This just in! Orders over $75 ship for F R E E !

Greetings from the Shipping Department,

You hollered, we listened. Effective June 5, 2014, orders over $75 will ship for free! It’s been a long time coming, and has required some trial and error, but we’ve finally found shipping methods that work really well for us. And for you.

Orders between $75 and $150 will ship via UPS SurePost. What the heck is SurePost, you ask? It’s a collaborative effort between UPS and USPS— UPS picks up our packages, delivers it to your nearest Post Office, and USPS delivers it to you. It’s a pretty sweet relationship. And orders over $150 will continue to ship via UPS Ground (with the exception of larger, high-value orders, like bikes and wheels and so on). As usual, if you need your order more quickly, please feel free to choose 3-day, 2-day, or next-day service when you checkout.

Thanks for all your patience and feedback while we’ve worked on figuring this all out. Most shipping-related questions can be answered here. Any other inquiries, feel free to drop me/Jenny a line: jenny AT rivbike DOT com.

Keep the orders coming!

Your pal,
—jenny @ RBW

Pony Express advert from 1860 & Mt. Diablo postcard featuring Lassie & Timmy about 100 years later. Things were a tad different back then…


This is often what can be seen in the shipping department the first day back after a long weekend, or at the end of a really good day.

We have some exciting shipping news coming very soon, so stay tuned!

—jenny @ RBW

Hey now! We got some candi-stripe undies in stock.  They’re our own development, but not too far off the classic wool long johns of yore, with the red stripes and all. If you got one of our purple striped crew shirts, you know the fabric. Same stuff.

210 gram wool, it’s stretchy. If the Cat in the Hat wore bottoms these would be his first choice. Get ‘em before the staff snaps up all the larges! They run a tid small, so if you’re worried about too-tight briefiness, buy a size or two up and treat them like boxers.

Red stripe undies.

GROJ Sale This Saturday at 9am

Riv’s annual Get Rid Of Junk sale this week!

2040 N. Main St. #19


Then business as usual 10am-4pm. Bike Book & Hatchet at 1601 N. Main St. (three blocks away) is having an after-sale, with everything in the store 10% off.

In for a new set of brakepads and tires is an older production Saluki with some signs of love as a daily commuter with gentle beausage. Every thing is understated but primo. Only thing missing from this real-world ride is her trusty SaddleSack.

It’s a great city bike setup for a smaller rider who doesn’t weigh much. The aluminum albatross cockpit is very light by cockpit standards. The frame is stout, but there’s no fat. And while we usually send commuters out with tougher rims and tires, when you weigh a scant 105 pounds, you can still get away with carrying 25 pounds of food over city streets on a featherweight wheelset so long as your tires are chubby enough (these are 38mm). Rich-built DT Swiss 340 hubs and w/ Velocity A23 wheelset makes it a true cat-5 race machine. Bolt-on German tail-light and MKS platform pedals with reflectors are no-brainers for the stop-start city commutes.

We used to sell these pari-moto tires but they’ve been discontinued, so we’ll be replacing this bald pair with our new ultralight 650b x 42mm Soma GRs.  She managed zero flats in a year of commuting on those light tires on her route so we think they’ll be fine.

Saluki is what we used to call our A. Homer Hilsen in smaller sizes.

We have just a few 47cm and 50cm size NOS Saluki a.k.a. A.HomerHilsen frames left. If you like this one…. call us 800 345 3918.


Our in-house beverage technician demonstrates how to boil up some water in a jiffy using our Trangia Cookset. Good for cooking almost anything under the sun.

Plenty currently in stock -


We also have a pared down version. Great for s24o’ing & trailer living -


Above: Photos from past Garage Sale when our building was still blue. Keven reacts to the question “how much does this bag weigh?”

Mark your calendars. Annual Rivendell Garage Sale June 7, 9am.

As is, cash sales only, no returns. Mostly stuff under $100 like handlebars and clothing and various parts, but some frames, maybe a bike or two.


Ike Bike Like

We got these tiny B&M Eyc lights in, selling fast at a bargain price of $76.


Quarter not included. The light pairs well with these web special shimano dyno wheels. Superb hubs, just not the latest generation.


Made in-house by Rich.


RBW Jared Middleboro, Mass. 1998, voiding his frame warranty.