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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2009 edited
     
    Post photos and comments about Bridgestone XO-1 and Rivendell style bikes. these bikes don't necessarily need to be Bridgestone's or Rivendell's but bikes done in that style.



    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    OK, here're my Riv/bobish bikes. All get a lot of miles. Fun bikes to build up - more fun to ride.

    Mark Nobilette frame built as a 62cm custom prototype ("Protovelo") for Rivendell. 650B, cantis, friction shifting, Phil freewheel hub.
    Nobilette

    59cm Rivendell Romulus, standard 105 build; Honjos, etc.
    Romulus

    62 Rivendell Quickbeam - max upper size limit for me! Rides great, though. Photo's not in SD! My in-laws are in SF, so I'm up there a lot.
    Quickbeam
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      CommentAuthorzen@zero
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    Beautiful bikes man!
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    im sure glad you made your way over here. i was thinking about you and one other person when i made this thread. im a huge Mark Nobilette fan. sweet bikes for sure. great builds too. you did it right!
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    I love your bikes Esteban!
    Don't think I've seen the Rivendell in person. I love that color.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    uh oh, Toms going to start saving his money for a RIvendell now.
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2009
     
    I've got all kinds of projects in my head.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2009 edited
     
    Thanks guys. Its funny how I fell into it - I was in Oakland and got into a conversation with a guy on a fixie about his seat bag. He told me all about Rivendell (I knew about Bridgestone, but didn't follow Grant Peterson's career). Their stuff is pretty thoughtful, especially about quality of production. I'll have to bring the blue one by the shop. Hope to see more practical retro bikes in here. Tom - everything starts with an idea - even bankruptcy! Seriously - lots of used stuff comes up.

    Endorphin - I've seen your bikes online before - just awesome. Hope to run into you around town soon.
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2009
     
    today is a good day for fenders:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorEndorphin
    • CommentTimeJan 28th 2009
     
    This thread has me looking to get another bike built. This time im thinking of going with a local frame builder and doing up something truly custom and with all the features that i want. Im stoked SD has a shop that carry's stuff for these bikes. Thanks VC!
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      CommentAuthorthreeflys
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st 2009
     
    Hello all,
    I seem to have aquired a fetish for all things Grant Peterson....;) I ran across the Rivendell site last fall when looking for a steel bike and really liked what I saw! As I was a little tight on funds, I decided to go with the Bleriot 650b bike...I really love it! Now, I've been lusting after a Rambouillet and a Legolas cross frame. One day, I'd really love to find one of the orange XO-1s...I really like orange bikes!
    Chris
    Anyway, here is my Riv
    • CommentAuthorEndorphin
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009
     
    I am thinking of getting a locally made custom frame. I mean for the price of a Rivendell you can get one custom made. Perhaps i will check them out at the local builders at the SD custom frame show. Has anyone used the local frame builders?
    • CommentAuthorsurlygurl
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009
     
    Nice bikes Protorio, especially the Nobilette . I'm trying to get my Surly to look like that. I'm giving up on the fenders for now, but once I remove the hideous logo stickers it'll be close. What type of bar tape did you use? I want to go with leather and was thinking of this: http://www.velo-orange.com/elsecibigr.html
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009 edited
     
    you know, Velo Cult is a Velo Orange dealer. we'll be stocking most of this stuff very soon. we already have the sewn-on drop bar leather from another company that we just got last week.

    that Nobilette has the cotton tape with hemp twine, finished with amber shellac treatment. that's the longest lasting grip or tape option out there. the other option is cork grips with shellac. we've even done a carved out the center of the cork before and done a hemp twine center to add some more effect and holding power.
    • CommentAuthorsurlygurl
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009
     
    Cool! I like their stuff and how they really listen to customer's input. Seems like a good match for your shop.
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      CommentAuthorthreeflys
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009
     
    Endorphin-
    Just make sure you know the history of the builder and what kind of work they do....maybe even how many frames they've built. I'm in the same boat as when I buy my next bike...I'm really drawn by some of the lower prices of some of the lessor known builders, however there must be a reason why they are lessor known...\
    Good Luck!
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009
     
    you will be able to meet all of them at the show coming up. i will begin advertising it real soon. one of the reason's there are lesser known frame builders is the big North American Frame Show keeps them out. yeah, thats right. there's a lot of politics with that show and believe me there's a reason frame builders HATE it. thats the reason for the San Diego Frame Building Show. you will get to meet most of the frame builders from California, Nevada, Arizona and Oregon. oh, and even some from Italy! it's going to be a far bigger show and designed to be the Ultimate custom frame building show. it's in April in case you didn't already know. again, the actual show flyers will go up real soon.
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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009
     
    Velo Cult:you know, Velo Cult is a Velo Orange dealer. we'll be stocking most of this stuff very soon.


