(Eye) Candy for a Friend

A good friend of ours is picking up her Rivendell Betty Foy next weekend. We thought we’d post a few photos of Michael’s Betty to help her make it through what is bound to be a long week (there’s nothing like anticipating a new bike to bring the passage of time to a crawl). Have a great week, Erin; we’re hoping it flies by in a flash.

—Alan & Michael

PS – Welcome to the club; if we’re counting correctly, that’ll be at least four Betty Foys at the next Tweed Ride!

19 Responses to “(Eye) Candy for a Friend”

  • Warren says:

    Beautiful bike! I can see why it’s painful wait.

  • Cecily says:

    Such a beautiful bike. I still really want one, but can’t bring myself tom pay that much money for a bike I can’t test ride first. Maybe one day.

  • Doug says:

    That’s one of the most beautiful bikes available today….bar none.

    I am patiently waiting for my next bicycle to get powder coated. It’s at the painters now, but was delayed by a larger order. Uggh! It’s going to be my new all-season (mainly winter) commuter. A Surly Cross Check retro-fitted so that it can accept a Gates Carbon Drive, matched to a Shimano Nexus 8-speed. I will also be running some 40mm Schwalbe studded ties this winter. Patience is a hard lesson to learn!

  • RDW says:

    Thanks for posting those, I’ve been hoping to see some more pics of the Betty. Been trying to talk my wife into one. What size frame is that? It’s beautiful.

  • Alan says:


    That’s a 52cm.


  • Doug R. says:

    Yes, Rivendell does a good job and there will be a return of a certain Sam Hillborne. However, an even better new Steve Rex will roll out to tweed it all up! : )

  • Richard says:

    Wonderful pictures of a good looking bike.

    What handlebars do you have installed on this Betty Foy? How wide are they? Thank you.

  • Alan says:


    Thank you!

    The bars are Nitto/Rivendell Cromo Albatross (56cm width).


  • doc says:

    What mirror is that? I just swapped out the drop bars on my LHT for a pair of Albatross; and now I’m looking for a mirror. thx.

  • Alan says:


    That’s a Busch & Muller Cyclestar. Great mirror…

  • erin says:

    Oh, Alan…That does give me more to dream about.

    We spent all weekend talking components. I suspect I may not be the only person in the house who is excited for this new bike. :-)

    Only 5 more days. (Yippee!)

  • Alan says:


    “We spent all weekend talking components. I suspect I may not be the only person in the house who is excited for this new bike. :-)”

    I can relate! Enjoy!!

  • doug in seattle. says:

    You know, I honestly believe that we are on the cusp of a new era, where bikes like these and others similar but not so zoot, will be common on the streets of the better US cities. The other day here in Seattle, I chanced to be riding on a prime commuting route during the rush hour (my work hours are 6-2 most days, so I miss out on the commute rush usually) and I was literally blown away with the huge masses of cycle commuters. YES!

  • Rick says:

    Awaiting arrival of a Betty Foy as well, the recipient currently rides a Pashley Sovereign Princess, and I’m going to have to get one of those Peterboro baskets. What size did y’all wind up with?

  • Michael (Mrs. EcoVelo) says:

    Hi Rick,
    The basket is the Peterboro Original Bike Basket, approximately 11 x 8 x 9.
    I <3 it!!
    Be sure to check out this post explaining Alan's nifty mounting:


  • Dottie says:

    Yay – Betty Foys for everyone! :)

  • Beth L. says:

    Yay, Erin!!!!

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