If that’s not a link, cut and paste it…and thanks to Carrie for the notice. I think it’s fair to say this is the world’s best new animal.
The Cheviot is, could be, might be among some here, the favorite bike ever here, maybe. It deserves some qualifying, but once you’re beyond machismo and looking more and comfytranspo, the Chev is as good as we can do. So was the Betty, basically same thing.
Sizing can be ‘fusing, because there’s no top tube, just a diagatube, and mixte-sizing isn’t the same as normal sizing because of it. On a top-tubed bike, once the seat post is down to three fingers of height, the saddle’s probably too low for good leg extension.
On a top-tubeless mixte you can go way lower. It may look funny if you’re used to lots of visible seat post, but it’s normal and good (so: Get used to it) on a mixte.
Here are some pix.
Not even close to being a problemo, in facto! You can ride a 60 Chevy-Yaught even with a PBH of 82.5 and a Saddle height of 71.5. You won’t be showing much seat post, but that’s OK, and even has a nice look about it. Reach to bars is easily dialed with a shorter stem…and with the sweptnback Albatrossers or the even more swept back Boscos, you will easily get a comfy position.
If your PBH is 84 you can easily ride either a 55 or a 60. You can go a bit lower, too, and still clear the top tube. The standover height of the 60 is about 3.5 inches more than the 55’s, so if you have a hard time swinging a leg thru, go with the smaller one. The 60 is a 700C’er; the 55, a 650B’er. Both ride so well, but the bigger bike with the bigger wheel gives more of a cabin cruiser supreme ride, while the 55/650 rides like a regular fantastic bicycle.
It’s not like 76 is the only superbamunda saddle height. I/Grant will ride the 60 with a 73.5-74 saddle height, and I’m thrilled and just goofily happy with that.
On the smaller Cheviots we’d typically say this is too much post, but a tall guy can jack up the bars good and high and still get good leg extension…and besidewhich, this is the biggest ‘viot.
And here’s the same kind of deal with a 55:
Dang, I should’ve shown more seat tube, but you can see some of the tip of the seat lug there. ———
Pal Jeff brought by a book titled HItting the Trail. Lots of short stories and tips, edited by Dan Beard (old timey woodsman author), and the illustrations and captions and stories are remarkable. I wonder if it’s still around. I’ll look it up. Here are some excerpted illustrations and captions you might find worth a quick look, even out of context.
While riding a German Shephard (not the kind for whom a new staff might make a fine gift), no less.
The caption reads: The odor of beans and rice and burned bacon and unsuccessful flapjacks had attracted an enormous pig.
In today April 1 NYT there’s a column by David Brooks. It’s not likely to go viral or whatever, but I found it interesting:
Quick snaps from ‘wan trip, and autism, and new fun things maybe
Could be anywhere except in the sticks. Next pix are more bikey..
At the bike painter. This is a brand, somewhere.
There were lots of 2TT bikes at the paint shop, many fancy… this is another non-American brand.
At one assembly factory, this General Fatigue test.
Some of our wide crowns being made. First the designs are cast in brown wax—-one per crown. Then the wax molds are melted onto a common trunk, and when a bunch are on it, it’s called a TREE. This is a tree of wax fork crown molds that’s been dipped in ceramic batter—-three or four dippings, to build up a big crust, as you see. The part of it that’s on the bench is a SPRUE, a funnel for the molten steel, but hold on…
This is the oven that melts the wax out. The wax flows into an Unseen Bucket, leaving the ceramic molds ready for the molten steel. IF the process interests you and you haven’t seen our short live video on making lugs, it is here.
If that’s not a real link it’s because I don’t k now how, but if you want to see it, go to
HOME PAGE—Learn—videos—how lugs are made
This is a bucket of molybdenum, which is the Mo in CrMo (chromium-molybdenum). The lugs are made not of CrMo steel, but a springier variation that also uses Mo (and Si, and C, and other alloying elements). All steel (incl the lugs) is made from Rocks. The base rock is iron ore, which is refined into iron by crushing, then using magnets to lift the iron part out of the other stuff. It’s all simple and fascinating and fun to know that your steel bike is made of rocks. No wonder it’s so good.
