2008 Velo Orange Randonneur

I was luckily enough to get in the waiting queue early enough for this lovely Velo Orange Randonneur frame before Johnny Coast stopped making them. I have two other lugged steel bikes but there are many details on this that set it apart, including hand thinned lugs and some custom features such as low-trail geometry for a front bag and holes and braze-ons to route wires for the lights. I certainly notice a positive difference in the responsiveness and handling compared to my other bikes.

I received and built up the frame in May '08 and road it often for nearly a year but only recently completed the final details, including integrating an old JOS fender light which I converted to modern technology with the internals from a B&M seculite Plus. So the bike has already seen a lot of use but looks close to new with a fresh set of 700x30 Grand Bois tires.

- Campagnolo Chorus shifters, Centaur 50/34 compact crank and bepop pedals.
- 9 speed Shimano 12-27 cassette (thanks to a jtek shiftmate).
- Rear 9 speed dura-ace derailleur and 36 hole dura-ace hub with open pro rim.
- Paul Racer centerpull brakes w/Yokozuna pads (hands down the best brakes I've ever used).
- Nitto stem, seatpost, and 44cm soba (noodle) bars with brown elk hide wrap.
- Brown B17 Titanium (purchased years ago for only $120 before the prices skyrocketed!).
- Honjo 43mm fenders and VO rack with integrated decaleur.
- Lighting: Schmidt Son 20R, Edelux, and custom modified JOS fender light (the wire runs inside the downtube and fender to the taillight).
- Bag: Acorn Boxy Rando bag.

Other photos of my VO plus my Rivendell Romulus and Quickbeam (already submitted to your site a few years back but in very different forms now!) can be found here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25972713@N02/

Happy riding,

Brett in San Francisco



Velo Orange Randonneur - side view


Velo Orange Randonneur - rear angled view

Velo Orange Randonneur - tail detail


Velo Orange Randonneur - front end detail
Velo Orange Randonneur - drivetrain detail


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