My Rivendell Betty Foy

My Rivendell Betty Foy

My Rivendell Betty Foy

Brass bell, shellacked cork and twine

Brass bell, shellacked cork and twine

p10600124-6-seat

Apples on tube, Honjo fenders

Apples on tube, Honjo fenders

Brooks saddle and Plescher rack

Brooks saddle and Plescher rack

4-6-crank1 4-6-derailler 4-6-kickstand 4-6-poem1

Headbadge and Tubes

Headbadge and Tubes

Nitto rack, Wald basket

Nitto rack, Wald basket

Betty Foy in all her glory

Betty Foy in all her glory

  • http://www.bigalsplace.co.uk/fatlad Fat Lad

    Oh that’s just too grogeous to ride :)

  • http://www.bigalsplace.co.uk/fatlad Fat Lad

    gorgeous even!

    • http://letsgorideabike.wordpress.com Trisha

      Another beautiful bike that’s a perfect match for her rider. :) Love those Nitto front racks.

  • http://www.bikecommuters.com Ghost Rider

    Damn, lady…you don’t mess around! That is a fantastic bicycle…wonderfully appointed with classic flair!

  • http://bikesovercars.blogspot.com/ Nico

    Congratulations! That’s a sweet bike.

  • http://roseread.wordpress.com Cathy

    What a gorgeous bike! I bet she rides as smooth as she looks.

  • http://www.bikeskirt.blogspot.com Elisa M

    oh.my.god. That is B-E-A-U-tiful. I am not sure I have ever been quite this jealous of someone’s bike.

    congrats! you will ride it in style…as it deserves!

  • http://www.palmbeachbiketours.com ksteinhoff

    My dad used to have a saying, “I wish I had yours and you had a better one.”

    It certainly applies here.

  • Sara Naylor-Wild

    Just had to join in the bike envy theme and say damn that is a stylish ride she just twinkles! What a flirt!!

  • Tinker

    Just gorgeous. Love the Honjo fenders, and the understated paint. Makes for a classy elegant finish.

    Good for you!

  • ghd

    She is a beauty! Well done!

  • ghd

    which size did you decide on, by the way? I can’t tell from the pictures….

  • http://www.jenniedemeis.blogspot.com Jennie

    Very Pretty Dottie! Can’t wait to see some ‘action’ shots!

  • http://www.fullhandsx3.blogspot.com sara

    she’s beautiful. the brass bell & cork & the basket– wow. classy.

    • http://thechaicyclist.blogspot.com/ spiderleggreen

      What a sweet bike. How much does it weigh…oops not supposed to ask that question! Weight is illrelevant. If you have to ask….

      It looks like a classy ride. What does the cat think of it? Does it pass the sniff test?

      Are you going to ride it on the streets? ;)

  • spavis

    lovely lady, hope she rides well. i think you’ll like the bar end shifters.

  • Ashley

    Congratulations on your new bike. She’s lovely!

    Oh, and I also thought you guys might be interested in this that I heard on NPR t this morning:
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=102784397

  • Andrew

    What an absolute beauty of a bicycle! I am trying to convince my wife that if she sells her cannondale and we invest in a betty foy, she’ll ride every day. I even offered to put off buying a new frame for myself if we could get her set up. Do eep us informed of how the ride is. I need to have someone else convince her that a new bike is better than a new car. thanks for the pictures too!

  • http://www.grinderswheels.blogspot.com Jon

    Very nice! I love me some mixte!

  • http://www.cyclingisgoodforyou.blogspot.com anna

    Wow, I envy you!

  • http://carfreedays.com Anne

    Dottie,

    I’ll join in cause all the cool kids are doing it. ; – ) WOW – that’s a sweet bike.

  • jj

    Beautiful! It’s absolutely beautiful!

  • http://10speeds.blogspot.com eric

    really nice with the fenders. but a pletscher rack on the back? i had one of those on my schwinn varsity in the 60′s…

  • http://suburbanbikemama.blogspot.com/ MamaVee

    perfect!

  • Scott

    I love the bike!

