This is my 62cm Rivendell Quickbeam which I bought in June as my commuter bike. My first setup was with Nitto Albatross bars and a Brooks swallow saddle (some people literally stopped me on the street to complement my cork grips!!). I found the saddle somewhat inappropriate for such an upright position, so I switched it with a Brooks B17. This setup was a lot like the Euro commuters: slow and easy, fine for mostly flat roads (as is the case in Manhattan). Now I want to use it for both commuting and winter training, so I put Nitto Noodle bars on with Tektro levers. I varnished the cork grip, and I doubt I'll ever do it again - it was messy and I honestly don't like the way it looks but I'll wait until it wears out. I use Power Grips on the pedals so I can ride with any shoes. Fenders from Velo Orange and a Nitto rear rack from my touring bike round out the package.

I never had a single-speed before so it took a bit of getting used to, but I really like it now; it just feels natural (I have "single-speed" equipment for walking and running too-my legs!). I really prefer the drop bars as I can get up to speed by getting out of the saddle, and that position feels much more natural with drop bars than it did with the Albatross bars. Also, I intend to take this bike on trails at some point; I may swap out the tires for Vittoria CX diamond-tread tires.

I may have to work something out a little better for getting the rear wheel off; the Nitto rack has tabs that make it hard to slip the quick-release off (I have to remove it completely).

The bike has a lovely, quiet nature to it. It handles well and provides a smooth ride; the saddle is finally breaking in. I really look forward to commuting now.

David Regen




Rivendell Quickbeam - front angle view
Rivendell Quickbeam - rear hub detail
Rivendell Quickbeam - on the commute
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