With every frame Bryan Hollingsworth builds, he gets closer to the essence of Royal H Cycles. Bryan started RHC five years ago, in 2009, and although his portfolio is extensive, his latest spate of frames have been consistently excellent. This is Chauncey’s randonneur, a prime example of the quality you can expect from a Royal H Cycle.
Strictly speaking, a randonneur is not a touring bike, but rather one designed to race against the clock for, say, 200 kilometres. The bikes have relatively relaxed geometry and riders must prove they’ve completed the distance by having race cards stamped at regular intervals. They have to be self-sustained for that distance also, so the bike must be able to carry a small amount of luggage.
Chauncey sourced the components himself, including a selection of 9 speed Campagnolo levers and derailleurs. There’s a dynamo Schmidt hub up front, whose wiring runs from the contact plates on the dropout up through the leg to the headlight. Tom Dixon did the paint, flawlessly laying a tinted clear coat over the copper sparkle with highlights on the Pacenti fork crown and seat stay caps.