Readers’ Rides: Nicholas’ Rivendell Joe Appaloosa on Kodak Portra 400


Readers’ Rides: Nicholas’ Rivendell Joe Appaloosa on Kodak Portra 400

This week’s Readers’ Rides features a stunning Joe Appaloosa from Nicholas, who shot his photos on Porta 400. We love emulsion geeks and Rivs over here, so let’s get to it!

I humbly submit my Rivendell Joe Appaloosa shot on Riv-kosher 35mm with a Canon AE-1.

The Appaloosa is a mindblowing bike, I love it for just cruising around in comfort but it’s also remarkably capable of clattering through rock gardens on singletrack. It’s not going to set any records but it’s certainly not going to be stopped either. The super-long wheelbase can make some tighter stuff a bit of a challenge but it’s still a lot of fun.

There aren’t any Rivendell dealers in Ireland so I bought this through La Chouette in Paris, and I’m sure you’ll agree they did a great job on the build. I had the brakes and SON hub already but they helped me piece together the rest of the parts and finishing kit. Look at the job they did on the grips. C’est magnifique! It’s a good mix of practical and bling parts I think.

I think my favorite part of the bike is the fork crown. I love looking down at it while tootling along.

Build Spec:

  • Frame/ Fork- Rivendell Joe Appaloosa
  • Tyres- Soma Cazadero 700c x 50
  • Wheels- SON Widebody front, Velo Orange rear hub, and Velo Orange Voyager rims
  • Bars- Nitto Albatross
  • Stem- Nitto Power Stem
  • Headset- FSA
  • Brakes- Paul Motolite
  • Cranks/ Bottom Bracket- Rivendell Silver 42/28
  • Drivetrain- Shimano Alivio rear, Shimano Sora front, Microshift 11-36. Dia Compe x Riv thumb shifters.
  • Seat Post- Stock Rivendell
  • Seat/ Bartape- Brooks Cambium C19 Saddle/ESI grips with Newbaums tape
  • Fenders- None but coming soon!
  • Front Rack – Nitto M18 with light mount
  • Lights – Schmidt SON Edelux II front / Blue Lug Koma rear
  • Other- Velo Orange Mojave and Retro bottle cages, Small Fabio’s Chest, Blue Lug stem pouch.



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