[CR] ride characteristics of randonneuse bikes.

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Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2009 17:12:50 -0500
From: "Angel Garcia" <veronaman@gmail.com>
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Subject: [CR] ride characteristics of randonneuse bikes.

Maybe a "sportif" would be more to your liking? I like how Curt Goodrich described the differences in his road, randonneuse and sportif bikes at his website: http://www.curtgoodrich.com/

Angel Garcia Long Valley NJ

Can anyone tell me the ride characteristics of most randonneuse bikes. I'm thinking about getting something that gives me the ability to carry a light load, probably on the front, as well as ability to mount fenders. Don't really want to run a large tire, maybe a 28c. I'm kinda trying to get away from carrying a bag on my back in the 100 degree summer heat.

My concern lies with spending big money on a new randonneuse frame and then finding out that I don't really like the ride. All my bikes have steep angles, short rake and short wheelbases and I've found this to the handling I prefer. I'd be going to the exact opposite with a Randonneuse.

I'm thinking the best idea is to get something used so that I can get back most of my investment if I decide they aren't for me. Anyone have something like this in around a 59-60cm frame? I'd like to be able to fit fenders as well as a rack on the front, maybe mid mount.

Jeff Piwonka
Austin, Texas, USA