Friday, August 6, 2010


We are proud to announce that we are now carrying Speedhound bicycle frames and completes. The frames feature an innovative dropout system that allows the use of just about any bicycle drivetrain: road gearing, mountain gearing, internal-gear hub, single speed, fixed gear, belt drive, etc. It's very clever and cool.

The frames are also handmade in Minneapolis, available in a variety of colors, have a very cool headbadge and fork crown, and I can honestly say they build up into some of the nicest riding and handling bikes I have tried. Seriously.



This one is going to be shipped westward real soon, but we will have another ready to ride on the HC sales floor, probably next week.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

price reduced on some really nice lightly-used bikes

First the Rawland (text reprinted from earlier post):

I like these Rawland bikes, a real jack-of-all-trades. This pre-owned example is in excellent, low-mileage condition. Whether you need a commuter, tourer, weekend cruiser, mountain bike, or any other kind of real-world bike, this would be a good choice.
rawland sogn

I think this is a size M. Measurements are:
seat tube c-t: 20"/50 cm
effective top-tube c-c: 22"/56 cm
standover at mid-point of top-tube: 31"/79 cm

The head tube is tall and the steerer tube is long, so getting the bars up high isn't a problem. With a few fit adjustments, this should fit most riders between 5'4" and 5'10".

The parts are mostly Deore/LX level with Tektro brakes and levers and a Sugino XD crank. Wheels were handbuilt by me on the elusive but excellent Rigida Sphinx 650B rim (36h front and back).

Complete bike as pictured $1175 $750. That is so ridiculously cheap, I can't believe it won't sell immediately. But we have moved on to other projects, and need to make some room.

We also have this lightly used 54 cm Rambouillet:
My wife rode it a bit (maybe a few hundred miles) before we had our 2nd and 3rd kids. Now she rides a Long Haul Trucker, which is better suited for pulling trailers and carrying kid seats. So this bike is for sale for $2275-ish depending on what accessories/parts you want on it. Price reduced to $1850, as pictured minus saddle. The current incarnation of Rivendell road bike costs more than that, just for the frameset.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The versatile Sam Hillborne

Of all the unique and interesting bicycles we sell, none has lured more customers into the shop over the past year or so than the Rivendell Sam Hillborne. Most people that have heard about Rivendell want to see the pretty lugs and candy-colored paint in person, but the real beauty of the Hillborne lies in its versatility.

Consider this one, set up as a "road bike" with light wheels and light tires. Keeping with the theme, the crank is a modern compact double.
hillborne roadie
This is a really fun bike; you should come in and ride it.

Going in another direction, we decided to make a Hillborne that emulates the "adventure bike" concept that is currently popular. Who knew that a bike with sidepull brakes could fit a 700x45 knobby tire with room to spare? The Woodchipper handlebar, camo tape, and frame bag really tie the package together.
hillborne all-rounder
 hillborne all-rounder
hillborne all-rounder
hillborne all-rounder