2010 Velo Orange Randonneur (sold)

Update July 2013: I sold the VO Randonneur last fall. I fell in love with my single speed Trek 311 during the 2012 brevet season and decided I needed a geared bike just like it. So, in came a "new" 1982 Trek 614 as my geared brevet bike and out went the VO Randonneur to make room.

I bought the VO Randonneur frame and fork in the Fall of 2010. Many of the components were moved over from my previous brevet bike, a Surly Cross Check. The VO has a lugged steel frame designed specifically for Randonneuring, which is to say it's relatively light and lively like a classic steel race bike, but with a more relaxed geometry and the tire clearances of a light touring bike.

The bike is all decked out with the accessories that I think a good randonneuse ought to have like front rack, fenders and generator lighting. I can't think of anything about the setup of this bike that I would change even if money were no object. Well... maybe zircon encrusted brake levers.

This bike has now been through a winter's worth of 200k permanents and a full SR series. It has handled it all like a champ. It'll definitely be coming with me to France for PBP 2011.

Current Components:
Front wheel: Mavic Open Pro/Schmidt SON 28 hub
Rear wheel: Mavic Open Pro/Ultegra hub
Crank set: Sugino Alpina 48/34
Front D: Shimano Tiagra
Rear D: Shimano 105
Shifters: Dura Ace 10 speed downtube
Cassette: Sram 10 speed 11-28
Stem: Nitto Technomic Deluxe
Handlebars: Nitto Noodle
Brakes: Tektro R538
Brake levers: Tektro
Headset: VO Grand Cru
Seatpost: Thomson Elite
Saddle: Brooks B17
Front Rack: VO Rando rack
Fenders: VO hammered alu 45mm
Tires: Panaracer Pasela 28mm
Front bag: VO Campagne
Headlight: B&M IQ Cyo


  1. Looks sharp! But I thought the Surly did too.

  2. Thanks for posting - I was seriously looking at a Gunnar Sport as my new rando machine until VO just put their rando frames on sale. Your words helped make my decision to buy much easier - plus you helped me sort out some of the other variables like fender size, etc...