Gallery: Beth’s Rivendell All-Rounder

Wanting to build up a drop-barred bike I could ride long and hard on weekend brevets and all week long, I needed something with a shorter top tube than a standard road frame would offer me. I obtained this frameset from a fellow for whom it turned out to be a little small. It was built for Rivendell at Match Cycles in 1999. The top tube on this is exactly the right length. I had to sacrifice some overall height, but that’s typical when a woman tries to make a man’s frame fit, so I wasn’t worried. I had a lot of fun building this up from scratch (including hand-building my wheels)

Notable parts:

  • Wheels: Phil hubs, CR18 rims, DT spokes, Pasela tires – 26 x 1.25
  • Saddle: Brooks B-17 special
  • Handlebars/stem: Nitto Noodle with Technomic stemĀ 
  • Shifters: SunTour “pro-ratchet” stem-mount model. (Possibly the most underrated shifter ever.)
  • Front rack hack: vintage TA handlebar bag support affixed to the bridge of a Mafac center-pull brake
  • Carradice Lowsaddle Longflap model, going on 11 years old

This bike rides easily, and climbs like a goat. It is my bike of choice for any unencumbered and/or long ride. —Beth

7 Responses to “Gallery: Beth’s Rivendell All-Rounder”

  • Duane says:

    Truly impressive.

  • James says:

    I love that photo at the top of the post. Beautiful.

  • beth h says:

    Thank you! The lead photo was shot last spring on a VERY cold, foggy morning, just as the sun began to break through, on a path alongside the Columbia Slough in Portland, OR.

  • Phil says:

    I agree….the photo of your bike on a foggy morning is impressive, nice shot.

  • Madness says:

    What a beauty.

  • Daniel Siniff says:

    Hey Beth,
    I too own a match Rivendell, a orange and cream 59 M21. The bike has been a blessiing to own, it just puts the fun back into ridng. Someway when they built it I think it was given a touch of wanderlust. I MTB’d with it in Hawaii,was lucky to live there for a year. There the locals called it “da bike” they could not believe I rode what they rode ( heck I still can’t believe it). They all were ridding duallies and some downhill duallies. I can tell you that many times during rides there, I thought for sure that death could result. Da bike just handled fine. Right now it is set up as a commuter/ tourer, very similar to yours. It just puts its head down, goes out , gets the job done and looks good doing it.
    What is amazing to me is that in 15 minutes or so; you can swap out tires, gears, fenders racks and create a very capable off road bike. After the off road ride; put the gear back on and continue touring.
    It is a great ride and you did a very styling building it.
    Keep the rubber side down

  • beth h says:

    Wow. I know that the All-Rounder is the son of the Bstone XO-1 and the father of the Riv Atlantis, and so ought to be able to go hard off-road; but I would never have considered doing that with this bike. (I got bit by the ‘cross bug and I’m rebuilding a Kona Fire Mtn as a singlespeed, a mix between a cross bike and a grownup BMX’er.) The All-Rounder has been the answer to my bike-fit issues — I’m a 5′ 7″ woman with long legs and shorter torso — and there’s room for me to raise the bars even more if I ever want to. All I know is that this thing ride as well at mile 50 as it does at mile 10, and for me that’s the mark of an excellent bike. Happy riding! –BH

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