The Heron Randonneur
The Heron Randonneur is a bicycle in the
style of the French constructeurs. It is designed to be a
comfortable and versatile long-distance road bike. While well-suited
for all types of road riding, it is perfect for randonneuring.
Randonneuring is long-distance unsupported endurance cycling.
This type of cycling is non-competitive and is growing in
popularity all around the world. For more information about
randonneuring in the US, check out Randonneurs USA at <http://www.rusa.org/>.
The constructeurs of France built not justthe
frame, but the complete bicycle. In this manner, they could
integrate the components into the bicycle much better than
they could with off-the-shelf parts. The Heron Randonneur
is NOT a complete bicycle, but it is a package of components
ideal for randonneuring use. The Heron Randonneur includes:
Frame and Fork -
The frame and fork of the Heron Randonneur are designed to
permit simple attachment of the key components as well as
provide the quality of ride and ease of handling needed for
long-distance rides. The frame has braze-ons for attachment
of three water bottle cages, rear taillights (on both lower
seatstays), the saddlebag support rack, and fenders. A low
bottom bracket and tall head tube and fork rotate the rider
to a more upright position. A long wheelbase provides a smooth
ride while the steering geometry is stable enough to be handled
by a fatigued rider in the middle of the night without being
Steel Fenders These are classic French fenders
that not only look great but are long enough for ample protection
from wet roads. They are pre-drilled to fit the frame making
installation a snap.
Mudflap A proper front fender should have a flexible
mudflap to keep road spray from the rider¹s feet. The
Berthoud mudflap accomplishes this in style.
Bag Another French classic is this handlebar
bag. Not only does it look like fine luggage, it¹s practical
, too. The cotton fabric is water-resistant and the leather
straps are long-lasting. A clear map case on the top provides
easy access to cue sheets and maps. The bag includes Berthoud¹s
unique stem-mount system to keep the bag stable. Bags are
sized according to frame size for proper fit.
Pendle Saddlebag The Pendle saddlebag is just
the right size for randonneuring. The version that we use
has been custom-made to match the look of the Berthoud handlebar
bag. The cotton duck fabric is quite water-resistant. Side
pockets provide additional storage and can be used for additional
Nitto Custom Front
Mini-Rack This is a custom version of Nitto¹s
front mini-rack. The rack provides support for the Berthoud
handlebar bag as well as provides a mount for the headlight.
A low headlight mount such as this provides a better beam
pattern and makes it easier to see road irregularities. The
rack itself is, like most things from Nitto, quite beautiful.
It mounts to the cantilever bosses and fork crown.
Nitto Rear Mini-Rack
The rear rack is intended for saddlebag support. It
will keep the bag off of the rear fender and support a large
load. It mounts to the seatpost and to our custom seatstay
Schmidt SON Dynohub
The Schmidt hub is another classic, this time from Germany.
The hub has a built-in dynamo which provides power to light
the headlight. With this hub, you never need to worry about
batteries again. Compared to other dynamo systems, the SON
hub has lower drag. Unlike sidewall generators, it is unaffected
by snow and rain. The hub is polished silver and looks great.
Lumotec 3.0W Headlight
(standard) The Lumotec headlight provides a narrow,
but very effective beam. It¹s efficient design provides
light that is comparable to lighting systems with a much higher
power rating. This efficiency allows great nighttime visibility
with extremely low mechanical resistance from the SON hub.
A built-in reflector is included with the Lumotec. This is
the standard light in the Heron Randonneur package.
Schmidt E6 3.0W Headlight
(optional) The Schmidt E6 headlight is available
as an extra cost option. The Schmidt light provides a better
beam pattern than the Lumotec, but at an added cost. There
is no provision for a built-in reflector
Nitto Pearl Stem
The Pearl stem is likely the finest quill stem
available on the market today. It is cold-forged, strong,
and beautiful. The Pearl will work well with the Berthoud
handlebar bag stem mount.
The Heron Randonneur Package comes
only in British Racing Green and includes the frame, fork,
fenders, mudflap, handlebar bag, saddlebag, front and rear
mini-racks, dynohub, Lumotec headlight, and stem. Suggested
retail price is $2300 (does not include shipping, prep, or