1969 René Herse Racer

1969 Rene Herse Racer

It’s interesting to compare the bikes exhibited at the 2011 NAHBS with this machine, there’s many similarities and it’s easy to see where many of the artisans at Austin got their inspiration. With good reason; the name of René Herse is spoken of in awe and hushed tones by those who appreciate the fine art of the custom bicycle.

René Herse produced some of the world’s finest road racing and touring bicycles from the 1940s until his death in 1976. He was known as a ‘constructeur’, meaning he not only created the frame, but also many of the parts on the bike as well. This marvelous example was created in 1969 and is just as relevant today as it was back then. Not only the rear brake cable is internally routed but also the front and rear derailleurs (note the brazed-on entries below the shifters). Apparently René’s daughter Lyli repainted the frame in the late 70s, originally the lugs and logos would have been hand lined and painted. The Cinelli stem and bars are original, as are the Weinmann brakes and levers. The rest of the components were most likely added when the frame was repainted.

Frames with triple internal routes are rare within the Herse range, so you can be assured this specimen is a genuine collectible. If you’re quick, it could be yours. It’s on eBay at the moment, and the auction ends in a few hours

1969 Rene Herse Racer
1969 Rene Herse Racer
1969 Rene Herse Racer
1969 Rene Herse Racer
1969 Rene Herse Racer
1969 Rene Herse Racer
1969 Rene Herse Racer
1969 Rene Herse Racer
1969 Rene Herse Racer
1969 Rene Herse Racer
1969 Rene Herse Racer
1969 Rene Herse Racer
1969 Rene Herse Racer
1969 Rene Herse Racer
1969 Rene Herse Racer