Rivendell All-Rounder

Rivendell All-Rounder

As you’d expect, he who designed a bike as special as the Bridgestone X0-1 should have fairly relevant things to say about cycling. Grant Petersen is that man; former manager of Bridgestone Cycles USA, now head honcho at Rivendell Bicycle Works, “purveyor of lugged steel bicycle frames, smart parts and accessories, wool clothing, leather saddles & good advice ever since 1994.” This is the All-Rounder, an early Rivendell, built by one of the company’s previous builders, Curt Goodrich.

Rivendell All-Rounder
Rivendell All-Rounder

The US frame building family tree is an old, complex plant and Curt is a prominent branch. He started his apprenticeship under Seattle’s Dan Wynn in 1995, moved to R&E Cycles where he learned TIG welding and then on to the Match Bicycle Company. There, he met Grant Petersen and built Rivendell frames while Martin Tweedy built forks. The All-Rounder frame was just that, perfectly at home around town as off-road. It was also a prototype, of sorts, for the Rivendell Saluki.

Rivendell All-Rounder
Rivendell All-Rounder

As mentioned, Grant knows what he’s talking about when it comes to riding bikes. Last year, he released Just Ride, a collection of micro-essays on riding less competitively without feeling less of a cyclist. If you like the look of a Rivendell, or even if you just like riding a bicycle, it’s definitely worth a read. This All-Rounder found its way into the hands of a highly talented photographer by the name of Sasha Eysymontt, who took these photos—you can see more on his flickr stream.

Rivendell All-Rounder
Rivendell All-Rounder