I’ve completed the initial build of my coupled 59cm Rivendell Bleriot, following the installation of couplers and a change in color to metallic light olive, all by Bilenky in Philadelphia. Comments encouraged!
I installed my usual eclectic non-gruppo: Shimano XT/Synergy 36-spoke wheels from Peter White, XTR rear derailleur, Campagnolo Racing Triple 30-40-50 cranks with matching front derailleur, 8-speed bar end shifters, 12-32 XTR rear cogset, Nitto Technomic standard stem, Nitto Noodle bars, Brooks B-17, and to weird things up, a black (gasp!) Ritchey seatpost. Brakes are Tektro 556. Headset is a Stronglight A9. Tires are Nifty Swifty. Fenders will be SKS silver, mostly for ease of removal and packing.
I know the Campy cranks are not perfectly practical, but they are pretty and meet my need for a pinch of Italian flavor. Everything went together nicely, except for the brakes. I think having toe-in on dual pivots is useless, in that I’ve never needed it on any of the Shimano’s I’ve used over the years.