[Andy sent us this write-up about his AHH. —ed.]
This build was originally going to be a simple 700c x 32 18-speed drop bar travel bike with S and S couplings. The idea started taking shape in October, 2010, intended for a 320+ mile tour along the UK Cycle Route 1 from Inverness to Edinburgh, scheduled for late June, 2011.
By the time the bike was complete and on its way across the ocean it had morphed into this, an eclectic blend of past and present technologies. The ride is smooth, quick, responsive, nimble, predictable, and most of all fun!
Now back from Scotland, the AHH is my all-rounder of choice at our weekend home near the southeastern coast of Rhode Island.
I learned tons during this build, but nothing more important than how great it feels to be liberated from the comfort compromising, doubled over, forward leaning, head-first, race-influenced cycling posture of the road bike masses. Whether I ride 6, 16, or 60 miles, the AHH is well balanced and confidence inspiring… and at the end of the day my back, shoulders, and neck thank me.
- Rivendell A. Homer Hilsen (58cm)
- S and S BTC coupling (Retrofit by Bilenky Cycle Works, Philadelphia)
- Velocity Dyad 650B 32h rims (Wheels laced by owner/operator)
- Rohloff SPEEDHUB 500/14 16t (rear)
- Chris King Classic Hub (front)
- DT Swiss Competition Spokes
- Sugino XD2 Crankset, 170mm, 42t
- Velo Orange Bottom Bracket, 116mm
- Wipperman Connex 908 chain
- Paul Comp Racer Centerpull Brakes
- Soma New Xpress Panaracer Pasela Tourguard650B x 38mm (35 actual)
- Shimano Ultegra Headset
- Nitto Lugged Stem, 100mm
- Nitto Albatross Handlebar, 55cm
- SRAM Avid Speed Dial Brake Levers
- Nitto Slotted Brake Cable Hangers
- Rivendell Meisha’s Portuguese Cork Grips
- Speedplay Frog Pedals
- Brooks B67 Saddle, honey
- Velo Orange Setback Seatpost
- Velo Orange Hammered Alloy Fenders
- Carradice Pendle Saddlebag
- Carradice Bagman Sport Bag Support
- Brooks D-Shaped Tool Bag
- Greenfield Kickstand
- Soma Brass Bell
- Kleen Kanteen Water Bottles
- Cateye Strada Cycle Computer