This week, July 27 to the 31st, we have all hands on deck shipping a big backlog of frames and won't be able to answer the phone as frequently as we usually do. Sending an email is a better way to get in touch. Check the staff directory in the "About" section below for contact info.

We're offering curbside pick ups for online orders but we still aren't open to the public for browsing. Select the pickup option at checkout, and give us a call when you're ten minutes out so we can have it ready for you.

Staff Email Directory

Phone (800) 345-3918 during open hours (PST):

Covid-19 hours:

Monday - Friday: 9am - 3pm (Off Saturday and Sunday)

For Sales and general questions email Will or Vince
Please pick one person to email, otherwise confusion will reign.

For Mechanical questions about Rivendell bikes, contact Mark

Availability and inventory questions go to Spencer.

Also, there's always Grant, who can answer most things OK, some things excellently, but this doesn't overrule the suggestions above.

 No solicitations! 


Mark Abele
 • Head Mechanic •

Mark is our Head Mechanic. He co-ordinates custom frame orders. 

Mark has been with us since 2002, and his duties include customer service, coordinating the custom orders, assembling bikes, designing an developing new products. 
Mark's our head mechanic, so certainly anything mechanical having to do with the compatibility of parts, ask him. If it's electronic or internal gear, wrong tree. Mark's favorite kind of riding is one-to-three hour mixed road and trail rides with lots of climbing. He rides the lightest bikes and parts of any of us here, dividing the time between a Legolas, Quickbeam, Roadeo, '76er and his couple of customs. All of his bikes have cantilevers, and he may be the best cantilever brake adjuster in the land.

Mark trivia: He attended Santa Clara University, where he was the only freshman starter on the varsity soccer team. By the time he was a senior, he was team captain, MVP, an after graduation, was drafted by the San Jose Earthquakes. He dislocated his shoulder in a skiing accident, and that was it for pro soccer. These days he's just as athletic as he was then, and is the most meticulous, clever, problem-solving bike mechanic I've known.

Mary Anderson • Business Manager
Business manager, bill payer, owner's wife, Anna's and Katie's mom. Here from the start, works mostly from home but visits daily for filing and other stuff. Keeps the numbers in order and tells us where we are, so we don't keep doing the wrong things.


Spencer T. Change • Buyer •
Does the bulk of the buying and the receiving and some of the pics and some of the website. Check with the Spencer if you want to know when the something will be back in stock.


Harry H. Hugel IV • Saturday Manager
Our Head Saturday Guy. Latest in long line of like-named Harry H. Hugels. Works odd hours at a bank (not ours) doing technical stuff we don't understand. He might just be the happiest person you will ever meet. A Navy and Carnegie Mellon man to boot!

Will Keating • General Manager •
Will's been here ever since late September '12, answering the phones, working Saturdays, and doing this n that around here when he's not skateboarding, printing photos, or riding the Marin headlands. He's from LA but has been living in San Francisco for a decade or so. He was a lit major at SF state, but dropped out hasn't regretted it yet. Will writes the email updates every Wednesday or Thursday. Rides a Cheviot, Appaloosa, Homer and a Rosco.

For sales and general questions, ask Will. Dealer? Contact Will. 


Sergio Miranda • Shipper •

Our full time shipper since November of 2019, Sergio is as efficient and as friendly as they come. If you've got shipping questions about components and parts, feel free to ask Sergio. Here are his favorites:

Food: Mediterranean lately

Movie: Barry Lyndon? sure.

Book: Knut Hamsun - Growth of the Soil. Or Henry Miller - Big Sur

Ride: Old Railroad Grade to any trail thereafter is a great day

Song or artist: Dinosaur Jr up to '93. All of Green Mind rules.


Rich Lesnik • Wheel Builder / Sax • 

Rich's Specialty is Wheels!

At headquarters: Mondays and Fridays 10-5.

Jazz musician (clarinet and saxophone) and former UA mechanic. Our wheel builder, and maybe the best one in the world, seriously. Also has a side business called Hands on Wheels. Here since 2002.

He likes touring and wheels. Every year he plans some kind of a longer tour than any of the rest of us do. Sometimes solo, sometimes with a group. He has a Riv custom touring bike, a Quickbeam, a Saluki, and A. Homer Hilsen, and an XtraCycle that he uses to haul wheels.

Rich is the most prolific wheel builder we know, an builds about 2.5 wheels each day, He owns and uses some really complicated wheel-building tools ultra-gadgets from the Swiss maker DT, generally, an really gets into them, figures them out, and in general just enjoys to high heaven every aspect of building a wheel.

The whole world of wheel building is Rich's. But his knowledge is vaster than that, so you can ask him anything. But if you have a wheel question, be sure to ask Rich.



Vince Nivolo • Customer Service Supasta! / M.U.S.A. Man •

Whenever we can't find something, we ask Vince. Mental inventory, photographic memory, call it what you will. You'll find him helping out customers in the showroom, taking phone orders, stocking shelves, and entering look-a-like contests in his spare time. He had a 60cm Saluki, sold it for a 60cm Betty Foy with a big ol' basket and marathons, now the spokesman for Clem Smith Jr., scratch that, now has a 55cm Appaloosa.  Known for his catch phrases: "Alright!" and "Right on!" and is Grant's go-to-guy for most things. Raised right here in the Diablo foothills, Vince knows the local bike shop circuit better than any of us.

Grant Petersen • President / Designer / Writer
Here since the start. Main jobs are writing the Reader and catalogues and designing/developing the bikes and picking the stuff we offer. Disorganized, well-intentioned, clean but personally and organizationally on the disheveled side of things. Good for general and technical questions, but tends to let things related to following up slip through the cracks. Tries hard, but tends to give confusing, complicated, overly detailed answers to simple questions, all under the banner of "helping." Loses sight of the big picture when he focuses on minor "now!"-type details.