of all, thanks for the great site. (I noticed that one of my college
roommates just submitted a bike here - Hi Luis! We must tour someday.)
I'm happy to finally get some photos of my '03 Rambouillet that
I've been enjoying with Jack Brown Greens for about a year now.
I wiped off some dirt before photographing, because I do take this
bike on fire trail climbs quite a bit. The Jack Browns with Tektro
brake levers is a great way to go. It's an amazing bike. Road-fast
(if I'm prepared) and dirt-ready all in a single ride.
drivetrain is standard Shimano indexing: 9-speed Shimano bar-ends
with a Ritchey Logic crank. Friction shifting in front so that I
can take advantage of this great crank and its 46-34-24 rings. I
have 11-34 in the rear, so my 34-34 gear is my usual bail-out gear,
but then on those occasions (~3 times a year) when I take the bike
on overnighters, my loaded bike bailout gears all involve the 24-tooth
granny ring. The bike is so versatile. I'm guessing that there aren't
many bikes (AHH being one) that beat it on that score.
like riding the bike near my home on coastal rides and up near Palo
Alto, CA with my brother. This bike was made to climb on Tunitas
Creek Road! I've also done fun sub-72 hour overnighters in Santa
Barbara/Solvang and San Diego with a friend. I also commute to work
on it using a mid-size saddlebag. I've had the Ram since 2003, and
recently, I added the Shimano A520 pedals, and they are great. Another
recent addition is the old and beautiful Ritchey Logic road stem
from the early 90's. It's an outstanding addition now that I've
decided that I don't need handlebars above the saddle.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA