My first adult bike. I'd been toying with the idea of having a bike for years, and after listening to D talk about going on rides and seeing a cute bike in the window next to coffee shop, I finally decided that I needed a bike of my own. I didn't actually get that original bike I saw, but I've had a lot of fun with this one. At first I used it primarily for commuting, but after I got my job and moved, it couldn't handle the 8 mile and then the 15 mile commute. Now it's my "beater" bike in the sense that it's the bike I'm least uncomfortable leaving locked outside. I ride it mostly to the Metro (and leave it with 2 U-locks), but it's also served as a more than capable grocery getter. More details here.
|Wilma, short for Giuglielma|
This was kind of an unplanned purchase, though I was already familiar with Bromptons since D has one. D told me about this new demo at his local bike shop so I wanted to see it (as you do), and while we were checking it out one of the salespeople offered a one-day deal on it. We left and sat in the car and thought long and hard about it, then went back and got it. I can't stress enough how much I love this bike. The main selling point was its usefulness for a multi-modal commute, but it's just so much fun to ride that it's become my primary exploring bike as well.
|Richard, partner of Hyacinth|
Rivendell Betty Foy
Note: D and I actually finished putting to together the bike in April 2015! My bike is in DC now, and I wrote up my first week of riding here. I'll have more to blog about for sure, but for now I'll leave this up as a historical document (though I updated the running list to reflect that I've got everything).
I wasn't actually planning on getting this bike for a few years, but when Rivendell decided to start making the Cheviot and retire the Betty Foy, I panicked and called all over the place looking for the frame (D actually found it).
There's a longer story that I may write up later about, but for now the frame lives in a box in D's living room, and it will be at least a year before D and I (mostly D) will be able to build up.
|She shall be called "Epona"|
Here's the running list things I'll need to finish it, with date of purchase in parentheses:
Handlebars(January 2014) Stem(November 2014) Brake levers(November 2014) Grips(January 2014) Shifters(November 2014) Brakes(January 2015) Crank(November 2014) Wheelset(December 2014) Tires(January 2015) Tubes(January 2015) Rim tape(January 2015) Front derailer(November 2014) Rear derailer(November 2014) Bottom bracket(came with frame) Headset(came with frame) Cassette(November 2014) Chain(January 2015) Saddle(February 2015) Seatpost(came with frame) Pedals(January 2014) Fenders(January 2015) Front rack(January 2014) Basket(January 2014) Rear Rack(January 2015) Kickstand(February 2015)
When it's complete, I plan to use it to ride my entire commute, longer-range exploration.
|Some items from my November 2014 package -- so close, and yet so far!|