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Old 08-10-05, 12:00 PM
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Cycles Alex Singer

And now,something a little different. I'm toying with the idea of buying a really nice cyclotourist type of bike in the Alex Singer/Giles Berthoud (spelling?) vein. I have to complete my first sanctioned century ride before plunking down the deposit. Probably won't do the century until next year. This is a condition/reason for buying a new bike. Does anyone have experience with these bikes and/or similar makes that are of similar function? Your comments, suggestions and experiences will be greatly appreciated. Thx, Thom.
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Mariposa, Heron, Atlantis and Saluki by Rivendell, Gaansari (the Flyer), Kogswell, A.N.T. (the Club Racing), Tournesol, The Ebisu from Jitensha Cycles. Check out the 650B pages for more randonneuring bikes using the 584mm wheel size.
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There are several high-end Japanese makers who build whole randonneuring bicycles in the old French "constructeur" manner, some of whom market only to the Japanese market where these types of bicycles are highly appreciated. Alps is one builder, Maruishi, Toei and others are mentioned in this article: http://folks.harbornet.com/kstagg/Mariposa.htm

Sacha White makes some exquisite models in his Portland workshop http://www.vanillacycles.com
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Sacha White makes some exquisite models in his Portland workshop http://www.vanillacycles.com
Yeah! Get a Vanilla then tell me how nice it is so I know if I should keep drooling over them or not.
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All good suggestions so far--or maybe a vintage early 1980s Trek on ebay. I'm still happily riding two of mine, both of which I bought in 1983. I'm sure there are many other good bikes from that era. I'm just speaking from my own experience.
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why not get the real deal ? Alex Singer (the company) is still in business

Alex Singer Cycles
53 rue Victor Hugo, 92300 LEVALLOIS-PERRET, France
Tel. 0033 1 47 37 42 14

Don Gillies has a page about his visit last year http://www.ece.ubc.ca/~gillies/singer/

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Thanks for all the input so far. I've had two TREK bikes in the past few year. Currently ride a 1000 road bike so I'm not real keen on another TREK although they are great bikes; I'd like something different. I've checked-out the Vanilla sight and yes, they are beautiful. Also have looked at, websites, Rivendell, Moots, Independent Fab and a few others. The idea of getting a French manufactured bike in the old "constructor" method really appeals to me. Thanks to Velonomad; I'm definately checking-out the link. Don't stop now, it's starting to get interesting.
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If you're going to get a Vanilla custom, best get it started now: The wait is now up to 15 months, last I heard (in the Commuting forum, just a week ago).

It seems as though you like style as much as substance, and my hat's off to you for that. I'm a sucker for a nice looking machine too. The Berthoud bikes are nice looking, but the only ones I've seen so far are unlugged, and as far as style goes, this is a big selling point for me.

My recommendations:

1. Like Velonomad suggested, try contacting the Alex Singer cyclery. I'm not sure if you'll find an English-speaker at the other end, but you can also try their email if you want to save on long-distance charges to find out if communication is possible: [email protected]

2. A nice Hetchins - I *think* they're still in biz, although it's changed hands a few times and is now handled by David Miller, if he hasn't given up the ghost. Either way, last I heard they still make duplicates of the old-time Magnum opus bikes and others, and I'm sure you could get a lovely club tourer from them:

http://www.hetchins.org/100.htm
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http://www.worldclasscycles.com/HETCHINS_HOME.htm

3. Another in the "I'm not sure what's up right now" dept: Horace Bates cantiflex reproductions. Last I heard, and this was a few years back, Ron Cooper was making frames for them, at 70-some-odd years young. They appear to still be available, and their bicycles are awesome-looking. The picture quality stinks, but check out the "long & low" French tourer on their site.

More pics of Bates bikes, for the uninitiated:
http://hometown.aol.co.uk/reclassicb...flex_Home.html
Better pics at Classic Rendezvous:
http://www.classicrendezvous.com/Bri...race/Bates.htm

4. I'm always plugging for them, but Mercian and Bob Jackson are still in the biz too, and can hook you up with another classic-looking bicycle of any shape or geometry, and at a relatively cheap price.

http://www.bobjacksoncycles.co.uk/
http://www.merciancycles.co.uk/

5. And finally, there's Richard Moon in California. His lugwork is also quite nice, although he tends a bit towards the Rococo for my tastes:

http://www.cwo.com/~lunarlab/

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