I can’t speak for other bloggery folk, but when I get feedback or a reader reaches out through the digital ether, well it just plain feels good!
Recently, David Person from here in the Los Angeles area reached out while I was fully immersed on the Coffeeneuring Challenge and expressed a desire to get in a ride with other Rivendell folks, and yeah I fall into that category as I’m pretty darn Rivy.
Even though the timing didn’t work out to get in a Coffeeneuring ride together (I still need to submit all my rides to Mary) since I completed the challenge last weekend and I didn’t have time to get the other SoCal Riv riders organised for a group ride, David and I went ahead and scheduled a ride on Friday the 20th my day off.
A bit about David, standing at 6’2″ with long legs and an easy going manner he elected to undergo back surgery after many rounds of physical therapy. After surgery and though most of his rehab he was unable to ride a bike, so saying he had time to consider his Sam Hillborne build is an understatement. It’s clear that he spent a long time choosing every part and the final build shows the thought and implementation.
Here’s a little insight, I quite honestly have a weakness for a Black & Cream paint scheme. When I was considering my A. Homer Hilsen custom paint I was a hair away from going with this scheme but Riv’s Hillborne *green with metal flake won out! No regrets. But looking at this classic beauty got me thinking maybe on another build?
For your pleasure:
Upon our meet up, there was no hurry to saddle up and ride as we lingered in Sherman Grove Park getting to know each other and of course we talked bikes and then some.
Eventually, we saddled up and I led David on a mellow ride over to my usual haunt “Hansen Dam” and back to our local Starbucks, cause what’s a ride without a coffee break.
We had good conversation and David mentioned some of his favorite bloggers, Pondero, Urban Adventure league and** Let’s go ride a bike as inspiration for him to one day get back in the saddle. To not be able to ride a bike!! Well I’ve had instances where I couldn’t ride but post major back surgery is remarkable.
On the first two bloggers, I’ve followed both regularly and have enjoyed Pondero Aka Chris’ Sanger Texas prairie “leisure consultant” humble vibe. His reveal of his Ocean Air Cycles build and initial ride report was straightforward as he distilled his experience on low trail geometry ride characteristics, very illuminating.
Always a good read is Shawn Granton of Urban Adventure League, his exploits riding and camping in the the Pacific Northwest are always a joy as I have always had a fondness for the region. Noteworthy are Shawn’s method’s of bike tour/camping & gear reviews and his living carless. His recent feedback on his Bantam Bicycle Works custom built Rambleneur and reason’s for a custom build are informative as I’ve considered a custom bicycle for some time.
For me both are an inspiration and genuine.
It’s good to know that as a writer/blogger we reach others and make a difference. David’s experience and recovery are an inspiration and the Hillborne build a beautiful example of functional art and proof that the bicycle has healing and connective powers. Ride on!!
As always thanks for reading and keep the rubber side down
And I’d love to hear from you.
*My favorite color.
**A blogger I need to add to the list no doubt.