ever is responsible for this site, Thank You! I
have spent hours looking over some of these beautiful bicycles,
gaining some inspiration and a few ideas for my projects. I'm glad
I found this site as my two favorite companies are the "old" Ibis
and Rivendell, It makes me feel right at home!
first submission to this site is my Ibis Hakkalugi. This bike started
life as my dirty Cyclocross bike and has blossomed into something
I think to be a little more useful. Originally I was going to buy
an Atlantis, after visiting the company and riding one I was sold.
However I decided that I wanted to build the bikes I already had
into new bikes, and save getting the Rivendell when I could afford
to get my first custom bicycle. My new bikes are built for what
I do now and it was really neat to see them transform, as my needs,
tastes and desires have transformed.
biggest change for this bike would be the front fork. It was switched
to a Surly 1" threadless. I never really liked the way the original
fork felt, It always seemed cheaply made, a little shaky, and not
a good match for the frame, after putting the crowned Surly fork
on, things have been very smooth. The bike was repainted by Sycip
cycles in Santa Rosa, who also added rear rack braze-ons. This bike
has a mix of mostly new parts acquired from friends, Craigslist,
or Ebay. The drive train is a mix of Shimano Dura-Ace and Ultegra.
Rear wheel is a Chris King hub built up on a Mavic CXP 33. Front
is a Schmidt hub built on a CXP 33, 36 spokes, straight gauge, brass
nipples, bullet proof. Original Thompson seat post, that and the
clamp are the only original parts left :( Tektro brakes, professional
saddle, old school Salsa stem, Nitto noodle bars (my first pair,
super comfortable). Tubus Rack, Honjo fenders, Baggins country sack,
and pink dice!
doing some riding I have decided that I may switch up something
in the shifting and maybe a chain ring. I'm not sold on STI shifting
with triple chain rings, It was my first try and a little too fussy.
I prefer the freedom of being able to truly trim the front derailleur,
and I probably will have to replace the crank and bottom bracket
to use a different chain ring, don't know if its worth it, sometimes
Shimano confuses me. So far though I've been pretty happy, I absolutely
love the quirkiness and versatility that this bike offers, ride
it to work, strap something to the rack, panniers, ride at night,
in the rain, hit some dirt trails, cruise to the coast, it really
does it all! this bike has accompanied me
on some beautiful rides in and around Sonoma county, with many more