Jim:

Attached are photos of my 2008 Toei Randonneur. ╩I've been wanting a randonneur specific bike since 1997. ╩I've talked to several builders and actually made three previous attempts to get a complete system. ╩ ╩With the american builders that I spoke to there was resistance with regard to the making or even╩accommodating╩a seat tube tail light, ╩the rack(s), or the caliper mounts, the "eclariage san fil"(internal conductor between the fork and frame to conduct electricity inside the frame.╩╩I got a Toei and my desires have been satisfied. ╩It uses a Campagnolo drive train with a chorus rear derailleur, centaur front derailleur, chorus cassette, daytona brake/shift levers. ╩Anodized aluminum, which Campagnolo held the highest standard of implementation, was the driving theme. ╩ It uses a 10 speed rear cassette, ╩TA Zephyr Cranks (50-40-30 chainrings). ╩Mafac 2000 (engraved version) centerpull calipers. ╩Toei Stem, Nitto bars, seat post and bottle cages. Honjo Fenders. Brooks B-17 saddle with a titanium frame. ╩I got the saddle before the economic spike devalued the dollar. ╩The frame tubing is oversized on the top tube and down tube. ╩It is 61 cm c-c along the seat tube. ╩It handles nicely with a 10 lbs. load on the front end. ╩The down side of a low trail bike is that it is more difficult to do track stands at traffic signals. ╩The tires shown are Vittoria CX 25 mm. ╩After getting a puncture in the first 150 miles of riding I concluded that the tires are too tender for my fitness rides. ╩They have been replaced with Panaracer Pasela Tour Guard and I've had no flats in 650 miles. ╩I haven't concluded whether or not it "planes" but I feel pretty fast on it.

Todd Teachout

thteach@sonic.net

 

Toei Randonneur - side view

Toei Randonneur - front end detail

 
Toei Randonneur - head on view

 

Toei Randonneur - rear light detail
 
Toei Randonneur - drivetrain detail
Toei Randonneur - rear view
 

Toei Randonneur - rear fender attachment

 
Toei Randonneur - bottom bracket mount detail

 

Toei Randonneur - Lighting setup
 


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