Rivendell is undertaking an interesting promotional program where a staff member specs a new bike from their line-up to his/her liking, and the bike is offered up for auction to the highest bidder. From Rivendell:
We’re trying something new.. For the next however-many weeks, if this works, we’ll be auctioning off one bike spec’d by a staff member as his dream bike. The starting bid is a low $2000, for a bike that’s worth over $4,000. Anything over $3,800 goes to SmileTrain.
The first bike up for auction is a Bombadil built up to Keven’s specs and affectionately dubbed “Keven’s Bomber”. Here’s the description:
Lots of lugs, shining silver, beautiful big-tire Bombadil. A mountain-tour-trail-commute bike that can adapt to almost anything rough, and will surely be leading an active life under somebody (maybe you if you’re in your twenties) in half a century..
With the bidding stopping at noon today I’m coming in on this way late, but there will be other bikes to follow.