"the original light blue color"
Lou, I can't recall any RS Riv's painted in the Spring Valley shop. Was this bike originally painted by Joe Bell, or another? And the re-paint?
There was a time when Rivendell's were painted a light blue that was exceedingly lustrous. Recently, I watched a Brando film, "The Fugitive Kind," and the Brando lead described a type of bird, a light blue bird, said to sleep in the wind. I asked myself, "hmmm, was the blue that once came on Rivendells lighter than the light blue birds that sleep in the wind?" And then I thought, hmmm, there's a Rivendell Reader headline for ya, a revival issue of the original light blue paint: "When Paul Was Saul And Light Blue Was Lighter Than The Light Blue Birds That Sleep In The Wind." I say all this, because, for those who like blue, the original blue I've seen did kinda have a floating quality about it, like it was a frameset of blue cloud.
Madison, Wisconsin USA
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
\r?\n> Subject: [CR] FS: 54cm Rivendell, made by Richard Sachs
\r?\n> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
\r?\n> Date: Friday, January 21, 2011, 2:19 PM
\r?\n> This is a special bike, but the reason I bought it will not
\r?\n> be realized. It has S&S couplers for travel. I bought it
\r?\n> thinking I would travel with it, but two things happened.
\r?\n> First, it is too nice for me to pack it. And second, some
\r?\n> airlines now charge huge fees if you declare that the box
\r?\n> contains a bike, even if it meets their size limitations for
\r?\n> checked bags. I am offering the frame/fork/headset, spare
\r?\n> fork, custom painted to match Rivendell (Nitto lugged) stem
\r?\n> (100mm), S&S tool, Bruce Gordon quick disconnects for
\r?\n> the derailleur cables, hard S&S travel case, & soft
\r?\n> S&S travel case, with velcro protective sleeves for the
\r?\n> frame tubes for $2950 shipped within 48 states. The size is
\r?\n> 54cm c-c seattube and 55cm c-c toptube. The serial number is
\r?\n> RS1, indicating it was the first Richard Sachs made
\r?\n> Rivendell. I don't think Richard made many. The original
\r?\n> owner had it built for short reach brakes, but later became
\r?\n> convinced he needed long reach for larger tires and fenders.
\r?\n> h built a second fork, which is the one painted to match
\r?\n> the frame. The brake bridge was also moved. I have the
\r?\n> original fork in the original light blue color and it is
\r?\n> included. The bike was then modified for couplers and
\r?\n> repainted. Excellent condition. I have more pictures
\r?\n> available. One pic at the link below. Email me direct
\r?\n> at email@example.com.
\r?\n> I will deliver to Greensboro in May for $100 less.
\r?\n> Lou Deeter, Orlando FL USA