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Rivendell Betty Foy – Part 3

For the most part, the bike is finished.   It was completely custom-made with the purpose of making it easy to ride, quick, utilitarian and ready at a moments notice.  For those interested in bike components, here’s the build:

Recycled Cro-mo handlebars

Ergon Cork grips

Shimano Deerhead Friction shifters

Cherry Red Brass Bell

Rivendell Betty Foy Frame – 52 cm

Velo Orange Front Rack (modified) with Wald Basket

Nitto Technomic Stem

Tektro 556 Brakes

SKS Long Board Fenders

Shimano 3n80 hub , wheel smith spokes, Velocity Synergy Rims

Lumotec IQ CYO dyno light LED

Brooks B68S saddle

Nitto Seat post

Shimano STX front/rear derailleur

Shimano Deore read hub with 8 speed cassette and offset velocity synergy rim (wheel smith spokes)

MKS Cage pedals

Sugino XD2 pedals


These thumb shifters have renewed my interest in friction shifting.  Perhaps the finest of this variety.



I don’t know who the Betty Foy alien was, but I thought she was a great symbol to the bike.


My wife originally rode a fixed gear Raleigh mixte, but I never thought it was the ideal bike for her.  In the last ride, we easily covered 19 miles with her leading most of the time.  I think we found a winner.


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