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Rambouillet out for a ride

Rambouillet

This just in... 20 January 2007, my new Rambouillet. This is my first new bike since 1973. I finally got to the head of the queue. Thanks to my wife Lisa for buying it for my birthday and to Elton Pope-Lance at Harris Cyclery for building it up.

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Atlantis by Rivendell & Peter White

Atlantis by Rivendell & Peter White

Lisa picked up the best bike in the family so far on 30 July 2004. It is an Atlantis frame from Rivendell Bicycle Works built up by Peter White in Hillsborough, NH. Peter uses the Atlantis and other Rivendell frames to build up a variety of great bikes. The specs on Lisa's are below.

One thing that I must say, I have never seen such attention to the details of comfort and fit as Peter gave Lisa during her fitting session. His article on fitting was the primary reason that we went there.

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Criterium Rex by Araya

Criterium Rex by Araya

I bought this bike with birthday money and other savings in 1973. At the time, I was doing a lot of short group rides and a couple of 70-100 mile rides each year. I didn't have the budget for a similar Fuji and was able to buy the Araya at a shop in Allentown, PA. I don't remember the name of the shop. It was not The Broken Spoke, which was where I bought much of my biking paraphernalia at the time.

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Dick's Rambouillet by Rivendell & Elton Pope-Lance at Harris Cyclery

This just in... 20 January 2007, my new Rambouillet. This is my first new bike since 1973. I finally got to the head of the queue. Thanks to my wife Lisa for buying it for my birthday and to Elton Pope-Lance at Harris Cyclery for building it up.

The first set of pictures was taken at Harris Cyclery when I was picking up the bike. These show some of the final set up activity. And a picture of the first test ride.

The second set is in front of the garage with the usual set up for taking a short, local day ride. The last couple were out on a ride in Dover, MA.


Rambouillet side view at Harris

Rambouillet side view at Harris

This view of the bike shows off the beautiful color and the orderly clutter of the shop.


Rambouillet front view at Harris

Rambouillet front view at Harris

This gives you a good idea of the headlamp placement, the rack and the head badge. The computer isn't attached yet.


Rambouillet rear view at Harris

Rambouillet rear view at Harris

This sure looks naked without the bag.


Rambouillet, after I put the rear bag on

Rambouillet, after I put the rear bag on

Now we have the bag in there. It looks like it is going to be up against my legs.


Carradice bag close up

Carradice bag close up

The bag has a nice reflector, but it could really use a blinky too. Thee is a small loop on the bag that will be perfect for mounting the blinky.


The first test ride

The first test ride

I'm not sure the smile is big enough.


From the side, normal rig

Rambouillet

This is the standard setup for daily rides.


Down tube

Down Tube

Rivendell has such nice decals.


Head Badge

Head Badge

Grant Peterson has this thing about sheep. Anyway, apparently the town of Rambouillet is famous for sheep. So that's why there is one on the headbadge.


The controls

The Controls

Note the cross levers and computer. The blinky will go on the front bag or basket when they are present.


Cranks

The Cranks

Sugino crankset and Shimano 105 front derailleur.


Rear derailleur

Rear Derailleur

Shimano Ultegra rear derailleur, hub and cassette.


Headlight

Headlight and Rack

Up close and personal with the Schmidt E6 headlight and the Nitto Mark's rack.


Rear

Rear View

Rear of bike, highlighting the fenders, the Busch & Müller taillight and the Carradice Pendle bag.


Saddle

Brooks Saddle

From here you can see the side view of the Brooks saddle, the Carradice Pendle bag, the Bagman support and the ankle reflector attached to the bag for easy access. Note how the Bagman really does a great job keeping the bag away from your legs.


Schmidt Hub

Schmidt SON Hub

There's a generator in there. Never be without lights!


Wheel Reflector

Wheel Reflector

Rivendell has the great wheel reflectors. They are as good or better than the bulky plastic ones. Because they are vinyl fabric they are quite light.


Rambouillet out for a ride

Rambouillet, Out for a Ride

I took this shot on a ride in Dover. Finally got the bike in its element instead of in front of the garage. The bottles are a Riv bottle and a Harris bottle.


