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Daniel Rebour illustration of a Singer Galibier from circa 1946 Singer Catalogue

Admittedly, a few details of appointment differ– for instance, the fd, and Ideale 47 Saddle– but the family resemblance is fairly striking. According to Ernest Csuka (speaking to Jan Heine in a 2001 interview), fillet-brazed frames were a short-lived fashion– which had ended by 1950-1. After this, Singer’s “customers preferred lugs, and fillet-brazing vanished.”

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Toshi’s Custom

I don’t care who you are or what kind of food you like or what kind of bike you ride or what century you’re living in – you can’t dislike this look.

What I especially liked about Toshi’s pick of parts is the coolness of it, and how he ddn’t go full-Jan Heine, full-Rivendell or Grant Petersen, or full-anything. The Compass brakes are really nice. The crank is delightful. The Deore XT rear, the SKS fenders were unpredictable but super practical and good-looking. The Paul skewers are neat, and that pump…hard to love the look of that, but the mounting is nifty and it’s not too mini to be useful,

PAINT NOTES:

Toshi picked the green our of a PMS book (that’s Pantone Matching System!) and Joe Bell hit the shade exactly and made it look even better with a tiny pearl in it. We’ve told Toshi that we won’t duplicate this color, but as long as you don’t live on the west coast, he’ll never know.

ASSEMBLY NOTES:

There were lots of parts new-to-us-and-unfamiliar-to-Mark, and this is the only bike we’ve ever done with internal wiring. I honestly believe that Mark is the best mechanic in the world–at least the best and most creative and meticulous and perfect I’ve known — and this was a 23-hour build. Don’t try to make sense of that or add up the parts and time for each part. Two hours was re-fishing the cables from inside the downtube when they got stuck there. But we’re still talking about 21-hours. Maybe the next one (there won’t be…) would take Mark half that time. Anyway, it’s done, Toshi’s got it, and he likes it, and so it’s all good all around.

-Grant

NOTE: Custom Rivendells take a long time. Designed here at Rivendell, utilizing our distinct lugs and tubing, brazed by Mark Nobilette and painted by Joe bell; there are many steps that make lead times 6 months to 1 year. If you see a custom Rivendell in your future, give us a call and we can give a better estimate. 800 234 3918