Bishop Bikes Randonneur

Bishop Bikes Randonneur

The Randonneur that Chris Bishop revealed at the 2012 NAHBS is a bright orange beauty that combines old-world elegance with modern and distinct details that secured the Baltimore builder the award for Best Lugged Construction. A worthy reward for the hours Chris spent bringing it to life.

John ‘Prolly’ Watson managed to abscond the 650b-wheeled wonder for a brief photo shoot during his coverage of this year’s event. As usual, he did a great job of capturing the plethora of details make up this highly lauded bike, including the hand-carved and thinned lugs, custom stainless front rack, lacquered bar wrap, Paul brakes and hammered Honjo fenders. Not too mention an obsolete yet extremely functional detail: a Campagnolo ‘Porta Catena’, a nifty device incorporating a switch on the down tube shifter that pushes the chain past the last gear to enable a chain-free wheel removal… Another of Tulio Campagnolo’s innovative inventions.

This is the complete vehicle for a randonée: a 200 (or more) kilometer course where riders are expected to be self-sufficient for the entire journey. Hence, there should only be a requirement for a large handlebar bag. A pump is mounted behind the seat tube, fore and aft lighting is powered by a front dynamo hub, and the component sheet is a seamless integration of Shimano Dura-Ace, Campagnolo, Suntour and TA Specialites.

Big thanks to John Watson and Chris Bishop. See more details on John’s blog, Prolly is not Probably.

Bishop Bikes Randonneur
Bishop Bikes Randonneur
Bishop Bikes Randonneur
Bishop Bikes Randonneur
Bishop Bikes Randonneur
Bishop Bikes Randonneur
Bishop Bikes Randonneur
Bishop Bikes Randonneur
Bishop Bikes Randonneur

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  • snapoutovit

    Magnifique!

  • fazer6

    Stunning

  • area man

    when i think about a bicycle, thats what i think of.

  • Darrell

    Excellent! And the color is perfect. Orange is the best color for a bike.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dimypap Dim-itri’os Ev-angelos Pap’the

    exquisite details.!. especially the pump, light & bell ringer…

  • Finny

    this has to MY bike! Realy stunning!