Gallery: Beth’s Rivendell Betty Foy

We had the pleasure of meeting Beth at the recent Tweed Ride in Sacramento. It was her first outing on her new bike and it was a real treat to get it together with the other Betty Foys on the ride. Beth’s was the first 48cm Betty to hit the streets and it has the #1 serial number to prove it. Pretty cool! All photos are copyright Beth. You can also view her photos on Flickr at her photostream.

21 Responses to “Gallery: Beth’s Rivendell Betty Foy”

  • John Boyer says:

    Such a pretty Betty

  • sygyzy says:

    Great looking bike!

    Is that bell specially made to mount around the steerer tube like that, or is that some special adapter?

  • Dweendaddy says:

    Apropos your post about each individual’s “glass ceiling”: mine just got raised a bit!! That bike is just so good looking. The only danger is: would I be worried about messing it up?

  • Karen says:

    I was lucky to meet Beth and her Beautiful Betty in person on the Tweed Ride too. Great pics! They show the details off really well :)

  • Lovely Bicycle! says:

    Gosh, I loooove seeing custom-coloured versions of these bikes, thanks for sharing! I think this is the same colour as that on the green Hillborne? On Betty, it for some reason looks very Irish – maybe it’s the hearts in the lugs vaguely reminding me of shamrocks. And what a perfect season to show it off, with the fresh new green grass and leaves all around.

  • Carl in San Angelo says:


    Velo Orange has a bell mount like the one on Beth’s bike:

  • Neighbourtease says:

    Great looking bike. I love the burgundy grips with the green. Really good!

  • dreamlet says:

    Is that color just for the 48 cm Betty Foys? It’s gorgeous.

  • AdamM says:

    Wow. That Betty is beautiful. This is exactly the type of bike I’d love to buy for my wife (except that her ‘glass ceiling’ is a lot lower than mine!).

    Any idea how tall Beth is? My wife is 5′ 1″ and getting a bike small enough to fit properly is usually the biggest challenge.

  • Beth says:

    @Dweendaddy: I thought about that up until a day or so ago until I finally dialed in the I’m just so happy to have a bike that fits and rides great–the thought of a ding in this paintjob sends fewer shivers than it once did. I think. I do agree with the philosophy of beausage…that said, I am still careful!
    @ Karen–thanks! We’ll have to get together again.
    @sygyzy: yep..bell/mount are from VO
    @Dreamlet: Its a custom color combo–the headtube is cream.
    @AdamM: I’m 5’1″ on a good day! When Riv said they’d be making a small Betty available..I jumped! I’m am soooooooo glad I did. It fits perf.
    @ Everyone Else: Thanks for your nice comments!! A sturdy, well thought out bike that fits is a great thing–if it looks good, too..Bonus! Kudos to GP and crew for keeping the fire of steel bikes burning

  • Doug R. says:

    Beth! your bike is the tops! I had fun riding with you on the Tweed! Our Rivs were good company for each other! Looking forward to the next one with you and karen, and all the other Riv owners! Dougman. ( I will either be riding a bone shaker or a Pashley Guvnor next time, sorry, must try new toys out! My Sam H. is plotting his revenge!)

  • AdamM says:

    Beth, thank you for the update. Hmmm, I shall have to start scheming to get a Betty Foy into the house as a Xmas present…

  • Brian C says:

    Thanks for the pictures. I have talked to Rivendell about a bike for my wife – she is 5’0″. If it is working for you, I am sure it will be for her!

    And I am glad you responded on the colour. I believe that my wife would like the blue I have seen on other Betty Foys – but yours is definitely nice. And I am jealous of that #1…

  • Rick says:

    Beth, isn’t it wonderful that Alan posts pictures of readers’ bikes? I just beamed when he displayed mine! :-)

    Don’t forget about the next Tweed Ride on the 1st of May–we love seeing you there!


  • Neighbourtease says:

    @Beth Are the little apples (I think they are apples?) going on the seat tube something that Rivendell did for you? They are insanely charming.

  • Beth says:

    @Dougman: See ya May 1st!
    @AdamM: You’ll make a great Santa!
    @Brian C: I’ve seen Betty Foy frames in Black, Navy/Cream, and Cream/Red/Lt. Blue, too. I think if you don’t go with the stock solid Lt. Blue, choosing color is really hard! They all had the “wow” factor. I could have gone myriad ways, but I had to make a choice eventually! And every one is beautiful.
    @Rick: Hi Rick! Yes–tickled! See you on the 1st! Hmm..what to wear..what to wear….
    @Neighbortease: They are apples! And Riv puts them on all of the Betty Foys. If anybody out there knows the backstory, I’d love to hear it. There’s also a line of smaller ones on the top of the downtube, and for the eagle-eyed person, you can spot a teeny one inside the “”O” on Foy.

  • Ryan says:

    Beth I echo the sentiments above gorgeous bike, and good for you that you ride it and love it and its not a “museum piece” . I just saw a Rivendell video on YouTube about mounting a marks rack and based on the distinctive paint job I assume that is your bike starring in the video- nice.


  • Beth says:

    @ Lovely Bicycle: Thanks for kind words from a connoisseur of mixtes such as yourself! The green is the Sam H green. It sparkles in the sun and I catch my self just staring at the pretty thing!

    @Ryan: It’s cool to have a nice daily driver, so to speak. As for the vieod..yep..good eyes!

  • Dottie says:

    Beautiful Betty! :)

  • Ryan says:

    My wife would love this bike, heck I love this bike. I will have to see about getting a mixte for myself. What a great seatbag…what kind is it?

  • BethL says:

    Hi Ryan!

    The seatbag is a Nigel Smith (Rivendell) Keven’s Bag in Tweed.
    I love my bike, too :)

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