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    The perfect randonee bike - what would yours be?

    What would you consider to be the perfect randonee bike? Meaning, what frame material, wheels, components, tire size, frame options (braze-ons, etc.), etc.?

    I'm thinking that if I'm going to do a 1200km brevet, my flyweight aluminum race rig may not be the best option, as that aluminum frame could start to feel a bit harsh after a while (doesn't bother me on centuries, but 750+ miles is another story...). Carbon/titanium/steel? I'd like to get something that would also be suitable for road races, so probably wouldn't go for a Rivendell or similar, unless I could be convinced that it'd be FAR superior. Would a standard carbon/titanium/steel race bike be sufficient? What do you look for?

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    IF Ti Club Racer.
    I should have it in a few weeks.


    There are several other Brevet bike threads going in LDC... scroll down the LDC forum to find them.

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    Perfect cycle

    Um... let's see.
    It would be a recumbent with two wheels up front and one in back.
    Each wheel would be the same size.
    Quality components.
    Disc brakes on front.
    ObusForme seating

    ... wait a minute, I'm describing my Catrike Road #121
    "Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed,
    The dear repose for limbs with travel tired;
    But then begins a journey in my head,
    To work my mind, when body's work's expired"
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    Bachetta Strada. Carbon seat with seatbag. 34 hours in the saddle on the 600k and no pain in the aft end.
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    Price is no object right? I'd get either a custom made Mariposa (by Mike Barry in Toronto), or a Bruce Gordon. Definitely steel, with all the appropriate attachment points thoughtfully positioned. If it's one of Bruce's bikes, I'd get the custom racks, fenders and lighting systems too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro
    Price is no object right? I'd get either a custom made Mariposa (by Mike Barry in Toronto), or a Bruce Gordon. Definitely steel, with all the appropriate attachment points thoughtfully positioned. If it's one of Bruce's bikes, I'd get the custom racks, fenders and lighting systems too.
    www.bgcycles.com right? Enjoy the pictures of Bruce's Randonee bike, the one that won Best Of Show in japan.
    This space open

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmike
    IF Ti Club Racer.
    I should have it in a few weeks.


    There are several other Brevet bike threads going in LDC... scroll down the LDC forum to find them.
    +1!
    ". . .a striped jersey under his jacket; bared calves (outside the bicycle track); cap pushed back; feet in a false position on the pedals; a barking horn, a disorderly appearance, an always-dry tongue, and a definite fondness for wine merchants. . ."

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    Seņor Member USAZorro's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ken cummings
    www.bgcycles.com right? Enjoy the pictures of Bruce's Randonee bike, the one that won Best Of Show in japan.
    Very close. I'd prefer a horizontal top tube, unless there's a good reason for it to be sloped (I wouldn't dare tell an expert what's best, but that's my aesthetic). I'd also give serious consideration to having it made with custom lugs with a dragon theme.
    The search for inner peace continues...

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    The crank on the Bruce Gordon Randonee bicycle seems to small. Touring yes, but randoneering would be to slow.
    Would you like a dream with that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by USAZorro
    Very close. I'd prefer a horizontal top tube, unless there's a good reason for it to be sloped (I wouldn't dare tell an expert what's best, but that's my aesthetic).

    The top tube is horizontal - it must just be the way the photo was taken.
    By the way -that bike and several others are for sale - they will be up on my website soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by georgiaboy
    The crank on the Bruce Gordon Randonee bicycle seems to small. Touring yes, but randoneering would be to slow.

    The crank seems small? It is a 170mm crank with a 53 tooth chainring.
    Regards,
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    Quote Originally Posted by bgcycles
    The crank seems small? It is a 170mm crank with a 53 tooth chainring.
    Regards,
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    Since it's your website, where's the link?

    I looked at every bicycle on your site. No club racer. No listing of any bicycle with a 170mm 53 tooth crank?????
    Would you like a dream with that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by georgiaboy
    Since it's your website, where's the link?

    I looked at every bicycle on your site. No club racer. No listing of any bicycle with a 170mm 53 tooth crank?????
    Here is the page with the show bikes - an updated page will be up soon with more specs.
    http://bgcycles.com/winner.html

    Regards,
    Bruce Gordon

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    Quote Originally Posted by bgcycles
    Here is the page with the show bikes - an updated page will be up soon with more specs.
    http://bgcycles.com/winner.html

    Regards,
    Bruce Gordon
    Thanks,

    Nice Bikes.
    Would you like a dream with that?

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