Royal H Cycles Chauncey’s Rando

Royal H Cycles Chauncey's Rando

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.

Special thanks to the irrepressible Eric Baumann for the photos. check out more on his Ride Metal tumblr and the Royal H Cycles flickr stream.

Royal H Cycles Chauncey's Rando
Royal H Cycles Chauncey's Rando
Royal H Cycles Chauncey's Rando
Royal H Cycles Chauncey's Rando
Royal H Cycles Chauncey's Rando
Royal H Cycles Chauncey's Rando
Royal H Cycles Chauncey's Rando
Royal H Cycles Chauncey's Rando

  • I’d like to see a slightly more gradual curve in that fork rake, and that saddle just looks wierd on a post with no setback. Get a Nitto on there!

    Otherwise, immaculate. I especially like the tight geometry.

  • James Moore

    i would love to see a set of paul racer centerpull brakes polished instead of anodised. not much fan of the colour, but otherwise, gorgeous.

    • Guest

      Then go check the Paul site, they sell ’em polished.

      • James Moore

        yes thank you for the so obviously necessary snarky comment. i am fully aware they sell them. i have one on my own bike. i was referring to seeing a set on a featured bike. it seems like everyone always chooses the anodised versions, and on a bike with that much gleaming chrome and eye catching paint, the polished version would have fit right in.

        • Guest

          Sorry mate, no snark intended.
          Just thought you were not aware, I too rock a set of polished racer’s.

          • James Moore

            then i apologise, as thats the way it came across. either way, beautiful bicycle.