56cm Rivendell Romulus - $950
- Not mine. Pix on link.
Rivendell Romulus 56cm steel road bike in metallic baby blue.
(Currently with orange tires and handlebar tape).
If you're looking at this auction chances are you probably don't need an
introduction to Rivendell bicycles. People who are into them are nuts
about them. If you don't know them: they make very high-end steel bikes
based on a "classic" (first half of the 20th century) philosophy of
bike design. Their bikes are often very close to the geometry of old
French city/country bikes. If you want to know more:
The Romulus has a "classic" (pre-late-80s) road bike geometry and takes
700c wheels. It's their version of a normal road bike, designed for
road riding and randonneuring (light touring). Beautiful braised lugs
at all joints. It was discontinued a number of years ago (2005?),
replaced first by the Rambouillet, and now by the Roadeo and the Sam
Hillborne. (Note: the Sam Hillborne is one of their cheapest bikes and
it costs $1250 just for the frame & fork alone.)
Components are a mix of Shimano Dura Ace, Ultegra, and 105, with some
Sugino and Nitto:
Front Derailleur: Dura Ace
Rear Derailleur: Ultegra
Crankset & Triple front chainring: Sugino
Downtube Shifters: Dura Ace
Bottom bracket: don't know
Wheelset: Cane Creek "Aero Head" aero rims w/ heavy-duty spokes
Hubs: Came Creek hubs, don't know the model name by they are an absolute
work of art (see photos).
Handlebars: Nitto "Classic" road bars, model #115
Stem: Technomic quill
Pedals: Shimano SPD
Seat: Selle Italia -- superlight, stitched leather.
The bike has been very lightly used by me since I purchased it in 2006.
I used it for a couple of light tours around the bay area, but wound up
needing a "heavy" touring bike for a trip to Japan (100lbs gear) -- so I
built up a cross bike as a tourer for that trip. Since then, I tend
take the heavier cross bike on touring trips -- and I just can't justify
owning such a gorgeous "ride-me" bicycle, just to leave it sitting
around idle in my apartment. It breaks my heart to do it, but it's time
to pass this bike on to someone else who will ride it like it deserves
The bike is in excellent overall condition. There are a few small nicks
and scuffs on the paint job here and there as can be expected from
regular use -- but it's never been crashed, is mechanically in great
shape, and is light, super fast, and ready to ride. It has been stored
inside and babied with essentially no use for the last 3 years.
Also -- I have a long torso relative to my legs, so the bike is set up
with a long quill stem. If that does not match your ergonomic needs, I
will include a shorter quill stem (same type, technomic) for free if you
need it, I have a couple of shorter sizes to choose from. (You will
have to install it yourself, though).
I live close to 24th & Valencia street in the Mission -- I will be
in and out running errands over the weekend, but if you'd like to drop
by to see / ride the bike give me a ring and we can work out a time this
I have one buyer in line so far who can't see the bike till Monday but
who was very interested in it -- so I will probably offer him right of
first refusal Monday, then offer the bike to everyone else in order of
who contacts me first.
Price: $950 --- this is probably one of the cheapest prices for a
Rivendell bike you can find these days....
(Pictures speak for themselves...)
I will update this post with a link to more pictures, just don't have
them up on a website yet --
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