I ride a 2009 Rivendell Sam Hillborne. I can thank the old lady who didn’t see me for this bike. Her insurance paid for it as a replacement for my trusty Miyata 1000 that lasted little over 3 months before the crash. In a month or two, when my budget allows, I plan to finally get her fixed up to running capacity and maybe I’ll submit some pictures of her as well.
But right now, we are talking about my Sam. Despite being Rivendell’s budget bike, it’s the nicest, most expensive bike I’ve owned. Until my Miyata, I was a mountain biker, but I’ve since turned skittish of the dangerous trails I once traveled. But my love of cycling has not gone. And the Sam epitomizes my ride. I’ve fallen right in sync with Rivendell’s philosophies. Freeing my wheels with Grant and MKS’s wide and grippy new pedal, getting my handlebars above my saddle for a mixture of an athletic yet leisurely ride, friction shifting for that connected feeling to my bike. And my Sam can stake it all, along with the varying loads to and from work, the store, or anywhere else I deign to go.
I’ve also fallen in love with that throw back to older styles. With a couple Swiss Army Ammo carriers turned bike panniers, a Brooks B17 saddle and Brooks handlebar tape, hammered Honjo fenders, a Riv designed Keven’s style bag, and a good old CroMoly basket in front. And Rivendell lives up to the details. The beautiful lug work, the carefully selected paint and decals, and the perfectly set angles. It both looks good and feels good to ride.
Do I jump onto Rivendell’s site and long after the A. Homer Hilsen? Do I imagine going bike camping on the Altantis? Yes. But my Sam is already a perfect little slice of heaven.