Jim. Here is my Rivendell Quickbeam for submission to your single-speed
gallery. Glad to finally be a part of the Cyclofiend collection
bike has an interesting history. It originally was Rich Lesnik's.
As you know, Rich builds wheels for Rivendell and has his own business
called Hands on Wheels.
He had converted the bike to the 650B wheel-size by having the canti
posts removed and outfitting it with extra-long-reach center-pull
brakes. He also had it repainted by Rick, the local painter for
Rivendell. Rich wasn't using the bike much and sold me the frame,
fork, and wheel set. I recently built it up in the configuration
shown here. I plan to make it my daily rider, as I bike to work
five days a week, as well as do a lot of running around town by
bike. However, I hope to start using it as my weekend distance bike,
trail bike, and at some point, my single-speed camping bike. In
other words, I have great plans for this one!
are the build details:
- Rivendell Quickbeam frame/fork, 54cm, custom color (I'm not sure
of the year: 2005? 2006?)
- Tange Levin headset
- 80mm Nitto Dynamic stem, 26.0mm
- Nitto Moustache handlebars, 25.4mm, shimmed
- Newbaum cloth bar tape, baby blue
- Japanese silver strike bell from Jitensha Studio
- Dia Compe inverse brake levers
- Dia Compe single-pivot centerpull brakes, similar to, if not exactly
the same, as the Mod 750s.
- Dia Compe straddle cable hangers
- Generic aluminum barrel adjusters from Rivendell
- Kool Stop brake pads
- Jagwire Switch brake cables and housing, titanium
- Nifty Swifty tires, 584 x 32 mm
- Velocity Synergy (650B) rims
- Phil Wood front hub with Shimano QR skewer
- Rivendell-special Suzue free/free rear hub with Suzue QR skewer
- White Industries INO double freewheel, 16/19-teeth
- Rockwerks 16-tooth fixed cog and FSA right-threaded bottom bracket
lockring (not installed yet)
- Velo Orange Grand Cru bottom bracket, 103mm spindle
- Origin8 41-tooth chainring, 130bcd
- Sugino RD2 crank arms, 165mm
- MKS Sylan Lite pedals
- MKS toe clips
- Ale toe straps, off-white
- Kalloy Laprade seatpost
- Velo Orange Model 6 saddle
- I'll probably switch tires to either Col de la Vies or Hetres,
- I'll pick up some SKS fenders before the wet-weather commute season.
- Lights, lights, lights. I'll probably get another B&M Cyo front
light to pair with a 650B wheel outfitted with a Shimano generator
hub that I already own. I may try to mount the light via the front
- I have a Carradice Pendle and a Bagman Sport Quick Release support
that I may use with this bike.
- Right now I have the bike geared at 41x16 (66 gear inches) and
41x19 (56 gear inches). I may switch to a larger chainring if I
find myself getting stronger (ha!).
- Currently resisting the notion of twine and shellac, but I've
lost that fight many a time.
- Finally, I may switch to road brake levers and the traditional
Moustache bar brake-placement if I find myself riding in the "hooks"
most of the time.
San Francisco, CA