are some early shots of my 61cm Bleriot, pre-fenders. Standard Rivendell
build with the exception of the Paul Thumbies w/ Silver shifters,
a set-up that's similar to the old XO-3 configuration, which I rode
for years. To make this work with the longer Silver levers it's
necessary to move the Thumbies about 1.5" up-bar from the brake
lever mounts to prevent interference with the grip hand position,
still leaving a second position on the bends.
tires are interesting. They're Riv Nifty Swifties and they have
the same basic tread as the Ruffy-Rolly 700c tires, but these have
a true Rainbow Speedblend pattern on only one side with a tan sidewall
on the other. I suspect when they're rolling both sides look brown,
but my color theory is not good and I haven't actually seen them
in motion. In any event, they add interest, they're durable, comfortable,
and fast enough for my commute. I like 'em.
Paul Flatbead, while very well designed and better built, took some
finagling. The headtube is long enough on this frame size that I
couldn't use the supplied aluminum bracket attachment and had to
substitute a rubberized fender mounting bracket. Even then it was
a stretch to make the bracket reach the rack frame, even in the
last hole. I can imagine a myriad of ways to extend the bracket,
however, so for those of you with larger frames still, expect to
employ a little creativity, but no more so than many of the fender
mounting schemes I've seen out there.
last thing - the bike was built by the team at Rivendell and they
really did a great job. It was packed with remarkable care and the
set-up was ridiculously simple. Adjustments were spot on, and the
quality and care of their work was evident at every point. It hadn't
occurred to me that they'd tape the bars and apply twine with as
much care as I would, but I guess that's how they do things. Thanks
and appreciation to Rivendell for both the design and the build.