Cycling adventure

The bike here is my Rivendell Romulus, not long after I first bought it.


My Travel Bike -- 2010

It starts with a Surly Cross Check frame, retrofitted with S&S couplers by Steve Rex.
This is how it came back from Steve

Cross Check frame with S&S


Then the frame w/o fork got a new powder coat job from Leon's Powder Coating. Not a very high
quality job, but quick and cheap. All the components except the headset, stem, and brakes came off the Romulus,
which needed to be stripped anyway for repainting. I did the component stripping and assembly of the
new bike, with a little help from Montano Velo to chase and face the BB shell and head tube, and
cut the steering tube to the right length. The Romulus headset, stem and brakes are not compatible with
the Cross Check frame. Here's how it looked after assembly. The orange powder
coat is a lot brighter and louder in life than a computer monitor can show.

Surly bike in front of bookcase

and on the day of the first ride

surly in courtyard

Here's a closeup on the cable splitters for the two derailleur cables. The rear brake cable along the top
tube has one also. They are precisely machined, so that you don't have to fuss with readjusting
the derailleurs on reassembly.

cable splitters

I put it all together pretty quickly for a mid-October trip to Paris. The travel case is from S&S and is just at the airline limit
size of 26x26x10". Here is the case on the floor of my hotel room in Charenton-le-Pont, shortly after arriving.


Bike travel case


and, on opening it, a view of the packed bike. I had spent quite a few evenings at home figuring out
the packing and practicing it. The white disk thingies are the ends of 10" compression
members which prevent the sides of the case from pressing in on the bike contents.
The bottom-to-top packing order of the large parts is rear wheel, front half-frame with fork,
rear half-frame, front wheel. The handle bar with stem, bar end shifters, and brake levers is sort of
threaded in like a Chinese puzzle. It's still connected to the front half frame
by the greatly slackend control cables. The main frame tubes are wrapped in pieces of
black foam protective padding. The cranks, chain, rear derailleur, folding tires, and saddle with seatpost
have all been removed and are stuffed into available voids between the large parts.
Helmet, tools, rack, locks, large handle bar bag all went into a large duffle bag with clothes, etc.
A lot of trouble, if you ask me.


Bike travel case


About an hour and a half to assemble it in my hotel room. Here it is parked on a narrow Paris street.
Note the nice designated velo parking station, which is typical of the many provisions that the city has been putting in
to make Paris as bike-friendly as possible, given the conditions of ancient streets and enormous congestion of
motor traffic with uniformly congenitally aggressive drivers.

Parked bike

In this photo, the bridge is over the Seine, a few kilometers north of the Forest of Fontainebleau, about 50 km south-east
of central Paris. This bridge joins the village of Bois-le-Roi on the left bank (to the right in this pic, as I'm facing upstream)
with the village of Chartrettes on the right bank. At this point, as at numerous other points on the Seine and the Marne,
there is a discrete change in the river level, with locks provided for the very busy traffic of cargo barges.

Locks in Seine


Here's a zoom in on the barge and locks. The waterfall over the spillway on the left is about 2 meters tall.
There are two locks. Behind the control tower you can see a barge that is just emerging from the right-side
lock and the boat in the foreground is heading for the left one.

barge and locks


A sign on the road that runs along the river on the Bois-le-Roi side.
Here's where it might help the cyclist to know a little French.


Riverain sign


While I was gone, my Romulus frame got a new custom two-color paint job in Imron by

Newly painted Romulus


Ronald Levine      Professional Stuff