Rivendell Bicycle Works: RBW Owners Bunch List Update: 4/17/08:
Rivendell Bicycle Works"State of the List" Message to the RBW Owners Bunch over at Google Groups.

April 17, 2008




State of the Rivendell Bicycle Works Owner's Bunch Mailing List
April 2008 - #5

With spring around the corner (and arguably here in some places north of the equator - the northern hemisphere-centricism still seems to be embedded in my writing), a cyclist's fancy turns to thoughts of... well, let's just assume riding.

Around these parts, we got a couple of hilariously unseasonably warm days last weekend, with temps jutting into the 80's. Just to whimper and whine, I was stuck finishing taxes on one of those days and in class all day on the other. By bike-commute time Monday, the temps were bumping around the low fifties, with a shooting-in-from-Alaska wind that didn't quit for 2 or 3 days.

Still, it felt great to be on the bike, riding to work and knowing that the good weather is coming and the long rides are looming. By the look of the list traffic and subscription increase, it seems that others are feeling the same. We've been averaging more than a new member per day, which is a bit of an increase to the pace. Glad to have all the new folks aboard!

As we welcome newcomers into the group, I think it's important to continue to be gracious stewards. One of the things that sets this list apart is the respect which everyone seems to give others. That's an important part of what makes this list special, and it can be tricky to maintain as the list continues to grow. I think we all made it through the late winter period that seems to shorten tempers in online venues and - crikey! - we made it through tax day (again - US-centricism rears its ugly noggin). Time for ride reports and sunny photos!

And as always, thanks again for contributing to or simply enjoying the discussions.

Projects and Features

The RBW website has had two blog-esque columns: "Rivendell News" and "Peeking Through the Knothole". Both of these recently got enhanced with RSS-feeds, so you can run them through your news reader, or anything that allows you to keep track of new articles.

Explaining RSS is not really something within the confines of this group, and there are a lot of good resources out there if you need help to get this going. If you poke around Google or Yahoo (when logged into those services), you can pretty easily get it wrangled. There's also Bloglines, which is a nice standalone way to view such things as well.


Just after the new year, I noticed that some of the photos of the RBW weekends which occurred prior to 2007 have disappeared off the web. If you have photos (either digital or scannable) from the first two weeknds and would like to share them, feel free to send them my way and I'd be happy to cobble together an archive. If you have them posted, please forward any links.


For those folks who sneak onto the RBW list from a variety of computers - and mind you, I am in no way endorse the use of company resources in such a manner - I've put together a quick little redirect page from the website - just add "rbwlist" (without the quotes) to the base url and there ya go! - in other words:


I have also cobbled together a page for the Bombadil - I'm thoroughly excited about this model and it just seems as though off-road 650B/584/27.5 interest is hitting a critical mass. It would be a helluva thing if that took off for Rivendell. Of course, since the model hasn't shipped yet, one could argue it's a bit premature... But, the photos of prototypes have been keeping me interested, and I'm sure I'll get few pictures from those folks lucky enough to have the first ones.

I'm really _still_ thinking that with the Rambouillet "asleep", it would be appropriate to create a page specific to that model. (I've also got 40-something sets of bikes in the queue for the gallery, which is first, _and_ I promised to finish Forbes's interview... oy!) I dug out my flyers from my archives, so that'll be a part of it. If anyone has some Rambouillet 'artifacts' - let me know.

The format will be similar to the QB, Bleriot and Hilsen pages -


More General Topics (From Previous Issues)

- Broader technical questions and non-Riv stuff are well covered by the iBob list, the 650B list and others hosted by alex wetmore on - - This is also where you can find the pre-March '07 archives to the RBW list. Peter White runs the "Bicycle Lifestyle" google group, which is here -

- Resources get put onto the RBW-Owners-Bunch pages here:
Most are either mirrored or enhanced here:

- The Official RBW Gallery is on Flickr -
Of course, my feelings get hurt if you don't send photos to the Current Classics (or other) Galleries ;^)

- We now have a FAQ! The FAQ has one Q which was A'd enough.

- Posts from new members (or old members changing their email) are moderated. So, it means that if someone joins, their first messages will have to get my (or an acting list admin's) OK before being sent to everyone. If you want to bypass this or speed it up a bit, send me an email so I know you aren't a spammer.

- Posts to the list are by default distributed to everyone. That means if you wish to make a private comment, you need to change the "TO:" information. It's also easy to make that mistake, so please don't jump on folks who do so.

- Bug reports for the Rivendell website should be sent to
You should include the browser, system and specific issue in the email.


Statistics & Housekeeping

List began: March 26, 2007
Members: 589 (Up from 526 on 1/15/08)
Activity: Medium activity (Unchanged)
December 2007 was our highest traffic month so far, with 844 posts.

In addition to email delivery, the list can be viewed via the web at -

If you wish to turn off or restart email delivery, change to digest mode, update your profile or make other changes, simply log in at the page above and make the changes you desire.

Unsubscribing is as easy as an email. But, don't send it to the group or to me - All posts (including this SOTL message) contain a footer with the appropriate address.

The Rivendell Owners Bunch list is "dedicated to the discussion of Rivendell Bicycles and products, you don't need to own one - just an interest in RBW designs is enough to join in. Ride reports encouraged, as is a respectful, supportive and polite tone in all posts. This group is not endorsed by Rivendell Bicycle Works."

As stated, this list is a discussion of things Rivendellian in nature and is not associated with Rivendell Bicycle Works or its employees and staff. If you have specific questions for Rivendell Bicycle Works regarding customer service or other issues, you should contact them directly.

Ending Note

I'd be more than happy to continue the discussion on any of the topics mentioned above, but in the interest of clarity, it might make sense to either email me directly or to create a new topic thread specific to your comment.

Thanks again for your contributions and enjoyment of the list.

Your list admin,

-- Jim

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