Here’s a neat casting, of course made of rocks, but I bet zero dollars you can’t tell what it is. Keep it internal, I can’t grade papers or emails, but whatever it is or isn’t, it IS juicy. Is any part of any carbon fiber bike this preutiful?
Tomorrow or at least before the end of the week, Dave’ll post more stuff. One in particular will be a hoot. A gray and cream one! ——————
AUTISM ALERT: In the March 9 issue of the New York Times (Sunday only) Magazine there’s a good story about Owen Suskind, the now 21-year old autistic son of his dad-the-author-of-the-story Ron. It’s called Animating Owen, might be available online. My wife read it first, I didn’t have time, so I asked her to sum it up for me, and she said, “No, I can’t, you just have to read it.” Same goes here, but with autism so common and so not-understood by so many who aren’t personally connected to somebody with it, this story may be your first and last best shot at a peek into that world and a chance for understanding something about it. I don’t know who Ron Suskind is, but man, can he write.
Some good things are happening here. Nothing huge or easy, no chestful of loot in the lap or anything even close to that; just some good projects we’re super excited about, things that are right up our alley and tend to make life here on the fun side of good. The Cheviot is one of them. Most of us here think it’s our best-ever bike (in qualified ways, but let me enjoy that statement without dragging it down with qualifications. In fact, even saying that took some fun out of it, so to end this on an upnote: In MOST ways, the Cheviot is our best bike. It’s more off-the-track than others, has more potential to do more good for more people, if they just get over the hurdle of, you know, the mixte thing.———— G
It comes in three sizes that fit most riders. Above is the 55cm, our medium. It also comes in 50cm and 60cm.
Our very own Nitto Albatross handlebars come standard. We designed the bars first, then the bike around them. It’s safe to say these bars work great on this bike. The photo above has thumb shifters, it’s an easy upgrade, just ask.
We have a long tradition of great headbadges. Real metal headbadges are making a comeback on bikes, and that’s great! This one features a Cheviot. It’s a sheep. Also a Riv tradition… sheep names.
Shhh! We also have gold headbadges. Here you see the Bigmouth sidepull brake, another Rivendell first we developed to fill the need for a really big sidepull. Sidepulls are easier to setup and maintain than cantilevers, and these Bigmouths allow for the nice chubby tires we like. And fenders.
That robot-eye looking thing is the world’s—currently—brightest dyno light, the B&M Luxos. It is powered by the front wheel and is as bright as a car’s headlights.
Here’s that bike from the side. It’s our 50cm “Small” size with a dynamo generator hub, and matching dyno-powered headlight and taillight. That’s right, both are wired to the front hub. Expect to add a few hundred bucks to your order if you wanna go dyno. The Nitto Big Rear Rack is another Riv exclusive. You can clip panniers on the side and use the top for a basket or lashing on other bags. This one has Bosco handlebars. They’re like Albatross bars on steroids for folks who need the bars really high and close. This is a good setup for commuting with the dyno lights and pannier rack.
Beauty shot of the Cheviot top-head-lug. Lugs create strong and beautiful joints. They’re all but lost on modern bicycles. On the top of the lug you can barely see the blue heart showing. It’s nice to have something beautiful to see when you look down, even if you should be keeping your eyes on the road.
Kind of an odd closeup. But see that nice subtle bend on that rack-stay? We build the bikes up one at a time, to order, and this is a touch that’s hard to come by. You just don’t see that sort of effort put into rack installations most places. But you’re spending good money here. We appreciate that and we do a good job. It’s brazed on, hence the name. Brazing is simple and elegant.
