I bought my Atlantis in 2006 to replace a Romulus that was flooded
in Hurricane Katrina. The Romulus was perfect for the smooth roads
and rolling terrain of Diamondhead, Miss., where we used to live.
Now we live in Covington, La., a quaint, historic town across the
lake from New Orleans. I use the Atlantis for hauling home groceries
and library books, checking on the status of the house we're building
and drifting around town, soaking up its Norman Rockwell character
(a young couple rocking on a porch swing; a dad teaching his daughter
to ride her first bike).
Atlantis frame is different from earlier models in that it now has
braze-ons for the front Nitto rack.
ordering the bike, I made the following changes to Rivendell's Standard
Atlantis Parts List:
A plain Technomic stem because I like my handlebars higher than
the Deluxe model allows
Silver Shifter bar-ends (friction only) because they're long, elegant
and easy to use
Aero Shimano brake levers instead of the chubbier Cane Creeks because
of feel and looks
37mm Pacela Tourguard tires vs. the usual 35mm's because I carry
heavy loads over bad roads
MKS RMX pedals with built-in reflectors because they allow me to
wear normal shoes or sandals
Elite, stainless steel water bottle cages instead of Nittos because
I like the way they work
A Schmidt hub dynamo because I've always wanted one. It's quiet,
has low rolling resistance.
Inolit 2+ headlight and Securit Plus taillight which stay lit at
stops. LEDs mean no burnt out bulbs.
include a translucent, green, Mirrycle Jellibell bell; a Wald rear
basket; East German army surplus rain pattern saddlebags; and a
saddle pack originally designed to hold AK-47 ammo clips. The pack's
side pouch, meant to hold a rifle cleaning kit, is perfect for my