe. It tells you some things, but not everything, maybe not even the most important things. How well will they go together? Will it satisfy the appetite?
Before this, I never bought a bike without test riding it. I can never tell from geometry numbers on a page whether a bike will feel right. This time, after a long look and lots of questions to Rivendell owners, I swallowed the kool aid and took a blind leap with faith.
Each item on the list represents a choice. I've been looking at the A. Homer Hilsen frame for a long time. I saved for it by bike commuting and putting the savings into an account. It seemed a good way to do it. I almost went with a Rando specific Frame built by a custom builder. But, in the end, after I found myself googling Hilsen images in my spare time, I went with it. Will it feel right? We'll see.
The biggest commitment was opting for 650b wheels. They are niche wheels - a size in between 26" wheels and 700C wheels. They have the fewest options for rims and tires, But for wide tires, 38 - 42mm , they are supposed to offer a best ride. We'll see.
Down tube shifters. 1900's technology in a 21st century world. But from riding a fixie, I learned that frequent shifting is overrated and with down tube shifters the look is so clean and classic. As for how it works out, we'll see.
I know that long distance riding magnifies small problems with a bike. Things that can be overlooked or ignored for a few hours can become show stoppers after a day or riding.
I wonder how this will turn out.