Bikes to Like: World’s Greatest Randonneur’s Sam Hillborne
Because I am surrounded by so much bicycling goodness, I’ve decided to run some Q&A posts on some of the bikes I’ve seen and admired in the D.C. randonneuring and commuting scene. The first post features the World’s Greatest Randonneur’s (WGR) bike.
It’s a Sam Hillborne, from Rivendell. Here’s what WGR had to say when I asked him about his bike.
1. What kind of bike do you have?
I think a Samuel Hillborne, but next time I ride it I’ll make sure.
2. Where do you ride it?
Mostly in Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Once a year it rolls into North Carolina, buts it’s dark and I don’t stay very long!
3. What do you like about your bike?
I can ride with fat tires and full fenders!!!
4. Fenders or no fenders?
If I didn’t have full fenders how would I express myself artistically with my rockin’ mudflaps?
5. Does your bike have name? If so, what is it?
My bike gets called names at times! Think of the 7 dirty words. But I’m starting to like Sammy. Ok, from now on I’ll call my bike Sammy.
6. What is your favorite accessory on your bike and why?
My Bell. I like to ring it after getting to the top of a long climb. It also reminds me of Susan, my significant other, since I stole the bell off her bicycle.
8. What did I forget to ask that you want to tell me about your bike?
Yeah, bike questions are boring! I always wished someone would ask me questions like: What is you favorite movie and why? Answer: Jaws. Captain Quint is my randonneuring hero. If someone is lucky enough to ride with me in the middle of the night on a 1200k, I will entertain them with some of the best lines from the movie. “We’re going to need a bigger boat!”