Bicycles

It’s all downhill after double digits

My Rivendell Atlantis at Ten Years February 2005 my Rivendell Atlantis that I had ordered late 2004 arrived at my apartment in Woodinville, making it ten years old today. In the intervening years I have ridden this bicycle nearly 40,000 miles on many hundreds of commute trips, hundreds of errands, all over Washington State, across the country, into Canada, over the entirety of the Cascade Mountain range and most of the Sierra’s, in Seattle, San…

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420/Easter Ramble

Atlantis at the Ballard Locks It’s rare that these two significant holidays occur on the same day but instead of celebrating either I went for a rambling ride along Seattle waterways. The weekend had been rather grey and rainy and Sunday was expected to be similar but with that spring like character of occasional sun breaks. I’d been hankering for a ride as I’d spent the last weekend (which, of course, had been the nicest…

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Behold!

My new (to me) Rivendell Quickbeam Upon my return from Bar Harbor after my cross country tour I found myself without my trusty Atlantis for over three weeks.  Up to that point my one bicycle lifestyle had served me well.  While a bit of a break from riding after the tour was acceptable by week two I was itching to ride around my new hometown of Olympia. I began scouring Craigslist for interesting, affordable options…

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Rivendell Atlantis

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…

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Bicycling in Japan

A typical bicycle in front of a gate in Kyoto Japan. As I’ve mentioned previously this September I spent nearly two weeks in Japan.  I’d gone over to see the Amplify 2008: Light music festival and didn’t do any cycling while I was there.  However Japan is one of the worlds great cycling cultures so I was very interested in it while I was there. I visited Tokyo and Kyoto while I was there and…

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Bicycles Tour2008

I would ride 10,000 miles

So while on the trek described in the previous post, I rolled my odometer on the Atlantis to 10,000 miles. Sure some people ride that every year (or more) but its taken me around 2.5 years to hit that goal.  My Atlantis is all grown up now.  Also seems to have hit some sort of limit on the various mid-range components. Lots of stuff seems to be getting worn at about this point. I’ll probably…

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