Where the frame meets the fork you get the joy of two lugs! Actually one is called a “crown.” Just like our lugs, our fork crown is our very own proprietary design that not only makes the bike perform better, it looks great, and sets your Rivendell apart from anything else out there. It’s another one of those “nice things to look down at” while riding features. Also notice how effortlessly that fender fits in there. It’s not squeezed in the fork or brake, and no spacers required.
Here you see the flying Cheviot seat tube decal. Cheviots (pronounced shev-eeee-uht) are white-faced sheep from mainly Scotland and less-so elsewhere. You can eat them, but they’re better known for their wool. They have stupendous rot-resistant bog hoofs, also portrayed on the decals. Don’t pronounce it Chevy-ooh in your best French accent. Say Cheviot in your best Scottish accent.
Here ‘dem hoofs. Also one of the fanciest lugs in our lineup, the mixte seat lug with blue heart. The conspicuous lack of top tube makes it easier to get on, lets lots of different sized folks ride the same bike (great for families that grow kids).
Very nice decals designed by first-customer then-friend now-designer Olivier. He also took all these photos. Nice work chap!
Here’s the left side, or in bike parlance: non-drive-side. The decal is blue with the phonetic Cheviot spelling (aka Cheviut) a) because we’re weird like that and b) so when people stop you on the street and ask if your Chevyoh is like their Bleriot, you can say no no monsieur it’s CHEVIUT. Get the net!
Here’s the view from the top. Looking down, albeit out of focus down below, you get to look at the graceful bends of our Nitto Albatross bars, the blue heart of the top lug and the beautiful “batwing” fork crown.
Currently we only have these three samples but now confirmed that our first shipment of Cheviots hits the water on Tuesday February 11th. That’s eleven days behind schedule, but you know the adage… good things….
Complete bikes start at $2650 with our standard parts package which includes Albatross bars, Sneaker pedals and a Brooks B17 Saddle. The 60cm Cheviot above has fenders, racks, a basket and a bell. That brings it up to $3007. There are cheaper good racks out there and you can put the fenders on yourself to save a little more if money’s tight. Call us. We can build up something just for you.
Are you small? We want your business! We have lots of small bike frames in stock. But on the real small end of the spectrum we ARE NOT reordering for summer. So what we’ve got now is it for the season. Small Homers, Salukis, Sams, Cheviots (coming soon).
We’re not abandoning you, no! We sit on the small ones for YEARS though… I mean, when was the last time you heard us utter the word Saluki? Yep there’s a 47 with your name on it.
Great time to buy a Sam. Two colors to choose from. Build kit prices going up NEXT WEEK. Next is shipment in June… so if you need a bike for the season read up. - Dave
The Sam Fleet. Enough sizes to fit most people. All sizes in stock!
Sam Hillborne is a beautiful bicycle with smart features that make it practical and reliable at a price most working adults can stomach. And unlike this year’s comparably priced laptop or tv model, it won’t be broken or obsolete in three years. It’s a lifer. Beautiful, smart, practical, reliable and in its own way economical.
Sam Hillborne is a bike with a human name.
Any self-respecting bike needs decals and most bike names are silly anyways, so instead of “seeing what sticks” with a name like Excelsior or Executive or Exclusivo, we opted for a normal name. And in America in 2008, Sam Hillborne was a normal name. If you’re a near-normal person with near-normal needs, this will be a great bike for you.
A 58cm Sam Hillborne with Moustache bars.
Since 2008 or so, because of the versatile design and big value, Sam is our best seller. There have been a few minor adjustments to the color and sizing, but now-in-2014 this updated write up should get all the facts straight.
A 55cm Sam with a typical drop handlebar setup. The number one complaint we hear from customers with other drop-bar bikes (popular new ones, most old ones) is that they are too low and far away. Not a problem on a Sam. Easy to get them up, see? You could always go down.
What in Sam Hill is it?
It’s a country bike. That’s what we call it. But most people don’t know what that is exactly so to kowtow to categorization here we go: Road tourer.
