Olaf’s Randonneur

Olaf has a beloved Bridgestone RB1 which is one of the most comfortable bikes he’s ridden. Only thing is, it won’t take racks or bigger tires. Olaf’s brief to me was to build a classically constructed randonneur based on his beloved Bridgestone but with the capacity for touring and bigger tires. I love building lugged frames and this was the perfect excuse. I tried a different lug treatment – building fillets in the corners of the lugs and thinning out the points for a more elegant profile. Olaf had an eclectic selection of parts to compliment the frame. I love the way the finished bike blends old and new in a timeless style.

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Frame: Columbus Zona tubes, silver soldered Lon Shen lugs with brass fillet work and tapered points.

Fork: Traditional flat crown with bent blades. Custom Paul’s canti mounts.

Wheels: Mavic rims laced to White Industries Hubs

Components: Dura-Ace derailleur, shifter and cranks. Race Face narrow-wide chainring. Cane creek brake levers with Paul’s Racer brakes. Race Face headset

Finishing kit: Campy Record Ti seatpost, Zipp stem, Fizik bars, Brookes Swift saddle, Brookes bar tape

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