Date: Tue, 27 Mar 2007 08:59:34 -0800
From: Jan Heine <heine94(AT)>
Subject: [BOB] For sale: custom 1999 Rivendell Randonneur

For sale: My custom 1999 Rivendell Randonneur. It's a special bike, 
built for me based on the ideas (and using many of the parts of the 
French randonneur bikes made by Rene Herse and Alex Singer:

A photo is at

- Fork, frame: 1999 Rivendell Road, second generation lugs, medium 
blue metallic paint, 58 cm frame size (57 cm top tube), with numerous 
custom features:
- Extralight tubing (Reynolds 753 0.8-0.5-0.8 mm for the most part)
- Extra clearance for 28+ mm tires with fenders (currently used with 
Rivendell Rolly-Poly)
- Mafac Competition brakes with brazed-on pivots
- All braze-ons for well-integrated Honjo aluminum fenders (no clamps, etc.)
- Special braze-ons for Alex Singer front rack
- Eyelets on rear stays for Nitto bag support rack or two taillights
- Extra eyelet on right dropout for light mount
- 3 bottle cages (all with "reinforcement" stars)
- Long-slot horizontal dropouts (to allow using as a fixed-gear)

The bike is sold with the following equipment:
- Mafac "Competition" centerpull brakes (top of the line), Matthauser 
pads on front, Mafac on rear (the brakes don't squeal)
- Alex Singer custom front rack (made for this bike as a personal 
favor by Ernest Csuka of Cycles Alex Singer)
- TTT 100m stem with Alex Singer decaleur (the decaleur fits any 
standard stem with a horizontal bolt)
- Nitto 165 (?) handblebars (deep drop, relatively long reach)
- Dia-Compe 986 (?) canti-specific brake levers
- Rivendell-design Carradice handlebar bag modified with Alex Singer decaleur
- Ritchey triple cranks, 172.5 mm, TA rings 50-40-30
- Ritchey WCS Pro cup-and-cone bottom bracket with less than 1500 miles
- Honjo aluminum fenders, extra-long front (I cut down a rear fender 
for this), with mudflap (not shown in photo)
- Stronglight headset
- Campagnolo Nuovo Record seatpost (lots of setback, never goes out 
of adjustment)
- 2 taillights. One is a German "Basta," the second is a small 
Specialized "Hot Dot," both modified for braze-on mounting.

Not sold with the bike, but shown in the photo are:
- Wheels (SON generator front, Maxi-Car rear)
- front light with mount
- Derailleurs and shift levers (Simplex SLJ)
- Saddle
- Pedals
- Pump

Except the rear wheel, these could be included at additional cost.

The bike was built for me in 1999, using all new parts (except the 
seatpost). I used in in Paris-Brest-Paris 1999, then rode it as my 
only bike for a few years. The bike still holds the unsupported 
Cannonball and S2S cross-state records... It has been 100% reliable. 
I haven't ridden it much in recent years, and with a new 650B bike on 
the way, I reluctantly have decided that it is surplus to 

The frame is in great shape, with no major scratches, rust or other 
damage. There is very little paint loss on the dropout faces from the 
QR clamps, plus one minor nick the size of a pinhead, but that is 
pretty much it. The components are in very good shape, but show that 
they have been used. The fenders have a few light scratches. The bike 
rides like a brand-new bike.

The bike has the standard Rivendell Road geometry (73 head angle, 43 
mm fork offset). It would be easy to add a Nitto bag support rear 
rack (the light braze-ons initially were designed for this) to carry 
a Carradice saddlebag.

If you prefer a Singer-style low-trail geometry, the fork blades have 
ample length (more than standard), and re-raking them would be an 
easy task. There are two rubber spacers under the fork crown, so 
you'd remove one, and the fender line would be unchanged. The brakes 
have plenty of adjustment range.

The bike is the best of both worlds: French integrated racks, fenders 
and lights with Rivendell design and workmanship and Joe Bell paint. 
The bike was made by Joe Starck, by the way, and the brazing is close 
to perfect as far as I can tell without stripping the paint.

Price is $ 2900 plus shipping - just a little more than a new 
Rivendell custom frame. Putting this bike together was very 
expensive, and would be impossible today (Singer racks aren't sold 

Add your wheels, derailleurs, saddle and pedals, and you are ready to 
go. Add a front light, and you even are ready for Paris-Brest-Paris!

For more images of the bike, see also Bicycle Quarterly Vol. 1, No. 3 
"What Makes a Good Randonneur Bike."

Jan Heine, Seattle
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