    Awesome! I love their stuff. What will you carry?
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009
     
    a lot of their products are a little on the cheesy side so not their entire line. maybe some of the racks, bottle cages, leather grips, and fenders. do they have anything you would want in the store?
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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009 edited
     
    Just to clarify, will you carry the parts only labeled VO or will you also carry the other lesser known stuff (tange, grand cru, etc... )? However, I agree with you and what you are carrying is definitely the good stuff!

    I really like the Ostrich bags/panniers (I would like their smaller sized saddled bag but they don't carry it), their knock off brooks swallow saddle, cranksets are cool (I suppose most of those are sugino but you really can't find them), and handlebars (most of which are nitto but the VO stuff is cool). Any thoughts on their frames?
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2009
     
    i can get only items from them labled VO as far as i know.

    we probably will not carry the Osterich bags although there is a local making bags here soon that will be real nice quality. we already carry the Basil brand which they also stock.

    as for Brooks, Nitto, Tange, Honjo, and others like that we already carry.

    i'll have to ask them about the frames. i assume i can stock those.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th 2009 edited
     
    so, we just became Schmidt dynamo hub dealers. These are the best dynamo hubs in the world, made in Germany. for now we'll keep this on a order only basis since they are quite expensive. worth every penny though. i'll be getting a light and so will Anthony at the shop. anyone else interested? just whisper me.


    Schmidt lighting systems
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2009
     
    I've coveted a Schmidt for a while. I'll have to save up, but I'd love to build up a 650B wheel around one.
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      CommentAuthorsvelocity
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2009
     
    Velo Cult:so, we just became Schmidt dynamo hub dealers. These are the best dynamo hubs in the world, made in Germany. for now we'll keep this on a order only basis since they are quite expensive. worth every penny though. i'll be getting a light and so will Anthony at the shop. anyone else interested? just whisper me.


    You the man! You keep coming up with my favorite bike parts! If only I had the dollars...*sigh*
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th 2009
     
    i don't have the money either but doing everything i can to afford one. i holding off on ordering for a week or two until i have some space cash.
    • CommentAuthorEndorphin
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd 2009
     
    I'm hoping to have a custom built bike soon and whoa boy would a Schmidt hub/light be sweet!
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009 edited
     
    I got together for the second time with a group of So Cal Bobish riders. This time in Redlands. Lots of mixed terrain riding on road bikes - one guy rode the whole thing on 23mm tires - including some pretty gnarly singletrack and rocky stuff. Read more about the group and the March ride from Oceanside to Dana Point and back here:

    http://flickr.com/groups/1007917@N22/

    Here's a couple of pics from the day:

    Riv Ride
    Riv Ride II
    Riv Ride III
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009
     
    oh man! i want to do that. my BOBish bike isn't built yet though. would they scoff at a CX bike?

    you should invite them over here. i had no idea anything like that was happening here in SD.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th 2009
     
    There was a Salsa, a Bianchi Cross/commuter, and a Hilsen set up with cross tires on this ride. Its very welcoming for all kinds of bikes. I'm pretty sure I can't make the March ride, but it sounds fun - especially if Camp Pendelton is open all the way through. The Flickr group is where much of the planning is done, and the conversation usually rears its head on iBob and the RBW Owners Bunch group on google. There ended up being a bunch of sustainability folks on the Redlands ride - a green architect, community activists, biodiesel advocates, etc. We were joined by a couple of dads and their 10 year old daughters on mountain bike tandems. They were awesome - check out the photos on Flickr. This should be a regular monthly thing - its all about riding for fun.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th 2009
     
    there has been a lot of talk about Velo Orange lately so i went ahead and placed an order. they were out of some of the racks and all of the Ostrich bags but i got a good amount of stuff. it should all be here next week.

    BA-0002 VO Crossaint Saddle Bag
    FE-0014 VO Fenders 48mm Fluted
    FE-0015 VO Fenders 45mm Smooth Ano, Pre-Drilled
    FE-0020 VO Fenders 45mm Stainless, Pre-drilled
    FE-0012-BRN VO Leather Mud Flap - Black
    FE-0012-BLK VO Leather Mud Flap - Brown (Espresso)
    FE-0016 VO Fender R-Clip w/Bolt and Washer
    HB-0001 VO Left Bank City Handlebar
    RA-0005 VO Constructeur Front Rack, Chrome
    RA-0007 VO Randonnuer Front Rack, Chrome
    SA-0004-BRN VO VS-6 Leather Racing Saddle - Brown (Espresso)
    SA-0006 VO Mod. 8 Sprung Leather Saddle, Brown
    BT-0003 VO Grand Cru Cage Type I, no Hook
    BT-0004 VO Grand Cru Cage Type II, WITH Hook
    BT-0001 VO Moderniste Water Bottle Cage
    BT-0002 VO Handlebar Cage Bracket
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      CommentAuthorthreeflys
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2009
     
    Velo Cult:oh man! i want to do that. my BOBish bike isn't built yet though. would they scoff at a CX bike?

    you should invite them over here. i had no idea anything like that was happening here in SD.


