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Rivendell LongLow (custom with sidepulls) - Updated
bike got written up in RR # 18, back when it had upright handlebars
and a full rear rack and was ridden every day as my only bike. Made
by Joe Starck in 1999, custom with a short top-tube.
first building it up as an upright commuter in August '99, I've
made some changes: --SunTour XC deraillieur rear, "Riv Special"
Simplex der. front --SunTour Power Ratchet stem-shifters (long live
stem shifters!) --Rebuilt wheels (Phil hubs, DT spokes, Sun CR-18
rims, Conti Top Tours) --Nitto "Noodle" bars (41cm) and Technomic
stem (7cm) --Nitto shortie rear rack.
LowSaddle in rear and Nigel Smythe's plaid Hobo bag in front (an
unexpected Chanukah gift from a friend in Dec. '05, this model fits
narrower drops than the standard Hobo bag - shown in top photo -
ride this bike whenever I don't have to carry super-heavy loads
or tow a trailer full of stuff. I'm not a jock; with ten-hour days
on my feet at work about all Ican handle is my 10-mile RT commute
and a Sunday "fun" ride every other weekend or so. But all of those
rides are glorious on a bike that fits like a glove.