Front of the bike with Berthoud bag

Front with Berthoud

I got the Gilles Berthoud handlebar bag and used it on this ride. Note that I am not using a decaleur. I instead attached a bungie to the loops for the carrying strap and ran it under the rack. I'll try this for a while before deciding whether it is working. I also hung a blinky on the front of it. One more bit of visibility.


Front of the Berthoud bag

Front of Berthoud Bag

Close up of the front of the bag.


Back of the Berthoud bag

Back of Berthoud

Close up of the back of the bag. You can see pretty clearly how it is attached and how it is accessible from the cockpit.


Part Manufacturer
Frame Rivendell, Rambouillet, 60 cm
Headset Shimano Ultegra
Cranks Sugino XD600, 170mm, 26/36/46
Bottom Bracket Shimano UN54 68x110
Stem Nitto Technomic Deluxe, 11cm 26.0
Seat Post Nitto Crystal Fellow 27.2/210
Saddle Brooks B17 Standard Black
Front Derailleur Shimano R443 1-1/8 Front Derailleur for Triple
Rear Derailleur Shimano Ultegra RD-6503 GS Triple
Chain SRAM PC-951(59) 6.9mm 9 speed
Front Hub Schmidt SON28 36h Silver
Rear Hub Shimano Ultegra 36h 10 speed Hub 130mm
Cassette Shimano Ultegra, 9 speed, 12-27
Rims Mavic Open Sport 36h, 700c, Silver
Spokes DT Swiss, Competition 2.0/1.8
Tires Avocet FasGrip City 700cx32
Brakes Shimano R600 57mm reach road brakes
Levers Shimano Tiagra Aero Brake Levers
Tektro RX2.0 Silver cyclocross levers
Shifters Shimano Dura-Ace 9 speed Bar End Shifters
Handlebars Nitto Noddle, 44cm 26.0
Tape Cinelli Black Cork Tape
Pedals Shimano PD-M520
Fenders SKS P45, Silver
Front Rack Nitto Mark's Mini Rack
Headlight Schmidt E6 Generator Headlight
Taillight Busch & Müller Seculite Plus
Computer Cat Eye Mity 8
Rear Bag Carradice Pendle, Black
with a Bagman bag support
Front Bag Gilles Berthoud Handlebar Bag Luxe, GB2586, black
Decaleur de Sac Headset spacer mounted Velo Orange
Cages Salsa Cycles Stainless Steel
Bell Japanese Brass Bell from Velo Orange

Lisa's Atlantis by Rivendell & Peter White

Lisa picked up the best bike in the family so far on 30 July 2004. It is an Atlantis frame from Rivendell Bicycle Works built up by Peter White in Hillsborough, NH. Peter uses the Atlantis and other Rivendell frames to build up a variety of great bikes. The specs on Lisa's are below.

One thing that I must say, I have never seen such attention to the details of comfort and fit as Peter gave Lisa during her fitting session. His article on fitting was the primary reason that we went there.


Atlantis by Rivendell & Peter White

Atlantis by Rivendell & Peter White

Drive side view of the whole bike. Notice the high saddle, even higher handlebars and the short stem. These combine to match Lisa's leg length and still fit her short torso. The bars may drop just a little once she is reacquainted with drop handlebars.


TA Zephyr Crankset

TA Zephyr Crankset

Specialites TA, Zephyr triple crankset. These are 150mm cranks. A necessary part of making bike in Lisa's size. These really are pretty. The combination of the length and the looks makes the Zephyr a great choice. If Zephyrs were unavailable, she would have taken the Specialites TA, Carmina cranks in 155mm.


Chainline

Chainline

Getting the chainline right on the Atlantis with a road triple can be a little tricky. The bike is really optimized for mountain gearing and derailleurs. Since Lisa wanted brifters it required going with a road front derailleur and crankset.


Shimano XT Rear Derailleur

Shimano XT Rear Derailleur

Shimano XT rear derailleur allows for mountain bike range rears if they are desired. A tremendous flexibility for varying terrain.