    You may consider getting some drop bars and swapping them out if you go on a longer ride. It’s an easy swap and it makes a big difference if you have a lot of wind. But your current setup looks ideal for city riding.

  • http://www.totcycle.com Julian

    DAMN! I especially ♥ those heart lugs. It is customary to admire the lugs on fine rides like this, no? And the color, with the apples? Mm mm.

  • http://melissahopesblog.blogspot.com/ MelissaHopeS

    She’s so purty!

  • Jeff

    What a beautiful machine! The frame is a work of art.

    I hope you chose the Pletscher rack purely for its retro style (which is reason enough, of course). 40 years ago, practically every Schwinn Varsity 10-speed, including mine, had one. Just be aware that they are completely useless for actually carrying anything, and can also really mess up the paint on your seat stays if the mounting bracket gets loose.

    The Honjo fenders, OTOH, I have found are great for both fashion and function. They seem delicate because they are so light, but they are actually quite strong.

  • Carolyn

    She’s so beautiful! Love your choice of fenders..and I like the bell. Actually, there’s nothing about the bike that I don’t like or admire. :) Hope you get many miles out of her.

  • http://letsgorideabike.wordpress.com dottie

    Thanks, all!!!!!

    Pletscher rack – made in Switzerland, $22, works for now. After dropping $$$ on the front Nitto rack, I had to hold off for now. Plus, it looks cool. Riv mounted brackets on fabric to protect paint job.

    ghd, I got the larger size frame.

  • D’Arcy

    A classic beauty. It’s the kind of design you just want to hug. The tan leather seat is a striking contrast against the blue frame.

  • Jonathan

    Probably my favorite mixte out there now. I did just see this one, for those in the market: http://somafab.blogspot.com/2009/03/buena-vistas-have-arrived.html Pretty cool too!

  • Heather

    I’ve got to get with you. I would love to start cycling, but I must admit, I’m a little intimidated by going really fast down hills, lol. I love this bike!

  • http://sheridesabike.com Karen

    The Betty Foy is pretty awesome. Bike envy!

  • http://bikesandthecity.blogspot.com/ meligrosa

    ♥beautiful one!!!!! yes action shots soon pretty-please, what a way to welcome the spring. big yay’s ;)

  • http://bike-geek.blogspot.com Justin

    Gorgeous! Congrats!

  • cyclingchicken

    Love the color…congrats and have lotsa fun riding.

  • http://wereonaroadtosomewhere.blogspot.com Adrienne Johnson

    What are all these people asking if you are going to ride it thinking about? Of course you are going to ride it! That is what bikes are for, even fancy ones from Rivendel : )

  • http://la-piernanegra.livejournal.com/ Lapiernanegra

    Sniff…..*wipes tear away*…beautiful…just beautiful…..

  • Heather s

    Oh, you got one! I want a betty foy so badly but have not figured out how to afford it….I wonder if they are sold out yet? How does it ride? Is it really worth it? Let us know!

  • Jake

    May I ask, How did you mount and secure the basket on that Nitto Rack?

    • http://letsgorideabike.wordpress.com dottie

      Poorly! Right now there are three zip ties holding it on. I did that the first day so I could go to work, figuring I would set it up better later, but have not gotten around to it yet. When it’s loaded, it makes a creaking sound, as the two metals rub together.

      • http://letsgorideabike.com Dottie

        Still held together by zip ties and still making creaking sounds. hmm.

  • Barbara Bomba

    Hi,
    I love your bike. I am in the process of ordering a Betty Foy, and I’m thinking about components. I’m just learning about drivetrains; is that a triple or a compact double? Sugino? What size did you finally choose? I’m 5’5″, with PBH of 77, and I’m ordering the 52cm. Thanks

    • http://letsgorideabike.wordpress.com dottie

      Hi Barbara. I chose the larger size. I’m 5’7 with a pbh of – I forgot – maybe 80. I am the smallest size that will fit the larger frame, so it sounds like the 52 cm will be perfect for you. The crank is Sugino XD2 170, a triple.

      Let me know how your bike purchase goes!!

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  • http://www.chiccyclist.com Charlotte

    A very beautiful bike! Congratulations!