Méral Randonneur

Meral Randonneur

Méral was a French marque that was based in La Fuye, near Tours, in the Loire Valley. Their catalogue included a model for most genres: road racing, track, a mountain bike, lady’s racers and some impeccable randonneurs. This particular model was manufactured before Méral was taken over, while the foreman builder was Francis Quillon, now considered a guru of French frame building.

A wonderful example of the glory days of randonneuring—when one relied on the luminescence of a torch to navigate moonlit country roads. The other lamp is actually dynamo-driven, located behind the bottom bracket and actuated by the extra shifter on the seat tube. The frame has been constructed from the ultra-reliable Reynolds 531, and kitted out with Huret derailleurs and a Spécialités TA Cyclotouriste crank set. I can almost smell the damp canvas from here.

Special thanks to tetedelacourse for the fine photography, visit his flickr for more. Thanks also, always, to Classic Rendezvous.

Meral Randonneur
Meral Randonneur
Meral Randonneur
Meral Randonneur
Meral Randonneur
Meral Randonneur
Meral Randonneur
Meral Randonneur

  • the fork

    Paging Marty Walsh and John Watson…. Paging Marty Walsh and John Watson…. Refinement wants to have a word with you on line 2 and you are late for your après-polo appointment with Competence….

  • Teo

    Queston: why is there a derailleur lever on the seat tube?

    • Hey Teo, that shifter acutally activates the dynamo which is located behind the bottom bracket. Nice touch, huh?

  • Anonymous

    Extensive and time consuming research through the accompanying text revealed this hidden nugget :>

    “The other lamp is actually dynamo-driven, located behind the bottom bracket and actuated by the extra shifter on the seat tube.”

  • Jesse

    Question: Why don’t you read the article?

  • Bill

    this isn’t a randonneur, it’s a camping bike.

    • So what’s French for camping bike? Hmmm… vélo campant doesn’t have the same ring.

  • Dontcoast

    wow. want.

    those racks do make it look more like a tourer than a rando but the chainstays seem pretty short.

    can we get geometry specs? 😀

  • Pikesvillebikes

    I’ll never forget my Meral. Powder blue. Rode 8900 miles on that bike.