We shouldn’t be pigeonholing Sam like this, but for the prospective bike-shopper choosing options in an established category, we could say it’s a “road touring bike.” And it does that one thing better than any other bike we know of (we’ve tried ‘em all).
Sans-racks you’ve got your zippy mountain roadster. Just add racks for loads. Our 55cm, generally called “medium.” In any case our most popular size.
Let’s face it, for most of us, vacation days are precious and few, and full blown tours are quarterly at best. But the features that make Sam a great bike for a carrying food and camping gear and clothing around the country, make it equally smart for weekday commuting and weekend adventuring.
Like reducing your carbon footprint really effectively by cycling to work? Great bike for that. Grocery-getter basket-bike? Nails it! Like birdwatching and taking pictures in the far reaches of your regional parks every Sunday? No better vehicle. Occasional charity ride or big self-affirming road rides? Strip her down and throw some light tires on and off you go.
51cm Sam Hillborne with Albatross Bars.
So yes, you can still use it to pick up groceries after a century ride. It’s also nimble and more than able for fast fire-road rides with the right tires. There are plenty of tires to attire your Sam from gravel-grinding cross tires to light and zippy road slicks to bulletproof commuters. Off-road “expedition” tourers and single trackers should look to our other models like the Atlantis and Hunqapillar. For the rest of you.. Sam.
Everything that makes it a great touring bike also makes it a great commuter, camper or all-rounder.
Here’s some from the archives. If you do it just right, you can photograph bats at night with your flash. We do overnight campouts on Sams all the time. Go camping!
How does he do it?
When you look at touring today, you have many options ranging from factory race bikes with rack mounts to overkill overkill custom expedition fat bikes. They have their places and uses, but for touring (defined here as: “riding from town to town with your stuff, mostly on the road”) we’d say you need the following:
Tough steel frame
Handlebars within reach
Rack Mounts in the right place
Fender Mounts in the right place
Room for big tires
Wiggle room for those big tires
Room for the fenders
Let’s go down that list. It doesn’t get any tougher than lugged steel, and one advantage lugs have that welded frames don’t is that they can be repaired. When you start logging the miles on a bike, you get sentimentally attached, and when you crash it, if it ain’t lugged, into the garbage it goes, a sad fate for the machine you spent a paycheck on years back.
Comfortable saddle: get the Brooks b17. They have a proven reputation (read about it elsewhere) with long distance riders. One thing nobody talks about is that they were designed 100 years ago when seat-tube angles were much slacker and saddles had much shorter useable rail space. Combine those two things and you have the common predicament of not being able to get the Brooks saddle back far enough on a modern road geometry. If that’s speaking Martian to you, take away this: Designed for the B17. Other saddles work fine too.
58cm Sam with a Brooks B.17 Saddle. Notice easy high bars.
Research all you want, any competition we have out there doesn’t put the bar-exit point high enough. Bar exit height should be listed on every bike’s geometry charts. Visualize it from where the stem comes out of the headset to the ground.
Discomfort, the number one reason we get referrals from local shops, their customers want the handlebars higher and closer and nothing they have in stock gets them there. When it’s too low, all your weight is on your hands and your position on the bike is more standing, less sitting. After a few hours, it’s miserable. For quick fast jams on a race bike, this is okay, but all day… uck. Lower back pain, taco neck, pins & needles, crackly joints, why do that to yourself? To those who just caught the touring bug, trust us on this one, for veteran touristos, duh.
Rack and fender mounts (called braze-ons in our case) are in the right place for our racks and regular ol’ generic bike-shop touring racks.
Sam Hillborne fits 40mm+ tires and fenders with wiggle room. You might be in the skinny tire camp but you’ll come around and thank us for the flexibility. Don’t need fenders? Fine, you can now put 45mm tires (even some 50s with the right rims and brakes). The best road touring tires out there generally tick in around 38mm. Even with a fender you have room so if you hit a blind pothole and dent your rim (hard to do with a big tire, but possible) the wheel doesn’t jam against the frame. Wiggle room is essential in a touring frame.
