Velo Orange Randonneur
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.
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
- 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
- Brown B17 Titanium (purchased years ago for only $120 before the
- 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.
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/
in San Francisco