I picked up my Ritchey BreakAway yesterday from Veloce over on Hawthorne. I’ve been waiting a while as Ritchey was backordered on the bike. I was surprised to get the call because I ordered it two months ago and they told me it wouldn’t be available for six months. Anyway, the cool thing about this bike, other than the fact Tom designed it, is that it comes apart at the seat-post and the down-tube, plus the cables disassemble and the whole thing will fit into a suitcase. You can literally fly it around for free. I was getting dinged a hundred bucks either way with the other bike, and so I wasn’t taking it anywhere, obviously. So in time, this bike will pay for itself. But even though it’s a travel bike, it is stiff and responsive. It’s a ti-carbon combo. The rear triangle is carbon (save the down tube) and everything else is ti. It has the same group as my I.F. so it feels right. I took it for a ride around Portland tonight and the bike felt fine. My I.F. may get lonely this winter.
One of the reasons I bought this bike is because when Tom comes to town we usually go out for a ride and it’s always embarrassing because I didn’t have a single Ritchey part on the I.F. So now I have the whole bike. Besides, in supporting Ritchey Bikes, I also get to support Project Rwanda, and that’s worth it. Anyway, that’s what is new around here.