Where are they made?
That’s the Pacific Ocean in the middle there.
Sam Hillbornes are made in Taiwan at a factory we visit regularly that has the cleanest facilities and strictest quality control of any we’ve seen. And the Sam demands their best brazers, doing their best work.
Taiwan is the steel and bicycle capital of the world and it’s no surprise that they can produce great frames at impossible to beat prices, while maintaining clean and happy work environments. Our American made frames cost more and have some frilly details we won’t even go into mentioning here. Both the imported and domestic frames qualify under our banner of best bikes in the world.
The frames are inspected, prepped and assembled into complete bikes here in Walnut Creek California. When you call to change a part, we just run across the building. It’s a small operation. You’ll get excellent service.
These are some of the guys you’ll likely talk to. Mechanics and salesmen, a few friends in there too.
When can I get one?
Timing is always subject to change, but if it’s in-stock, (call now to see 800-345-3918) there’s a two week turnaround on the build and maybe another few days to pack and ship it. We do the best assemblies that are worth the time. Our staff is here till the end guiding you through the parts and sizing. You’ll get the right bike.
Sometimes you’ll call when we’ve sold out of your size. It might be a few months (really) depending on a number of circumstances. Call 800 345 3918 for current availability. The earlier you get the ball rolling on this, the better it will work out for the whole process. A good time to call would be… now.
Why is it better than my old steel road bike?
Der schlopping tope tube. Now and then the Sam and other frames make a little stir in the “classic” bike community for it’s sloping top tube (it slopes UP from the seat-lug to the top head-lug) which some say “isn’t traditional.” Sloping top tubes have been around as long if not longer than flat or even down-slopers. But we don’t need to defend it, the slope is a back saver and means that you can go longer and farther without suffering.
So many cheap production steel bikes exist with the stock-level tubage they’ve become what people associate with normal, but there’s no advantage to low bars. Wake up! It’s an advantage! Form follows function here, and function is beautiful. See it? If you insist on low bars… you can have that too, it’s just a few turns of a stem bolt. Slam away, raise them up, go hog wild till you find the bar height right for you.
Here’s a Sam in a discontinued color, but you get the idea. Where the stem comes out of the headtube there, you have more flexibility to perfect your handlebar height than any other bike we know of. Part of the advantage is the threaded steerer, all but gone from 99% of bikes being made today.
The Sam’s "expanded" design gives you high handlebars easier, best for comfort and looooong rides. It’s the opposite of the downer you see on some old track bikes and triathlon bikes. The downer looks fast in pictures and gives a theoretical aerodynamic advantage in sprints on manicured surfaces (what those bikes are good for) but in a touring or just-having-fun application, they’re just…. a downer. “Chin up cobber!” Lots of small bikes have upslopers already. Big bikes suffer when they don’t.
The expanded design means that Sam has a big head tube compared to most bikes. When that head tube gets really big, we stick in a second top tube to brace the frame. It should really be heretofore called a mid tube, but double tube stuck. This keeps it from flexing too much under load. When you’ve got front and back loads and an adult human on the bike, too much flex is bad. It makes descending scary. It makes climbing awkward. A little flex is fine, some say desirable, on an unloaded sprinter, but on the long-hauler it sucks.
So buy one already. We have all sizes at the time of this posting. 800 345 3918. We’ll make one that’s just right for you. Order before February first and save on the parts before our annual price adjustment.
seat lug, pretty normal, but the angle of the seat stays coming off the lug suggests long chainstays…It’s a small frame, too.
There was no room at the head tube for a normal diagatube, so…twin skinnies for the diags. The creative head tube connection coming right up.
Here’s the solution-connection.
…and here’s Liesl’s frame. Liesl’s been so great and so patient throughout. It was a challenging frame to design. Small frame, fat tire clearance, didn’t want a mixte, everthing gets scrunched…Mark N. dove into it and helped where my contribution ended, and we love this frame, and Liesl. Now to Joe Bell, and holy moses let the color be right. Reclarify with Mark, Liesl…and be flexible within a range. It’ll be cool, and the only one like it! The weather stinks in the TC now, anyway. You’ll have it when the snow’s gone!
