here's my description:
is my sort-of-stock Romulus. It serves entirely as a pleasure riding
bike, as don't dare lock it up. It handles better that any other
bike I've ridden, and looks great too!
the component breakdown:
55cm Rivendell Romulus frameset
Nitto Noodle bar 41cm Cane Creek SCR break levers
105 hubset/Araya rims (stock wheelset) 28mm Ruffy Tuffy tires
Silver downtube friction shifters 105 front and rear derailleurs
SKS fenders Sugino 110/74 triple crank 24/34/48'
Shimano 105 9 speed cassette 12-15
Shimano SPD-SL 105 pedals
Specialized BG Avatar saddle
Cheapo Nashbar seatpost (only affordable one without setback)
is my bike for my weekly long road rides, centuries, and fast rides
with friends who are faster than me. I rode it on Aidslifecycle
last year (2005) and it was perfect. I keep the fenders on year
round. It keeps my chain and headset a lot cleaner and I don't hesitate
to ride through little puddles. I like components which make the
bike feel more like an extension of my body. The Silver friction
shifters, cloth bar tape, and SPD-SL pedals fall into that category.
I recently converted to friction shifting and the like extra feeling
of connectedness it provides. Downtube shifters look great and keep
things clean up front. I plan on riding this bike for years to come.