Rivendell Bicycle Works is not without its quirks, and no better ways to express them than with pine tar soap and hatchets.
It’s not no much intentional humor as it is an extension of (RBW’s founder) Grant Petersen’s character to the company. Both items are things he grew up with, and consequently lent themselves to his company. While not entirely serious, or sensical for a bike company, they add a certain charm that you tend to find only in small shops.
Grant finds them useful and practical, although you and I may not. You always have the option to nab them from the store if you like though.
I didn’t mention it since it’s a bit more ordinary, but there are also a selection of books that express the same nature. Books that Grant grew up with and could relate to, are also sold by Rivendell Bicycle Works along side the bike and non-bike related items.
It’s stuff like this that on a cursory view, seem ludicrous, but on further inspection, there is a use for it, in the character of the company and the people that make up what we know as Rivendell Bicycle Works. Also, their more accessible new retail arm, Rivendell Bike, Book and Hatchet.