René Herse Bicycles Inc.

René Herse Commuter

If you’re a reader of the exceptionally fine publication titled Bicycle Quarterly, you may have come across a review of this machine. It’s a modern recreation of the original by René Herse Bicycles Inc., of Boulder, Colorado. It may not be an original, but the soul and passion that René had for creating beautiful bicycles still resides within the frame.

Contracted by medical writer John Ferguson of New York, this 650b captures the essence of the Golden Era of cycling, whilst enjoying modern technological improvements. An Edelux front generator hub powers a SON headlight, whose wiring, naturally, is routed internally and is regulated by a nifty stem cap switch. The transmission is a mix of old and new: there’s a Dura-Ace mech in the rear and a modified Huret in the front, to cater for the TA Specialites crank set. The twin-plate fork crown was built by Mark Nobilette, a fitting touch to a modern classic.

For more information on René Herse Bicycles Inc., head to their website, while you can see more details of the build process on John Ferguson’s flickr stream. All photography by Mark Kone using a Leica AG M8.

René Herse Commuter
René Herse Commuter
René Herse Commuter
René Herse Commuter
René Herse Commuter
René Herse Commuter

  • Adgzdg

    Commuter!?! A bit of an insult don’t you think.

    • Anonymous

      One man’s commuter used to be another’s ride over the highest mountain passes in Europe. At least bikes of this caliber are still being built.

  • Cleotalk

    Randonneur, not a commuter

  • fpavao

    I could use that as a commuter. But if you wanna be more specific, just add a rear rack and that’s it, perfect for going to work. Despite those stupid gear shifters…

  • Absolutely love the fenders!