Jim, Here is a better pic of the Heron.

It's a Heron Touring, one of the original Reynolds 531 frames from around 1999 or so. I bought it used on the iBOB list from Ray Sachs. I wasn't too happy with the original fork, as I found that it wasn't as stiff as it should be for cantilever brakes. Also, the fork crown was fairly narrow for a touring bike. So, I contacted Todd Kuzma, the current owner of the Heron brand, and he had Waterford build me a fork with a wider crown and stouter fork blades. The materials are the same as used on Waterford's Adventure Cycle, but the geometry matches the original Heron fork. I believe the newer Heron Touring bikes, now called the Wafayer, use this fork.

The parts breakdown is as follows:
Brake Levers: Shimano 105 Shifters: Shimano Dura-Ace 9spd Handlebars: Nitto 115B, 45cm wide Stem: Nitto Technomic, 6cm Headset: Campagnolo Chorus Rims: Mavic T217 Hubs: Shimano Ultegra 9 speed Tires: Panaracer Pasela 35mm Brakes: Shimano BR-R550 cantilevers Seatpost: Ritchey/Nitto Saddle: Brooks B17 Crankset: Sugino GP triple with 48/38/24 rings Front Derailleur: old Shimano 600 Rear Derailleur: Shimano XT, 8spd era Cassette: Shimano XT 12-34 9spd Chain: SRAM something Fenders: SKS

The bracket on the fork crown is for a Lumotec lamp. I have a Nexus generator front wheel and a Lumotec lamp that I switch between this bike and another.

Chris Cote



Heron Touring - side view in winter



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