There’s a new bike in the stable. A Rawland Nordavinden. The search for this frame began over 18 months ago, resulting in fortunate find last January. Some components were repurposed from my 2004 Specialized Roubiax, which hadn’t been ridden since 2014. Rene Herse cranks, an SPF bottom bracket, Paul Component center-pull brakes, and Compass tires complemented Dura Ace derailleurs from the Roubaix. Added to this were a Nitto randonneur touring handlebar, stem, and bar-end plugs. A Brooks saddle and Acorn bag were taken from another bike, and paired with matching leather handlebar tape (with Newbaums bar tape and twine as enhancement).
It took me over a year to get everything lined up for a final build, which was expertly done by Lance Larson at Larson's Cyclery. The wait was worth it. I really like the outcome, and am looking forward to getting the bike out on the road this spring.
Here’s a few photos, taken atop Chief Looking’s Village (reviewed previously).