My Saluki was born in October of 'aught seven. In the first year of ownership, I've ridden it loaded from Oregon to San Francisco, in a few centuries and one brevet, many overnight camping trips, countless mixed terrain rides, and lovely long country rides in northern California and Oregon. I chose parts with an eye toward light weight and functional beauty.

It is painted a custom color (which we dubbed 'fawn mist metallic') by Russ Pickett of Air Art in Chico, CA. Russ has painted for Rivendell, Rex Cycles, Tournesol, Mountain Goat and others. Rich Lesnik at Rivendell built my wheels, and Mark Abele assembled most of the bike. The rack is my design, borrowing form and function from classic randonneuring racks. The light mount is my design, manufactured by Paul Component Engineering.

The rest of the geeky stuff:
- 58cm Rivendell Saluki
- Synergy rims, DT Swiss spokes
- Shimano XTR rear hub
- White Industries H1 road front hub
- Phil Ti bottom bracket, 113mm
- Campy Champ front derailleur
- Shimano XTR rear derailleur
- Honjo hammered fenders
- Bruce Gordon child-safe-roundy brakes
- Silver shifters
- Crank Bros Candy pedals
- Sugino crank (48/36/26) (soon to be a TA Cyclotouriste with same gearing)
- Shimano XT 8spd cassette (13x30)
- Cotton bar tape, wine cork bar caps
- Nitto lugged stem (9cm)
- Nitto Soba bar
- Shimano brake levers
- custom front rack that I designed
- Gino Light Mount by Paul Component Engineering
- Inujirushi handlebar bag (from Jitensha)
- Keven's bag from Rivendell
- Nitto R bottle cages
- various tires

For those interested, many more photos of the build process (and rides!) are here:


Chico, California


Rivendell Saluki - Running the fenceline

Rivendell Saluki - Paint Detail

Rivendell Saluki - Front Rack detail


Rivendell Saluki - Rear Brake detail
Rivendell Saluki - Gino Light Mount detail


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