Shimano Cantilever Brakes

Shimano Cantilever Brakes

Shimano cantilever brakes. Strong breaking and tons of clearance.


Atlantis Front End

Atlantis Front End

The front end shot highlights the cantilever brakes again as well as the Busch & Müller Lumotec lighting system and the Shimano brifters. Lisa insisted on brifters over advice from both Peter and me. That did allow her to get the fancy-schmancy Flight Deck system.


Atlantis Front From Above

Atlantis Front From Above

This shot shows off the head tube lug and paint work better. It also shows the nice setup with the Shimano STI brifters and the Paul cross levers a little better than the previous.


Altantis with Schmidt Nabendynamo

Atlantis with Schmidt Nabendynamo

Lisa opted for generator lighting. The Schmidt is nice bit of German engineering.


Atlantis Rear End

Atlantis Rear End

The rear end shot highlights the Busch & Müller Dtoplight Plus rear light and the Tubus rack.


Atlantis with Terry Saddle

Atlantis with Terry Saddle

Bringing up the rear is support for Lisa's rear ☺. The Terry Butterfly CrMo seemed the right thing in specs, price and feel.


Part Manufacturer
Frame Rivendell, Atlantis, 47 cm
Cranks Specialites TA, Zephyr, 24/38/48, 150mm
Bottom Bracket Specialites TA, Axix Light
Stem Nitto Technomic
Seat Post Kalloy Uno
Saddle Terry Butterfly CrMo
Front Derailleur Shimano Ultegra
Rear Derailleur Shimano XT
Front Hub Schmidt SON28
Rear Hub Shimano XT Silver
Cassette Shimano, 9 spd, 13-34
Rims Mavic, ATB X517 silver
Spokes Wheelsmith DB14
Tires Avocet FasGrip City 26x1.25"
Brakes Shimano 550 cantilever
Levers Shimano STI Ultegra Flight Deck levers
Paul Component Engineering Cross Levers
Handlebars Modolo X Tenos 40cm silver
Pedals MKS Sylvan Road with MKS clips
Fenders none
Rack Tubus Cargo
Headlight Busch & Müller Lumotec HL Oval Plus
Taillight Busch & Müller Dtoplight Plus
Computer Shimano Flight Deck SC-6500

Dick's Criterium Rex by Araya

I bought this bike with birthday and other savings in 1973. At the time I was doing a lot of short group rides and a couple of 70-100 mile rides each year. I didn't have the budget for a similar Fuji and was able to buy the Araya at a shop in Allentown, PA. I don't remember the name of the shop. It was not The Broken Spoke, which was where I bought much of my biking paraphernalia at the time.

The brake levers, shifters, derailleurs, wheels and pedals are not original. It started out with stem mounted Suntour ratcheted shifters. I replaced them with Suntour barcons while I was still in high school. At about the same time I had ditched the 27x1¼ clinchers and replaced them with tubulars. I rode tubulars until about 1993 when I bought the current wheels. The original Sunshine hubs are still mounted up with some Mavic GP-4 tubular rims. The original freewheel was a 5 speed 14/36. I replaced this quite early with 13/26. Because the rear spacing is 126mm I was able to use a 7 speed cassette wheel when I went back to clinchers. The original derailleurs were Suntour V-GT. I don't remember why I switched to the Cyclones, but that was back in college. The pedals have been replaced many times over the years as they wore out. I've been using SPDs for a while now and they sure beat toe clips. The most recent change was to the Shimano aero brake levers. At the same time I rerouted the shifter cable up around the handle bars.

I've been curious about this model bike for some time. Outside of the shop where I bought it, I have never seen another. I was only able to find limited discussion of the bike via a Google search. Interestingly, the other bikes discussed were also purchased in eastern Pennsylvania. If you know anything at all about these bikes, drop me a line.

Some of the photos are a quick job done in the basement with terrible lighting using my daughter's digital camcorder. I tweaked them a little with the GIMP to get rid of the obvious yellow tint from incandescents. The rest were shot in the driveway with my son's Sony digital camera. Outdoor lighting and a better camera make all the difference.


