We're still closed to the public for in store purchases but are shipping parts usually same or next day. If you'd like to pick up your order here, select "Pick it up at Rivendell" and give us a ring when you're 20 minutes out. Operators are standing by to help with bike and frame purchases, although those may take awhile to ship.

Wheels and Tires

  • 650B Wheels - 650B Wheels A good, rock-solid case can be made that if the bike world were to start from scratch, 650B would be the NORMAL size. Why not?
  • 700c Wheels - 700C is the dominant wheel size in the modern bike world, and the biggest of the top three. The other two are 26-inches, and 650B, which also goes by 27.5-inches.
  • Additional Notes on Spokes & Weight - Sit down on a chair and lean your torso forward 25 degrees, so that there’s about a 65-deg angle between your thigh and your ‘orso.
  • Broken Spokes and Their Wobbly Wheels - Spokes don’t break as much as they did in the ‘70s and earlier, because spokes got much better in the ‘80s, and spoke failures plummeted instantly.
  • More Wheels - You hear or read that “an ounce off the wheels is worth two off the frame,” because wheels are rotating weight, so they affect the bike more.
  • Right Rims for Right Tires - Here's a great article from "Engineer's Talk" at Mavic , the world famous rim maker. The gist is that you need a rim that will properly seat the tire.
  • Rims - Know this about rims We like silver rims for their looks and performance. Anodizing is mostly show, not go.
  • Tire Tips - Tire tips Here's one of many ways to think about tires. A point of view not often expressed.b
  • Tires - The Short Version - Ride the biggest one your bike will fit. If you’re a racer you aren’t reading this, and if you’re not, this is great advice.
  • Truths About Tires - Truths about tires The biggest, best bargain in bicycles is air in the tires, yet for the last twenty years or so there's been a heinous trend toward tires with lower and lower volumes.
  • Pasadena Style Wheel Removal - Two years ago Will and I and another guy were coming back from an overnight, pushing, dragging, or carrying our bikes with mud-caked wheels up a final trail hill.