Rivendell Atlantis

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2005 Rivendell Atlantis

As I mentioned in the post about my Safari these entries are based on the bicycle pages on my old Those Who Look at the Sunset website. My whole philosophy of cycling evolved from touring – I’d been reading tourist accounts and started off quite practical.  I came to Rivendell from that stance and their focus on practical, durable and elegant really matched up with me.  After I’d come to the conclusion that my Safari didn’t really fit I bought an Atlantis and it was such a revelation.  I’ve of course written all about this bicycle, the tours I’ve taken on it and posted countless photos of it throughout these pages. This post reflects the original state of the bicycle when I got it. That picture above was taken before I’d even ridden the bicycle – see how shiny new everything is and I hadn’t even put on the Hobo Bag yet. You can see a few more of these pre-ride pictures by following this tag: Virign Atlantis.

Check out more of these early pictures plus many more on my Atlantis gallery.

2005 Rivendell Atlantis 58cm

Custom Paint: Pea Sage Green with Cream highlights
Handlebars: Nitto Mustache
Stem: Nitto Technomic Dlx (8cm)
Shifters: Dura Ace 9 sp Bar End
Brakes: NOS Canti Deore
Brake Levers: Shimano 600 Levers
Bottom Bracket: Shimano 113
Crank: Sugino XD2 170 46/36/24
Front Derailleur: Shimano 105, Triple
Pedals: Shimano M324 platform/SPD
Seatpost: Nitto Jaguar/Frog
Saddle: Brooks b.17
Rear Derailleur: Rear Shimano Deore 2002
Rear Wheel: 700c R 36H Deore Hub / Velocity Synergy Rim
Cassette: Shimano Deore HG50 9spd 11-32
Front Wheel: 700c F 36H Deore Hub / Velocity Synergy Rim
Front Rack: Nitto/Rivendel Front 700c
Rear Rack: Nitto/Rivendell Rear, Large
Tires: Pasela 700×37 K/TG
Handelbar Tape: Yellow Cloth, Amber Shellaced
Handlebar Bag: Rivendell Baggins Hobo
Seat Bag: Berthoud Micro Seat bag
Fenders: Berthoud Stainless Steel Fenders
Mud Flaps: Berthoud Leather Mudflaps
Computer: CatEye Enduro
Waterbottle Cage: King water bottle cage


4 thoughts on “Rivendell Atlantis”

  1. Robert, I’m loving this site, and that Rivendell is the perfect bike. You know, it’s interesting, I also am into cycling, but where your starting point was touring, mine really was commuting to work. And I totally am into the practical side of things as well. I do finally have a touring bike as well now (built up from a Surly Long Haul Trucker frame), but it’s interesting to note that my first non-mountain bike as an adult was also a Novara, but their commuting model, a Novara “Fusion.” I still have it, but I think I may replace it at some point. Actually, I’ve probably acquired too many bikes over the last few years. I have 5, and they all supposedly serve different purposes, but with the most recent one being the versatile touring bike, I can probably drop one of them. On top of the modified Fusion and the LHT, I have an old Raleigh Sports (1971), a steel road bike built up with a hodgepodge of parts, and a 29er single speed mountain bike built up from a Vassago Jabberwocky frame (primarily for nighttime meditative rides). I still live out here in Arlington, VA. Maybe I’ll see you again sometime if I come out west. Definitely look me up if you tour out east or something. Peace.

  2. Hey Scott, really good to hear from you. Interestingly enough I was just thinking about you as I’ve been going through a massive stuff reduction and buried in a box I found the copy of Flux you made for me. I spent a bit of time thumbing through the rules and looking at all the pieces – a truly heroic amount of work; it’s definitely a regret of mine that I never got to play your more developed versions of the game.

    Touring really was the beginning of my cycling thinking (well really bombing around on dirt bikes as kid, but you know what I mean), but I too really started off with commuting. I’d been wanting to tour since I was young and I always was thinking about it but never actually did it. While I was working at Housing there were so many avid cyclists that pressured everyone to ride in, so eventually I started doing that. Once I got my computer job it became obvious that the massive amount of time one spent sitting was highly detrimental, but it was hard to work in any activity into such a busy schedule. So naturally I returned to commuting and then finally started touring.

    Anyway, great to hear from you, hope all is well out there in Arlington. Good to hear you are still cycling, I remember your tails of commuting in Chicago for months with no seat on your bicycle 🙂 I definitely hope to ride cross country sometime, so maybe we will hook up again. And of course if you ever come out west, look me up.


  3. I think my seat of my bike was stolen a couple of times in Chicago, but my distances were short enough that it wouldn’t be a big deal to go a day or two without a seat. The version of Flux my brother had was much better. I did think of a new simple game a while back, and was thinking of doing it. It’s based on these long car trips with groups. (I am married with a nine-year old son, so there is the motivation). You know, you have some car games like Alphabet and such. (We’ve come up with some numbers-based math ones that are a little more interesting) Well, my idea is a card game where you make a deck from a larger group of cards in which the cards primarily contain items you might see on a road trip, and you try to find the things on the cards in a way that leads to more points than your opponents. But there is a lot of thinking about probability and there is a good bit of rule-geeking too, with some interaction with the other players’ decks. You would be a good person to run it by as I try to figure it out.

    If you do come across the country, I maybe could meet you somewhere, even if you don’t come to DC. There’s a pretty famous cross-country route that goes through Charlottesville, VA, where I have two siblings going to UVA grad school for the next couple year. It’s only 130 miles or so from here. We could do a day or two cycling together if you come close enough. I’ll be west some time (though no immediate plans), but it hard to imagine being able to cycle across the country until I retire (or totally change work situation) and my son moves out.

  4. Always down with some rule geeking; I’d love to check it out as you work on it. I dearly miss game playing, but now and again I still think about game making. I sort of reached an endpoint with my meta-game concepts at one point but it was so much work to actually develop all the constitute parts that I’ve mostly just thought about it and never actually produced the game. Part of why seeing how much stuff was in Flux, both material wise as well as the extensive ruleset was an effort that I recognized as heroic. Maybe that’s what I’ll do when I retire…

    Finding the time is always the tough part for touring, and I’ve read plenty of journals of people who do epic tours after they retire. Wish I’d done some when I was younger and carefree. I’m going to do my damnedest to ride cross-country in the next couple of years though and would definitely love to do some riding if we can work it out.

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