Why Buy From Riv?
I hate to blow up your inbox with another long email but I had to write to you to tell you how fabulously the Hunq performed on tour. We left the Oregon coast for New York City about two months ago-which I guess you know about because my mother called me to say she emailed you (for which I apologize)- and are now safely back at home. I am in love with my Rivendell and I have never regretted getting it.
We had to ride through some pretty sketchy terrain and she held up wonderfully. At one point I broke a spoke in my rear wheel about 130 miles from the nearest bike shop. I was stupid enough to forget to bring extra spokes so we had to true up the wheel as best we could and ride across the desert with our fingers crossed but we made it. I am normally an extreme tightwad but fortunately I splurged on some good wheels (not from you guys) and racks (from you guys) and I am so glad I did. I had a lot of weight on my bike because we were in some pretty good wilderness for quite a bit and I never, ever worried about the Hunq which was quite refreshing.
It was the most amazing time ever and I thought that I would get touring out of my system when all was said and done, but here I am planning a coastal tour along hwy 101 with my sister. The Hunq was so comfortable and I loved having the assortment of eyelets. Aside from the rear wheel fiasco the only other mechanical problem I had was a lost bolt in my front rack. Now, sadly, I have a huge scar on my forks from the rack scraping the paint.
We had to ride some pretty tough roads (the Amish are not kind to asphalt) and I was so glad to have so much tire clearance especially on some of the gravel farm roads. I took a couple thousand pictures (literally) and probably a fourth of them are just of my bike. It was hard to resist because the Hunq is truly a piece of art.
One of the most fabulous things about it was that I was able to have complete confidence in it riding across the country fully loaded, and yet I was able to strip it down and zip around NYC (which is one of the funnest thing to do ever). Taking a fully loaded touring bike on the subway is an adventure in itself. Anyways, I truly am a happy customer and I thoroughly believe the Hunqapillar is the best bicycle ever built and it is perfect in every way. I had to ship it back home separately and it isn't here yet and I fear I am getting separation anxiety. I dismantled my road bike before I left so the only bike I have to ride right now is an old Lotus single speed I slapped together for a friend. : ( It is not the same as the Hunq.
One of the trip goals was to take a picture of the Hunq next to a Hunkapiller mail box but I didn't see a single one. I got a picture next to the Cody, WY, Woolly Mammoth Museum instead.
Keven,Last Spring you fielded my call to RBW and facilitated a seamless purchase of a Hunqapillar, for which I owe you thanks. At the time you requested that I send you a pic of the built-up bike; it is below. I am beyond pleased with the frame/fork and anticipate never parting with it. I'd say that's an endorsement I never thought possible for a non-custom frame. Thanks for your advice and your assistance with this build.Sincerely,PC
Hey man, this is J----, I passed through a few months ago on a biketour and you sold me my Hunqapillar. I've been riding it everyday fora little over a month now and I just wanted to say thanks again forall of your help. I couldn't be more stoked on the bike honestly. Itneeds to go on a serious tour in the very near future. I can't believehow well it rides and handles loaded up with gear. I included a fewsnap shots so you could see it all built up.Thanks again!-j