She's an old favorite--ah, young love!--who's about to be replaced by a new Pereira custom-made Randonneuse so I want to give her her due now before I get all hot and bothered about my new flame. Ah, raw lust!
She was a Fixie for a while, but when I discovered randonneuring just after the 2007 Paris Brest Paris, I reconverted her back to her multi-geared origins. Here are her current specs:
- "Fuji Double Butted Chrome Molybdenum Steel Tubing"
- 73 degree Seat Angle
- 73 degree Head Angle
- 58.5 cm Top Tube (center to center)
- 6 cm Bottom Bracket drop
- 43.5 cm chain stays
- 5 cm fork rake
- Off-the-shelf replacement fork
- 144 mm Tread or Q-Factor
- Matrix 32 hole Front Rim
- Shimano 600 Front HubGentleman 81, 36 hole Rear Rim
- Suzue High Flange Rear Hub
- Grand Bois Cypress 700c 32mm Tires
- SKS Plastic Fenders
- TA Pro 5 Vis 170 cm Cranks
- Shimano PD A520 Pedals
- Technomic Stem
- Grand Bois "Randonneur" Handlebars
- Selle Anatomica Saddle
- Nitto Saddle Post
- Clamp-on Water Bottle Holders (no braze-ons)
- Weinmann Vainqueur 999 Brakes
- Tektro Brake Levers
- TA Cyclotouriste 32-44-52 Chainrings
- 14-28T five speed freewheel
- Suntour 7 Front Derailleur
- Suntour VX Rear Derailleur
- Suntour Shifters
- Chris King Headset
- TA Bottom Bracket
- Velo Orange Decaleur
- Velo Orange Front Rack
- ViVa Saddlebag Support
- Ostrich Handlebar Bag
- Ostrich Saddle Bag (not used on 200k or 300k brevets to date)
- Cateye Strada Cadence Cyclocomputer
- Planet Bike Blinky's
- Busch & Muller Ixon IQ headlight (not pictured)
Discerning eyes will note the old red/white lenses on the "French" flashlight hanging from the left pannier. I also had a small handlebar bag mounted on a removeable handlebar rack. Non-aero brake levers. A Silca pump. Campy Record pedals with toe-clips. And a really heavy sleeping bag!
The tires were sew-ups and the saddle was a Unicanitor plastic saddle covered in Buffalo hide. I also had a Cinelli Stem and Handlebar. The original fork rake was 7 cm.
I'm a sucker for chrome, but alas will not go for it on the new Randonneuse. Too environmentally damaging. The Fuji was and is a good bike. And she's the only one since my Schwinn Continental, so I guess I'm about ready for my Pereira.
But she's got to get me through this season still. She and I are getting set for my next challenge: the 400k. Let's see how we do together.
Keep it, and keep it, and keep it...
UPDATE: For a post on my early thoughts about the new randonneuring bicycle I'm having built up, check this out. And also: Part 4: Let the Build Begin!