While the peloton hits the mountains for the first time in this year’s Tour de France, this is probably the machine some would prefer to tour France upon. Boulder Bicycle is a ‘sister company’ to René Herse Bicycles Inc., manufacturers of fine bicycles in the spirit of the legend of the French touring and randonneur bicycles.
Boulder Bicycle produce two models of handmade frames, a 700c ‘Brevet’ and the 650b ‘All-Road’. Both are capable and comfortable long distance bicycles, but Boulder Bicycle designed them with an emphasis on speed and function, with low-trail geometry that caters for a handlebar bag and wider tires. They’re offered as a frame and fork only, or as a complete package for around US$4,300. That will get you a SON dynamo hub in the front and a White Industries hub in the rear. The bottom line is that they’re a performance handmade randonneur at an affordable price. The only catch is that blue is the only stock color and while custom paint will incur an extra charge, the René Herse decals will traditionally remain in the darker hue.
Boulder Bicycle and René Herse Bicycles Inc. can be found, naturally, in Boulder, Colorado or on their website. View more photos and a complete spec sheet of Aaron Collin’s ‘All-Road’ on his flickr stream.