Tuesday, June 13, 2006

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!


Anonymous said...

congrats to your new cycling-toy. The passion flows when you start charming and sharing about it. you're a real bicyclist. And since I read your tracking number, i know you can't stand it to wait until it's under your bikeshoes. Have loads of fun trips with it, and joyable journeys around chico and beyond.

bicycleGreez from switzerland

Gino Zahnd said...

Thanks! I suppose the passion does flow when I geek out on the new Rivendell. I don't know if I am a real bicyclist though - perhaps a real bicycling FAN. :-)

And Switzerland's roads will someday meet my Rivendell - that is guaranteed!

Chico Cyclist said...

Those are SWEET!!! Can't wait to see it in person.

Jeff O. said...

I think you need to ride that thing over to the house this weekend while I'm toiling away on my fence. It would be a good test ride and there might be a beer or two available to celebrate your sucessful purchase.

Gino Zahnd said...

Sounds like a great idea. Hopefully my Brooks saddle will show up in time - otherwise I'll have to put some ugly Italian saddle on there! Ha.

KM said...

Thanks for buying from Hiawatha. I am Jim's partner and we appreciate the biness.


Unknown said...

Yeah, Hiawatha is cool. You read his Oil is for sissies blog? Good stuff!

So you got the blue one, I'm partial to the orange one. My friend, Jonathan has one which I covet regularly.

Now I can covet yours!

Gino Zahnd said...

Yeah, the orange is the sweetest, but talk about hard to find at this point!