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Old 09-24-14, 09:20 AM
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RIH Amsterdam - present

Hi all (particularly our Dutch friends),

I recently learned that the venerable RIH Amsterdam is back in business after closing their shop in the Jordaan in 2012. I had the pleasure of speaking with them, and was wondering if any of you had experience with their new frames. Their prices and lead time seem quite reasonable, and Wim is working with an apprentice to build the frames. Thanks in advance for your input!
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Old 09-24-14, 10:32 AM
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Hi there Sinorev,

Good to hear you find treir prices reasonable. They are way above my budget, but I do hope there is a market for them to make the rebirth a succes.

let's give a shout out to #pullup , cause I know he has ridden his 'modern' Rih quite a bit. It's from before the rebirth though, but if I'm correct it is 853 reynolds and definitely built by mr. Van der Kaaij. Should be similar to the new frames I think.
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Old 09-24-14, 02:13 PM
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Hi Sinorev

My Rih is already more then 5 years old and from 2008 so a couple of years before Wim closed shop and indeed it is one of my regular riders.



The frame is 853 Reynolds which i think feels stiffer and quicker compared to the 531 or Columbus frames but of course that could be also ascribed to the modern geometry.



i think you can also ask for oversized 853 and 953 and 953 OS at the moment and I have looked at the frames they build the last couple of months and it seems to me the young guys have a nice influence on the old master. I can spot some new developments in their builds.
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Old 09-24-14, 03:35 PM
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definitely saving up for one!
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Old 09-24-14, 10:37 PM
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#pullup , #zieleman , thanks for contributing!

#pullup : That is a *sick* bike!

I was looking at vintage bikes for awhile, thinking "oh, which Merckx, or what kind of Gazelle can I find" until I realized that I can still get a steel lugged frame made by one of the foremost Dutch brands readily. Apparently, Wim is still building them (with assistance from Lester, his apprentice), and that's definitely remarkable. Pricewise, they're about what I'd expect to pay for a custom frame in America, and given that this is _the_ RIH, I figure that means a bit more. Lastly, I'm half Dutch, so I feel this is fitting
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Old 09-25-14, 11:49 AM
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My RIH is about 40 years old so no help here....
FWIW it was one of the first that Wim built according to him.

I think it's fantastic that RIH as a marque, and a very good one at that, has been saved from extinction.
thanks for supporting them

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Old 09-26-14, 07:41 AM
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I'm not into road bikes, generally, but that's a pretty bike.
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