We've been selling the Rivendell Sam Hillborne frames and bikes all Summer, and, truth be told, it has been one of the bright spots during a year when it was difficult to sell ANY bike. Anyway, we just have one left, a 56 cm in green, which has been sitting on our sales floor for test rides and such for awhile.
I realized that I'd only really ridden the Sam H around the block, to test the shifting, braking, etc. I never actually took one for a ride. Today, I took a quick 7-mile spin to do some errands and ride around Lake Nokomis.
I rode gently around the bicycle path, I stormed up a couple hills like a maniac, I rode off the pavement into the grass and sand, I rode no-handed, and tried to do quick evasive maneuvers around imaginary obstacles. I am well-acquainted with Rivendell handling characteristics, having logged many thousands of miles on my Atlantis and a Romulus, but, despite any "retro-grouch" appearances, innovation is alive and well at Rivendell HQ, and I think this bike is an improvement over those earlier designs (hard to believe, but true). Though I made no fitting adjustments - the saddle was an inch low and the bars an inch high for my tastes - this is a wonderful, comfortable, stable, smooth, and attractive bicycle, and I'm now entertaining thoughts of getting one for myself.
I also dig the gold-flecked green color, which, in the name of progress, has been phased out.
As this has been a showroom demo, and test ridden a few times, I am willing to sell this complete bike (minus saddle and pedals) with decent-to-great parts, handbuilt Thill wheels, etc, for $1750 (SOLD!). If you want the Berthoud "cork" saddle and MKS pedals, add $200. Call, email, or stop by, for details.