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Old 12-19-19, 12:23 PM
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Yet another Heron has landed

An American one this time! My Heron Randonneur arrived today after a fresh coat of powder from Groody Bros. I quickly re-installed the Stronglight headset to get some pics. Build plans will be Campy 8 speed triple. This maybe barely C+V, as it's from '97 or '98 but definitely has the C/V spirit.








Couple of "before" pics:





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Old 12-19-19, 12:34 PM
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Cool frame. I like the color. I feel like I remember British racing green being a stock color for the Herons when they first came out?

I think all the Herons were 700C. Did you have the canti bosses moved for 650B, or staying 700C?

It's also interesting to see Grant's interpretation of a "randonneur" bicycle. Definitely a lot more British in style than actual vintage French randonneur bicycles - rear rack mounts and fancy lugs are a little more British. Partly why I find the Rivendell offerings a little weird - they are a hybrid of a lot of different aesthetic sources - French, British, early mountain bike.

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Beautiful frame!
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Love the colour and the frame appointments.
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Looks like Mr. Rainey did you right! Looks faster already.

A pic from the Magical Mystery Tour, as found out in the wild:



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Originally Posted by TenGrainBread View Post
I think all the Herons were 700C. Did you have the canti bosses moved for 650B, or staying 700C?

It's also interesting to see Grant's interpretation of a "randonneur" bicycle. Definitely a lot more British in style than actual vintage French randonneur bicycles - rear rack mounts and fancy lugs are a little more British. Partly why I find the Rivendell offerings a little weird - they are a hybrid of a lot of different aesthetic sources - French, British, early mountain bike.
That bike went through The Atelier, it was hard enough to get Hugh to try tires wider than 28mm, so it stayed 700c. I facilitated the purchase out of a Portland CL ad. It's close enough to my size for a good test ride with my co-pilot @Andy_K. I loaded up the handlebar bag with 10 pounds of shop tools to simulate touring, and found the front end to be a bit squirrely, so I added a bit of rake to the forks to lower the trail, which makes for good handling with a front load. Outside of that, the frame is stock.
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That's really nice. Now all we need is a tour....
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Groody Brothers did a nice job keeping the lug lines crisp. May I ask who made the decals?
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Originally Posted by TenGrainBread View Post
Cool frame. I like the color. I feel like I remember British racing green being a stock color for the Herons when they first came out?

I think all the Herons were 700C. Did you have the canti bosses moved for 650B, or staying 700C?

It's also interesting to see Grant's interpretation of a "randonneur" bicycle. Definitely a lot more British in style than actual vintage French randonneur bicycles - rear rack mounts and fancy lugs are a little more British. Partly why I find the Rivendell offerings a little weird - they are a hybrid of a lot of different aesthetic sources - French, British, early mountain bike.
The green was a stock color, but I’ve always wanted a bike in British Racing Green. It is indeed 700c . As noted, Gugie bought this for me off Portland CL last spring. We planned the great gugified PNW tour, but all I owned were racing bikes. I came up with the cockamamie idea of saving on one way shipping by just buying a bike in Portland. All the fitting and set up was done long distance by Gugie and due to a problematic work schedule, the first time I saw the bike was a few minutes before setting off on a 400 mile tour!

I looked at several bikes on Portland CL, saw this one and asked Gugie to check it out for me. He said “sure!” And the next thing I hear from him is this pic of the back of his truck:


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Very nice!
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
An American one this time! My Heron Randonneur arrived today after a fresh coat of powder from Groody Bros. I quickly re-installed the Stronglight headset to get some pics. Build plans will be Campy 8 speed triple. This maybe barely C+V, as it's from '97 or '98 but definitely has the C/V spirit.
I didn't realize Heron's were 20 years old. They were supposed to be making a comeback. BTW the powder coat looks very nice.
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
I looked at several bikes on Portland CL, saw this one and asked Gugie to check it out for me. He said “sure!” And the next thing I hear from him is this pic of the back of his truck:
I didn't even ask Hugh if he wanted it for sure. At the price it was going for Idda been happy to keep it for myself!
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Originally Posted by gugie View Post
That bike went through The Atelier, it was hard enough to get Hugh to try tires wider than 28mm, so it stayed 700c. I facilitated the purchase out of a Portland CL ad. It's close enough to my size for a good test ride with my co-pilot @Andy_K. I loaded up the handlebar bag with 10 pounds of shop tools to simulated touring, and found the front end to be a bit squirrely, so I added a bit of rake to the forks to lower the trail, which makes for good handling with a front load. Outside of that, the frame is stock.
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Ah, there it is! Been waiting for it to hatch!
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Can't go wrong with BRG . That's a real classy looking bike, Hugh.
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the first time I saw the bike was a few minutes before setting off on a 400 mile tour!
I'd trust Gugie to set up a bike, but !
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Groody Brothers did a nice job keeping the lug lines crisp. May I ask who made the decals?
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Originally Posted by droppedandlost View Post
I'd trust Gugie to set up a bike, but !
I ran out of time.

The plan was to fill up the seat tube with lead shot so I could have a fighting chance of staying up with Hugh on the climbs.
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I ran out of time.

The plan was to fill up the seat tube with lead shot so I could have a fighting chance of staying up with Hugh on the climbs.
You did succeed in sabotaging his pedal, however.
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I just picked up an 86 Schwinn Voyageur in what appears to be this exact color. It was called "British Pine". I call it BRG for "British Racing Green".
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I didn't even ask Hugh if he wanted it for sure. At the price it was going for Idda been happy to keep it for myself!
I found a Trek 2300 with Shimano 105 one time at a pawn shop. I had a friend looking for a road bike and he said he'd go over the next day to look at it. I told him right then and there, "either you buy it now or I'm buying it now. Which is it?". I'd been through the "should have bought it when you saw it regrets too many times before". He ended up getting it and still has it to this day. It's a gorgeous thing!
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Originally Posted by Spaghetti Legs View Post
An American one this time! My Heron Randonneur arrived today after a fresh coat of powder from Groody Bros. I quickly re-installed the Stronglight headset to get some pics. Build plans will be Campy 8 speed triple. This maybe barely C+V, as it's from '97 or '98 but definitely has the C/V spirit.

Herons started out as a joint venture between Rivendell, RONA Components, and Waterford in 1997. They were designed and built by Waterford and offered in two models - Road and Touring.

I bought a Touring model in 2001 or so when Rivendell was blowing out their remaining stock for only $750. Rivendell's Rambouillet (road) and Atlantis (touring) supplanted the Herons, and in 2002 the brand was sold to Todd Kuzma of Tullio's Cyclery in Illinois. Your frame is from that era.


The Rivendell-era frames had round-section fork blades and horizontal dropouts. Yours has a stouter fork and vertical dropouts, two smart improvements that Todd Kuzma specified.

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That's quite the stable you have there! Bike looks great!
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... I forgot to say - beautiful color - looks fantastic!

Mine's kind of an odd dark greenish-blue. I'd post a photo, but it seems like I've forgotten how to so that. Hmmm.
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