Wednesday, July 13, 2005
Unveiling the Bike!!!
- Rivendell Atlantis (steel lugged touring frame) -- 56cm
- Shimano XT Front Derailleur
- Race Face Silver Cranks & Bottom Bracket -- 175mm -- 22 - 32 - 44
- Shimano Dura Ace Bar End Shifters
- Shimano XT Rear Derailleur
- Shimano XT Cassette 12 - 34
- Avid Short 6 Cantilever Brakes
- Cane Creek Compact Brake Levers
- Nitto Randoneur Bar (sweet! it flares out at the drops)
- Dimension Quill Stem (silver with removeable face plate -- easier to pack to fly)
- Cinelli Tan Gel Bar Tape
- Sun Rim 32 spoke rear wheel (silver, of course) with Shimano hub -- 26"
- Sun Rims 36 spoke front wheel -- 26"
- Panaracer Pasela Tires -- 26 x 1.25 (nice tan sidewalls match the bar tape)
- SKS Silver Chrome Plastic Fenders
- Nitto Front & Rear Racks (tubular steel)
- Delta Waterproof Panniers (shiny silver)
- Thompson Elite Silver Seat Post
- Selle Italia SLR Saddle (my favorite -- on all my bikes except my mtn bike)
- Three Silver Bottle Cages
- ESGE Super-Trick Double Kickstand (both legs fold up onto the drive side)
- Shimano 959 SPD Pedals (stolen from my cyclocross bike)
Still working out the accessories. I'll probably keep my small saddle bag on the bike (tire levers, CO2, patch kit, tube). I also ordered a small handlebar bag and a separate map case that attaches to the handlebar. Oh, and I got the coolest pump in the world. It's a Topeak Road Morph. It has a pressure gauge and a little platform that folds out so you use it just like a floor pump. One of the trickest inventions I've seen in bike equipment in years!!!
Rode the Atlantis for a short ride tonight with the racks, fenders, and kickstand installed. Feels good. Front brakes squeak like crazy even after Josh adjusted them. May try new brake pads.
I just love this bike! It's the first bike I've completely picked every single component on. And I actually helped build a good portion of it (including installation of the fenders, racks, and kickstand -- big pain in the ass). My trip still feels like a very long way off in the future, but I'm getting a bit excited. Planning to go out for a short ride loaded tomorrow -- that should be an adventure.
You'll love the XT derailleur and 12-34 cassette. I used it on my tour to Santa Barbara (from San Francisco) and hauled my BOB trailer up the hills with NO problem.
I'm not sure I could ever go back to a higher gear ratio..... (I guess we'll see - I just had that bike stolen, whah!)