The Saluki has landed! I'm the proud owner of a 2005 (very purple) Rivendell Saluki. This all started back on Jan 27th with a post on the RBW Google group listing a 60cm, Canti-brake Saluki with some extra's in the Bay area. After a fairly lengthy exchange and several best of intentions attempts to pick up the bike in person during a business trip that kept getting postponed and eventually cancelled I picked up the bike at the local FedEx today. For those keeping score I sold the 64cm Atlantis to fund this indulgence and it actually worked out to be a very nearly even trade (though it took 2 month's and alot of electronic hustling to make it happen). Well worth the effort as I rolled out of the driveway this evening for a short inaugural spin around the neighborhood.
I have alot of riding planned for the upcoming weekend and hopefully the next wave of bad weather next week is here and gone quickly so I can keep getting out there on the new Saluki. About the color.... Agapanthus Purple, better known as Lavendar... it's pretty darn lavender. It's a stunning bike in person but I'm not completely sold on the color. There are options to get around that of course but I'm going to live with it a bit and see how it does/doesn't grow on me.
Here is the unboxing, and a couple shots after my ride. You may notice that I managed to immediately get it dirty on the .5 mile dirt trail near my house. That is just a small bit of what's to come, this bike will get used! (of course I wiped it down quickly after taking the pictures!)
|Now this is what you want to see opening a bike box! :) NITTO|
|The seller had the bike professionally packed, I can't really argue with the results but seeing the job they did made me feel pretty good about how I did with the Atlantis. I guess packing up bikes isn't rocket science.|
|Free at last!|
|Both front and rear dropouts had a nice hard plastic stiffner in there to keep the shape. Only down side was I caught some paint flaking on the rear dropouts when I took them out as they were very tight in the Riv dropouts...|
|Just a bit mudded up... Trek 650B in the background.|
|Plenty of hi-vis tape on the bike, and a bit of downtube mud|
|The Royal Pup... this may be the first bike I name... got to be a female name, and I'm leaning towards Agatha or Aggie... as in Aggie the Agapanthus Purple Saluki.... :)|