Monday Blues: Ritchey # 1...

A couple years ago, at Interbike, you might remember that Joe Breeze was there and had brought the first bike built by him (1977), Breezer #1. At this years show it was Tom Ritchey's turn to show his Ritchey #1, dating to 1979. According to the informational plaque that accompanied the bike it was the "first 26" wheel mountain bike made by Tom Ritchey, fillet brazed in his Menlo Park, California garage using oversized steel tubing. This bike features a period-correct build including an original BullMoose handlebar, custom-made seated bearing bottom bracket, original two-plate fork similar to ones used on Ritchey road frames, and a 12-inch long seat post mounted to a very early example of Tom's single-rail saddle concept, which 40 years later evolved into the Vector Evo saddle rail design."

Blue: A color, a mood or emotion, a genre of music. Tune in each Monday for another installment of the Blues, with a cycling twist.