Criterium Rex, Front View

Criterium Rex, Front View

Note the aero brake levers and the cable routing. Pay no attention to the lazy, sloppy routing of the speedometer cable.


Criterium Rex, Sugino Crankset

Criterium Rex, Sugino Might Comp Crankset

Sugino Might Comp crankset, 43/50, 171mm. Note the 144 BCD. Suntour, Cyclone front derailleur.


Criterium Rex, Rear Derailleur

Criterium Rex, Rear Derailleur and Hub

Suntour, Cyclone M-II rear derailleur and Shimano, RX-100 hub and cassette. Note also the horizontal dropouts.


Criterium Rex, Rear View

Criterium Rex, Rear View

Rear view of rack, bag, fenders and blinkie. I recently switched bags with Lisa, so this is a bit dated.


Criterium Rex Head Badge

Criterium Rex Headbadge

Close up of the headbadge. It reads (top to bottom), "Criterium Rex by Araya". The seat tube decal reads "Rex II".


Criterium Rex, Araya Tubing Sticker

Criterium Rex, Araya 631 Tubing

I don't know if it is significant but the tubing is Araya 631. They clearly wanted their sticker to look like a Reynolds sticker.


Part Manufacturer
Frame Araya, Araya 631 tubing, lugged, 25" 126mm rear spacing
Cranks Sugino Mighty Comp, 43/50, 171mm
Bottom Bracket Sugino
Stem SR quill 8cm
Seat Post Kalloy Uno
(originally Taihei Compe)
Saddle Terry Fly
(originally Takahashi Panmax)
Front Derailleur Suntour, Cyclone
Rear Derailleur Suntour, Cyclone M-II
Front Hub 1973 Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Rear Hub 1973 Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Freewheel Sachs-Maillard, 7 speed, 13/23
Rims Mavic Open Sport
Brakes Dia-Compe center pull
Handlebars Unknown Randonneur bars
Pedals Shimano SPDs (I'm not sure of the model)
Fenders SKS
Rack Rhode Gear (came with a kid seat)
Headlight Cat Eye HL-EL300
Taillight VistaLite Nebula 5
Computer Cat Eye Mity 8

Lisa's Sausalito by Marin

This bike has been taken away by the insurance company! I'll leave the description in for historical purposes.

This was Lisa's birthday present in 2002. The rack, and electronics are add ons. Otherwise, this is stock. We bought it at Harris Cyclery. They stopped carrying that model the next year because the changed to a disk brake.

Unfortunately, this bike is not currently roadworthy. The rear wheel is completely twisted and there are bends in the left seat stay and chain stay. This is the result of losing an argument with a Cadillac on Pleasant St. in South Natick, MA. That precipitated the purchase of the Rivendell Atlantis, described above.


Part Manufacturer
Frame Marin, 7005 Double Butted Aluminum
Fork Manitou Luxe
Crankset Shimano, Nexave 28/38/48
Bottom Bracket
Stem Marin, Ovation
Seat Post InSync, B.U.M., Suspension seatpost
Saddle WTB, Comfort V
Front Derailleur Shimano, Nexave T400
Rear Derailleur Shimano, Nexave T400
Front Hub Marin, Ovation CNC
Rear Hub Marin, Ovation CNC
Cassette Shimano 11-34
Rims Mavic, T224
Spokes DT Swiss, 14 gauge
Tires WTB, Allterrainasaurus, 700c x 32/30
Brakes Shimano, Deore calipers and Nexave levers
Handlebars Marin, Ovation
Shifters Shimano, Nexave 8
Pedals
Rack Blackburn
Headlight Cat Eye HL-EL300
Taillight VistaLite Nebula 5
Computer Cat Eye Mity 8

Sausalito

Sausalito by Marin

Drive side view of the whole bike.


Sausalito, Front View

Sausalito, Front View

Front view of the controls and electronics mounted on the bars.


Sausalito, Back View

Sausalito, Back View

Back view of the rack and lights.

Lisa's Gran Turismo by Univega

Coming soon!

Melissa's Trek 800

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Jonathan's Trek 3500

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