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    Default I blame Grant Petersen and Dbrk for this:

    I've been drinking the Rivendell kool-aid for awhile.

    At some point Douglas wrote a nice piece about resolved and resourceful bikes.

    I decided I 'needed' one of each. Here's the Custom Rivendell that I picked up yesterday.
    This bike meets the 'resourceful' cirteria.

    I told Grant I wanted something akin to my Romulus that would take Jack Brown tires.
    The bike is like the Romulus but livelier and even better on rough roads.
    The bike is great for all day rides.
    It will take mudguards and small racks for credit card and supported tours.

    Mark Nobilette built the frame. the Joe Bell paint is perfect. I'm calling the paint
    'orange sunshine' as an homage to the summer of 1967.
    There were rumors that this paint would glow in the dark, I just checked.
    The rumors are unfounded.

    One of these days a Tournesol will be headed my way to fill the 'resolved' billet

    -JimD
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    Default Oh my.

    How long was the wait?

    :cheers:
    "In the old days when people invented a new function they had something useful in mind."

    ~Henri Poincare

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    looks great.
    you owe it a long, long ride.
     

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    Very nice. Classic.
     

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    I'd say you have succeeded on both billets with that bike, resourceful and resolved. It looks just plain outstanding - well thought out and impeccably constructed.
     

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    Koolaide? You crack me up. That's a well thought out bike and the fork is making me crazy...in a good way. If you'd post some pics and stories about your adventures it would pretty wonderful to hear.

    Now go get that thaing dirty!!!

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    Stunning. More photos, please!
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    The stays look a little shorter than what Grant's spec bikes usually are these days. I like 'em a bit shorter. That probably accounts for the "livelier and even better on rough roads" that you talk about. I find that, within reason, shorter stays get the weight back far enough to let the front end float more on rough surfaces. I love my Rambouillet but the front wheel tends to smack pretty hard in the rough stuff, but on my bikes with shorter stays (Poprad, a couple of customs with stays more like 42 instead of 44 cm) the front feels a little lighter in the rough stuff.

    As for the build and paint, perfection! Nothing like an orange bike and something about an orange Riv has always seemed perfect to me. Right up there with a Molteni Merckx. You'll never see the cream detailing on the fork by the dropouts, but its always nice to know they're down there.

    -Ray
     

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    If we take into consideration the Jack Brown tires, I doubt those stays are any much shorter than on other Rivendells just 'cause you need the tire clearance. But with those tires you're going to get a smoothie for a ride, go as fast as you can pedal. I agree with Ray that they look shorter but perhaps that's more a feature of the nice proportions, balanced build choices. This is as resolved as resourceful gets. (Jim, your Tsol wheels are in the works, likely to ship in a week or two.)

    Congrats. Pass the Kool-Aid.
    Qui plume a, guerre a. Ce monde est un vaste temple dédié à la discorde.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbrk View Post
    If we take into consideration the Jack Brown tires, I doubt those stays are any much shorter than on other Rivendells just 'cause you need the tire clearance. But with those tires you're going to get a smoothie for a ride, go as fast as you can pedal. I agree with Ray that they look shorter but perhaps that's more a feature of the nice proportions, balanced build choices.
    Good point, as usual. Although I've had 35s on my Rambouillet and there was a bigger gap between tire and downtube than it looks like on Jim's bike. Then again, maybe Grant spec'd it with a 69 or 70 degree seat tube angle - I wouldn't put it past him! :)
     

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    wonderful pictures and great looking bike. YES DBRK is a good influence!!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbrk View Post
    Congrats. Pass the Kool-Aid.
    Amen. That's mighty tasty!
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by zank View Post
    Stunning. More photos, please!
    +1 please

    thanks,
    -gas
     

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    jim,

    your t'sol is coming - i can hear it breathing from here

    racks are at the platers, we have all the parts i think

    cigarette?
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    grant p is responsible for much of this.

    i thk the fork is beautiful...
     

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    that is a "boone & crockett" 12!

    beautiful!

    ronnie
     

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    Default Where is mine

    Everyday when the UPS I am anxious for mine and the one you had at the CAMP!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by hampco View Post
    jim,

    your t'sol is coming - i can hear it breathing from here

    racks are at the platers, we have all the parts i think

    cigarette?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimD View Post
    I've been drinking the Rivendell kool-aid for awhile.

    At some point Douglas wrote a nice piece about resolved and resourceful bikes.

    I decided I 'needed' one of each. Here's the Custom Rivendell that I picked up yesterday.
    This bike meets the 'resourceful' cirteria.

    I told Grant I wanted something akin to my Romulus that would take Jack Brown tires.
    The bike is like the Romulus but livelier and even better on rough roads.
    The bike is great for all day rides.
    It will take mudguards and small racks for credit card and supported tours.

    Mark Nobilette built the frame. the Joe Bell paint is perfect. I'm calling the paint
    'orange sunshine' as an homage to the summer of 1967.
    There were rumors that this paint would glow in the dark, I just checked.
    The rumors are unfounded.

    One of these days a Tournesol will be headed my way to fill the 'resolved' billet

    -JimD
    Well done. Elegant ride.
     

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    As a fellow GP Kool-aid acid tester....wait, wait, that's not what I meant to write. What I mean is, you have a beautiful bicycle! Your color choice looks fun and elegant at the same time. The photos make it look a step lighter and brighter than the original Rambouillet, and it works quite nicely. No fenders? Later? Or not? I also appreciate your tasteful, high quality parts pick. Good work and congrats on your new steed.

    Harth

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    Default Questions? Answers? Specs?

    Ok, i'm getting confused due to the 'lectric kool-aid but here are some answers about the bike.

    Lead time was three years.

    It will wear fenders (Honjos) during the rainy season, which starts real soon now.

    Size is 63 cm, head angle is 73, seat tube angle 72, stays are 44 cm, BB drop 8 cm.

    This is all very close to the Romulus which is:
    Size 61 cm, head angle 73, seat angle 72, stays 44.5, BB drop 7.7 cm.

    I rode the Rom this summer with Jack Browns on the same wheels that are now on the custom. I think the custom has some sort of Rivendell mojo that makes it livelier.
    Anyway, I'm pleased as punch, orange punch.

    Cheers,
    Jim

    Here's the Romulus on this summer's Oregon Bike Ride.
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