of the Rivendell Bicycle Works Owner's Bunch Mailing List
November 2008 - #7
might have mixed feelings this time of year. It mostly would have
to do with the geographic spread of this diverse set of individuals
who have chosen to share in this conversation on the list.
I feel bad writing about local rides when some folks are hunkering
down for winter. Being in the SF Bay Area, we are blessed with
varied topography and reasonably mild conditions. Hopefully no
one will mistake an exuberant mid-December ride report by someone
in warmer climes as some sort of "nyah-nyah!" comment.
honestly, among this list I doubt that will be an issue. It's
been a pleasure to watch this group grow (pushing 800 now!) and
yet still maintain the civility and respect which we need to continue
honestly, I really am envious of all's y'all's basements. It'd
sure make winter projects easier. California is all about carports
and single level homes... But, I digress.
really enjoy the fact that we've achieved a decent momentum. New
topics crop up and newer members contribute in greater numbers.
All vital to keep a group vital and interesting. Keep it up! It
is important as we grow to honor the relatively narrow scope of
this list. As I've said before, letting discussions end as they
creep toward more general topics, not having to have the last
comment (or needing to "win" the argument) and, above all, maintaining
the respect for one another within the group is what makes this
as always, thanks again for contributing to or simply enjoying
Projects and Features
too much new on this front right now - I was hoping to get across
the bay to snap some pix of the new models, but time and commitments
have not allowed so far. Nevertheless, a couple things:
List Innards -
are a few things which I've thought about a bit, and tried to
be more consistent about over the last couple months.
Posts from New Members are still moderated, as before. But, if
someone's first post is a "For Sale" listing, I've been waiting
until they begin contributing to the list before changing them
I try to pass moderated posts through the same day. I'll usually
check once a day from work as well as when I'm home.
People who contribute and respect the other members of this community
probably get a little more leeway if they post "For Sale" listings
that are a bit less-rivendellish.
other words, if your first post to the list is about a non-Rivendell
company, or something that has nothing to do with the the stated
list purpose, it won't make it through the mesh.
Quick Note About Topics -
We've had some epic threads recently that read a little bit like
"War & Peace". If there is an aspect of a post that you want to
discuss further, it is best to start a new topic (_not_ just give
your post a new Subject line). Keeping on topic also makes it
easier for finding information in the archives. It's also a good
point at which to ask, "is this _really_ an RBW topic...?"
Model Pages on Cyclofiend.com -
As you know,
there are pages for the following models:
Atlantis - http://www.cyclofiend.com/rbw/atlantis
Bleriot - http://www.cyclofiend.com/rbw/bleriot
Bombadil - http://www.cyclofiend.com/rbw/bombadil
Hilsen - http://www.cyclofiend.com/rbw/hilsen
Quickbeam - http://www.cyclofiend.com/rbw/quickbeam
Rambouillet - http://www.cyclofiend.com/rbw/rambouillet
Romulus & Redwood - http://www.cyclofiend.com/rbw/romulus
have pulled together flyers, tidbits and scans, as well as aggregated
all the Gallery listings for those models.
over at RBW had found a "draft" copy of the never-published Redwood
flyer, which now has a page in the Romulus/Redwood section:
Request for materials -
The only thing I thought I had but can't seem to find is a flyer
specific to the Redwood - It may have been a Reader or Catalog
thing, but if anyone has a separate Redwood (or Romulus...or even
any other model listed above) flyer that doesn't appear, please
contact me - a scan would be appreciated, or you can mail it and
I'll return it to you.
do have flyers for Rivendell (custom) Frames and the color "poster-type"
insert which was included with that. Another project in the queue...
in the "to-do" stage is a Saluki page, but I've only seen (and
currently have) a pdf of that flyer. Did anyone ever see a Glorius/Wilbury
flyer, other than the Reader annoucements?
if anyone has early bicycle-only flyers from the Pre-RR#24 days,
please contact me.
usually announce RBW page updates to the list, and put them here
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
Our FAQ continues to exist! 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: 789 (Up from 731 on 9/5/08)
Activity: Medium activity (Unchanged)
Last month - August 2008 - was our highest traffic month so far,
with 979 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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