Looking at the sales totals for last year, I’ve compiled this list of the best and worst sellers of 2013. Which is which? Who cares! To celebrate the winners and get rid of those losers it’s all on sale to get us through the slowest weeks of the year.
Web sales only, use the coupon code bestorworst just like that at checkout to get the discount. While supplies last.. the usual.
Cheviot Presale Extended! You have till February 1st to lock in 2013 pricing.
Call now 800-345-3918 to lock in presale pricing on the frame and the 2013 Build Kit prices. A few hundred bucks in savings before it all goes up in February. Don’t miss your chance. Build kit deadline extended too.
BART station light pole base puzzle...and the Cheviot (chevy-ut)
This picture is the bottom/base of a Walnut Creek BART station light pole, but the thing is, it could be any of hundreds or at least a hundred of crumpled BART light pole bases. The question I’ve had for decades (three…) is: How does it happen? I can’t imagine anybody bashing them with a hammer. It wouldn’t happen in the daytime. A crazy nocturnal angry-man? One who manages to travel around to the assorted BART stations when BART’s closed? If you’re local, check out the BART poles at the outside stations. I’m sure there are smooth, uncaved in ones somewhere, but I don’t recall seeing one. This one is typical.
I like the look, but I didn’t do it.
Two days ago we got in three sample Cheviot frames, one each of the sizes we gonna offer: 50/650B wheel, 55/650B wheel, and 60/700C. Mark assembled this 55.
The drive-side decal spell Cheviot properly, and is cream.
The left side decal is blue, because we liked both colors and couldn’t decide. This is the phonetic spelling, so you won’t be tempted to think it’s a French word and drop the “t” at the end. The intentional misspelling combined with a different left and right side color may be a first, but that’s not what we were shooting for. No doubt it will scare off a few, which is also not the intent.
Mark did this. Not quite over-the-top, but just right. That’s navy blue twine there, not black electrical tape.
More blue twine here. Needs a black foot. It wouldn’t match the tape twine, which by now you know is navy, but it would match the derailer cage, derailer clamp, and tires..and the saddle too, if it were black. The first build-ups (for the unveiling) generally get the full-dandy treatment, but don’t underestimate the Cheviot on accounta dat. If you’re local, please ride it. ..Anyway, I hope it’s fine to say we think it’s a beautiful bike with lots of invisible beauty masquerading as secret function,
Here you can see both decals at once. The orange is a slightly burnt orange.
The lug fills are blue. Not all lugs are filled, but you know what? It’s not hard to do; absolutely is a home-job. A drop or two of nail polish or model paint, and bazinga! We don’t have a color code for the blue. It’s “eyeball blue.”
The fork has a nice bend and taper, and the dropouts have two eyelets.
In Roman times, the Wing-ed sheep was a symbol of strength, virility, and sensitivity…not to mention wisdom, kindness, and empathy. This is my sense of it, but of what else could it be a symbol of?
The crown got blue details. Almost mixed blue and cream, but Olivier Chetelat, who did the decals and head badge art, thought it looked funny, and I/Grant tend to believe him in all matters like this. I’ll ask him about the sheep. I picked the bikes name/mascot. Now that we no longer have a Rambouillet, and most sheep-breed names weren’t good enough…
The two-strut rack isn’t stock, but Mark-Brian-Jared will do it on reque$t. Cream fender: A good choice for this bike. Bikes CAN be too overcoiffed, but cream looks pretty normal on this bike. Silver’s the other option, that would be fine, too. Blue and cream checkerboard—-no.
Here’s the head badge. My, what a spectacularly clear photo that is. I really had no idea. It’s a Sony X100 camera, I think. A small black one with a Zeiss lens and far more capability than I am able to take advantage of, but that’s always the case with cameras, isn’t it? BIkes, too. Hatchets, too. Almost everything, too.
