Betty Foy is a character appearing in William Wordsworth’s poem “The Idiot Boy” and is the mother of the title character. In the poem, Betty is caring for a sick neighbor; in desperation, she sends her mentally handicapped son Johnny on horseback to fetch a doctor from the nearby town. When he has not returned after several hours, she grows frantic and sets out to find him. Eventually, she discovers him near a waterfall, his pony feeding. She leads him home and on the way they are met by the sick neighbor, who has, as it were, worried herself well and found the strength to help look for the boy.
Betty Foy is also a gorgeous, lugged-steel mixte from Rivendell Bicycle Works of Walnut Creek, CA. Betty Foy the bike was named after Betty Foy the mother in the poem. We like the connection.
A Betty Foy has been on Michael’s personal wish list for some time now and we finally called Dave at Rivendell and placed an order last week. The bike was ready in just a few days and we went over and picked it up this morning. The guys did a fantastic job building the bike and Michael is absolutely thrilled with the ride (she immediately described it as “lively, yet smooth”). We still have a few details to attend to like installing Honjo fenders and a Peterboro basket, but she’s already smitten. [There’s more to come on the bike later. —ed.]
Our visit to Rivendell was great fun. Dave was a gracious host, spending most of the morning working out the details of our purchase and showing us around the facilities. It was really cool meeting Grant, though I have to admit I was a bit awestruck talking with a person I’ve been following from afar since the 1980s. Pretty quickly Grant and I discovered we have fly fishing in common and we had a great time chatting about soft hackles, dead drifts, and fishing the hatches on Hat Creek. In fact, everyone we met at Rivendell was friendly and gracious enough to take time out of their busy day to chat with us (thanks guys!). If you’re ever in the S.F. Bay Area, be sure to stop by Rivendell to see some beautiful bikes and meet some great people.
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