    Sky,
    I was on my Salsa Las Cruces cross, no worries! We're not picky, you can bring your fixed gear if you want! ;)
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2009
     
    ha, i don't even have a fixed gear. i do have a nice Bontrager CX though.
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      CommentAuthorWilliam
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th 2009
     
    <blockquote><cite> Velo Cult:</cite>ha, i don't even have a fixed gear. i do have a nice Bontrager CX though.</blockquote>

    Fixed gears are over rated. In fact, they are horrible. Just ask me about mine when climbing or max out spinning down hill or trying to corner with tooo long cranks or trying to "stand" to see around the corner, or adjust chain tension.. in fact nothing about them makes sense. Probably why I love to ride mine.. :)
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2009
     
    personally i like them as a fun soulful type of bike once in a while. they are totally fun for cruising around town once you learn how to ride them. i would and could never have a fixed gear as my only bike. i will own one again someday soon.
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      CommentAuthoril Pirati
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th 2009
     
    I really miss my fixed gear commuter, except when I'm commuting. I'm very glad I have a freewheel now. I feel dumb for thinking it was cool to spin 160 rpm while going down hills. But I totally miss it for CM and short errands, and going to bars and what not.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2009
     
    Hey - I met Carl yesterday - hey if you're out there.

    Interesting discussion - I'm going to put a 15t fixed cog on the Quickbeam sometime soon. I love riding fixed some times, but not all of the time - not most of the time, actually. Any of you heard about the Wheels North ride this summer from Marin to Washington? My second kid is due in July, so I can't do this, but if you can, this would be an awesome ride. Eric of Campy Only (and active on iBob and RBW Owners Bunch), I believe, is the organizer - check it out:

    http://wheelsnorth.campyonly.com/

    Also, some of the Riv riders from the flickr group have discussed coming down for the SD Custom show - I'll post here if there's anything planned.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd 2009
     
    yeah, Melodee mentioned you were talking to Carl for a bit yesterday.

    Wheelsnorth is in July. i sure hope i can ride by then. i may go.

    push those Flickr guys to come out to the show. we'll do some sort of party for all the out of towners at the show in the shop. there will also be the Joe Bell party at his shop as well.
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeMar 5th 2009
     
    we got our Velo Orange order in today!
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2009
     
    Folks should go check out the Velo Orange stuff in person at the shop - lots of cool and really useful things.

    Also - the Riv Ride is Sunday, 10am, Oceanside Transit Center. The plan is to ride to Dana Point and back. Great group of people. Jim Thill of Hiawatha Cyclery in Minneapolis will be visiting.

    Lots of scheduling conflicts...but another option for folks with a Bobish interest.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeMar 16th 2009
     
    Sunday's So Cal Riv Ride featured a visit from Jim Thill, owner of Hiawatha Cyclery in Minneapolis. We rode from Oceanside to Dana Point, stopping for beer and pizza at Sonny's in San Clemente. Very nice day with an early chaparral bloom on the Marine base.

    Bobish folks - I want to plan a casual ride (folks may have kids with 'em) for the SD Custom Show - post here if you have ideas or are interested. Where can we find out about events planned around town for the show?

    Pendelton Ride

    Photobucket
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeMar 16th 2009
     
    cool. how many people did you have on the ride?
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeMar 16th 2009
     
    Whats that frame in the last photo with the S&S couplers?
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeMar 16th 2009
     
    We had 8, including a little one on a Burly trail-a-bike who joined us for part of the ride. Lots of scheduling conflicts with some regulars. That's an Atlantis - all stealthed out as a travel bike. Cool set-up. I like the frankenshifters.
    -esteban
    • CommentAuthorSam
    • CommentTimeMar 16th 2009
     
    The ride sounds like it was a lot of fun. Glad the weather was wonderful for the ride.
    • CommentAuthorDustin
    • CommentTimeApr 6th 2009
     
    I'm a little late to the party, but here's a pic of my GreenMachine. I recently decided to "upgrade" it to 7-speed friction shifting after Campy decided to pay homage to Nigel Tufnel. It's a really fun do-everything road bike, and doesn't do too poorly in the dirt if you stick chubby tires on it.

    Kirk
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      CommentAuthorVelo Cult
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2009
     
    love it!
    • CommentAuthorTom@VC
    • CommentTimeApr 7th 2009
     
    THat is a beautiful bicycle:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2009
     
    Dustin's bike is indeed lovely. We did a little ride down the bay and up Silver Strand on Sunday morning:

    Photobucket

    Photobucket
    • CommentAuthorsurlygurl
    • CommentTimeApr 8th 2009
     
    Beautiful bikes! How is that Acorn bag working out? Can't decide if I want the "boxy rando bag" or the handlebar bag.
    • CommentAuthorProtorio
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2009 edited
     
    A So Cal Riv & Friends Ride occurred yesterday in very warm weather. Usually rigorous friendly rides, with plans made on Flickr.

    Ride report is here:

    Cyclotourist's Report