That is a Cheviot sheep. Most are hornless, but not all are, and Andrew Denman drew a hormed one from a photograph he took, so if you fancy yourself an internet-educated sheep expert and were about to cry foul at the horns…no need!
At some point soon Dave will make up a plan to offer a kind of early buyer discount, to help us pay for the order. It’s a beautiful bike. Same as the Betty, but longer chainstays. No noticeble difference in the ride, but it can’t hurt.
IN a day or today I’ll shoot the kickstand and handlebars, both wrapped carefully and in colors that go with the bike.
Get a good deal on a great bike.
Plop down $1225 for the frame to lock in the “old price.” When they arrive the price is going up… how much? Dunno. Depends on a few things but we can’t announce it yet. In short costs when up. So prepaying is your ticket to a smashing deal on this new orange mixte. We won’t make a whole lot on your presold frame, but you help us pay our bills and that’s good, so don’t feel bad!
Let’s sweeten it even more… prepay before January 10th and we’ll throw in a free kickstand.
Also! The parts! Build kit prices are going up too on the 10th. They’re currently too low if you do the math… the prices of the individual parts went up over the past few years and we never properly adjusted the build kit price. Again, we can’t say exactly how much, but if you prebuy the frame and spec it out with a build kit before the 10th you’re looking at saving a few HUNDRED bucks on the total.
The only way to get one is to call us 800-345-3918 or 925-933-7304.
It’s at 1601 North Main #101, 22 feet north of Radio Shack and next to the Clip Joynte barber shop.
"Grand Opening" is kind of a generic term and not to be taken too seriously. Some are Grand, but ours will be low key. No live music—we tried, but conflictions…just didn’t work out. No alcohol, because we’re too cheap to pay $180 for a permit. Snacks like cheese, salami, and pickles—-for vegaarians, and mayb, if we can get it, some vegan cheese. Dive in! And some high carb fudge, a seasonal evil around here. Made in Kentucky by a gaggle of Trappist Monks. It will be fingery food.
Nuts———we’ll have some of them, too. Do you like nuts? Shelled or in the shell? Salted or not? Raw or r-r-r-r-r-roasted?
We’ll try to have some nice things.
My sister and niece and nephew may attend. My mother-in-law will be there for sure, with a couple of her friends, all of whom will smile nervously at all the hatchets.
We don’t know how many people will be there. No idea. We expect Manny will show up with some others in tow. Hey, Manny!
It’s a small place with nothing bad in it. Your presence, if you can make it, will be sooo appreciated.
John will be down from Oregon, and will be the DJ. All LPs all the time. Some records will be ones I bought in Berkeley when I was 15, 16… It feels odd to be hearing the same scratches and skips more than 40 years later.
Join us Saturday December 14, 2013 for our Grand Opening!
The party starts at 4pm. We will have live music, giveaways, a large raffle, feats of strength and pretty bikes.
Rivendell Bike, Book & Hatchet 1601 North Main Street Suite 101 Walnut Creek, CA 94596 (925) We-R-RBBH
Doors have been open since mid October, sales are chugging along. It’s a whole new crowd coming in, not just customers who know who we are. And a few bought bikes, on the spot. We are minimizing our existing showroom at 2040 N. Main just up the street and steering folks to the shining well-lit, heated showroom downtown. If you want to pick something up in person, this is the new place to do it.
Rivendell Bike Book & Hatchet Grand Opening
Saturday December 14, 2013 @ 4pm-7pm
Take BART to Walnut Creek Station, head down Ygnacio and hook a right on North Main Street. We’re next door to RadioShak and across the street from Stadium Pub. There is plenty to do in the area; restaurants, pubs, bike paths, tougher rides up Mt. Diablo, shopping. Basically, your family won’t be bored while you geek out on hatchets and wait for the raffle. The big main pedestrian mall is a few blocks down the street. We look forward to seeing you there.