The Magic Number: 1Z155R780392185xxx
That, my loyal readers, is a UPS tracking number (minus the last three digits).
And you may wonder why on earth a number could be so important to me that I would feel the need to post it to Chico Gino. Well, I will tell you.
It is the tracking number for my newly acquired Rivendell Rambouillet!!!
After much hemming and hawing about owning another bike, and after reading every word on Rivendell's web site (several times), and after test riding a couple of Rivendells, I decided to go for it.
Late last week I was able to track down a 58cm blue Rivendell Rambouillet at the newly opened Hiawatha Cyclery in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Finding a blue frame in my size was difficult. See, I'm not nearly as fond of the new green models. There's something magical, something more fun, more classic, more personable and bonny in that blue paint, for me at least. And it will look so fine with a honey colored Brooks saddle and Honey-shellac'd bars. Blue and gold, a winning pair.
I should mention that if you are doing classic cycling business you should consider Hiawatha. Jim was nothing but helpful, knowledgeable, and quick-to-respond in my dealings with him.
The setup is pretty much the standard Rivenfried component set and gearing for now. They do a good job of selecting components and gearing on their production bikes, and it will certainly be a good starting point.
The question I have now is, do you think it's ok to put high-end carbon pedals on a Rivendell? Ha.
This is what the bike looks like right now, but I believe that nuclear orange tape will have to go. This isn't mine - it's a 54cm with the same build though. Stoked! Friday is the day!