of the Rivendell Bicycle Works Owner's Bunch Mailing List
April 2008 - #5
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.
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.
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!
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!
as always, thanks again for contributing to or simply enjoying
Projects and Features
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.
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
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 Cyclofiend.com website - just add "rbwlist"
(without the quotes) to the base url and there ya go! - in other
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.
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.
format will be similar to the QB, Bleriot and Hilsen pages -
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 bikelist.org - http://www.bikelist.org
- 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 - http://groups.google.com/group/bicyclelifestyle
Resources get put onto the RBW-Owners-Bunch pages here:
Most are either mirrored or enhanced here: http://www.cyclofiend.com/rbw
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 ;^) http://www.cyclofiend.com/cc
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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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.
again for your contributions and enjoyment of the list.
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