Adventure cycling is experiencing a renaissance of sorts, due to the emergence of the fat bike and the extended boundaries they are able to explore. But you don’t need far-flung wildernesses or 4.8″ tires to enjoy an epic ride of your own, just a taste for adventure. A randonneur like this one, by Portland’s Signal Cycles, is the perfect vehicle to take you a few days further than your regular commute.
Nate Meschke and Matt Cardinal have established a reputation for classy and conspicuously colored ‘crossers, commuters, classic road bikes and gravel grinders. Their latest, this light tourer, was built for an SF customer with an eye for custom bicycles. The order requested “a light rando, with classical influences in lugged construction and the overall aesthetic that Signal represents: timelessness.”
The frame is a mix of Columbus Spirit and Life tubing, joined by Richard Sachs Singer lugs that have been slightly modified and thinned. A SON SL generator hub is laced inside the front wheel, lighting an Edelux headlight, whose wiring runs inside the fork leg and under the fender. A Topeak pump has been painted to match the frame and portage is catered by a waxed cotton Acorn Tall Rando Bag.