|(Photo acquired from Rivendell) Sam Hillborne frame|
Locating and purchasing all of the components has also been a challenge. I wanted to try to have things arrive on or around the same time so I don't have to sit for weeks or months waiting to see and ride the bike. The tires I wanted, the Grand Bois Hetre tires in White/Ivory, have been a challenge to secure, as it seems that all
|Grand Bois Hetre 650b tire in white|
Additionally, I'm finding that I'm closing in on a price tag that I really hadn't hoped to reach. The only comfort I can find in all of this at the moment is to say that I hope it is the most comfortable bicycle I've ever ridden. Sadly, it will be a time before I can make that sort of judgment call. Until then, the pain of spending money I don't have is leaving me with new kinds of scary day dreams... like living in a ditch with my bicycle covering me at night, or being forced to tour the country because it's all I will be able to afford. I suppose I should enjoy my slow descent to hell though... after all, this is what I wanted, right?