Michele’s Bicycle

Michele came to me in the summer of 2012 with a request for a 700c randonneuring bicycle similar to her Waterford, but with a traditional diamond frame (non-sloping top tube), S&S couplers for travel, a more comfortable ride and better fit. This build initially took a year in its first manifestation, and evolved into a 650b randonneuring bicycle after Michele completed the 1415km London-Edinburgh-London ride in 2013. A mishap involving the bicycle flying free from her bike rack at 50mph (about 80kph) on the way to another long ride gave me the opportunity to adjust the frame to her evolving needs.

The frame features a full set of braze-ons; chain hanger; spare spoke carrier; stainless steel S&S couplers; cantilever brake mounts; brushed stainless steel fork crown and seat stay caps; custom front and rear racks; and, clearance for 42mm 650b tires. Paint (Imron #44414, Jade Green metallic) is by Chris Kvale.

Summer Knight
Frame and Fork
Part Description
Top tube length (c-c) 56.0cm
Seat tube length (c-c) 56.0cm
Bottom bracket drop 8.5cm
Chain stay length 43.5cm
Front center 58.3cm
Wheel size 650b (584)
Fork offset 4.2cm
Trail (42mm tires) 6.1cm
Head angle 72.5°
Seat angle 72.5°
Wheelbase 100.4cm
Head tube CrMo 31.8mm ø (1.1mm)
Top tube Columbus Genius 28.6mm ø (.7/.4/.7)
Down tube Columbus Life 31.8mm ø (.7/.5/.7)
Seat tube Columbus Life 28.6mm ø (.7/.4/.6)
Lugs Richard Sachs “Rene Singer”
Bottom bracket shell Long Shen LB-07 (68mm width)
Chain stays Columbus Zona 30/16mm oval (.8/.6)
Chain stay bridge CrMo 9.5mm ø (.9)
Seat stays Tange Prestige
Seat stay bridge Cinelli 506A
Dropouts Shimano SF, vertical
Steerer Columbus Thron, threadless 1”
Fork Crown Long Shen LC-01, stainless steel (38.5mm) (original 700c fork)
Fork Crown Pacenti PBP, stainless steel (replacement 650b fork)
Fork Blades Columbus SL (28/20mm oval, .9)
Fork Ends Shimano SF
Part Description
Saddle Really not sure what’s on there…
Seatpost Ritchey WCS
Handlebars FSA K-force, compact, 42cm
Shift/Brake Levers SRAM Red, 10-speed
Handlebar Tape Cinelli Cork Ribbon, black
Handlebar Ends Cinelli, black
Stem Ritchey WCS, – 80mm
Headset Chris King, black – threadless
Brakes Paul Components – Mini-Moto
Tires Grand Bois Cerf – 650b x 42mm
Inner Tubes Schwalbe, presta valve
Rims HED Belgium plus – 650b x 25mm, 32-hole
Spokes Sapim – stainless steel, brass nipples
Front Hub Schmidt Original Nabendynamo (SON) – 32-hole, 100mm
Rear Hub DT Swiss 240s – 32-hole, 130mm
Cassette SRAM (PG-1070), 12-36t, 10-speed
Chain SRAM (PC-1051), 10-speed
Crankset SRAM Red, 34/50t – 172.5mm
Bottom Bracket SRAM GXP
Pedals Speedplay Zero – stainless
Dérailleur – Rear SRAM XO
Dérailleur – Front SRAM Red – braze-on
Water Bottle Cages King – stainless steel, silver (2x)
Computer Planet Bike 9.0
Fenders Honjo-Koken, hammered – 50mm
Headlight Schmidt Edelux
Taillight Busch & Mueller Seculite Plus taillight, fender-mount
Pump Topeak Road Morph G

A few, short kilometers from the finish of Michele’s second Paris-Brest-Paris (2015), she was rear-ended by another participant and suffered severe injuries. The latest (third) incarnation of Michele’s bicycle is long-delayed, but in–progress, following that mishap. Due to the consequences of her injuries, some dimensional and geometry changes are being made to her frame, which means cold-setting, replaced tubes, and re-worked lugs. In the mean time, she is back to riding her Waterford and organizing brevets as RBA for the Great Lakes Randonneurs, like the delightful Great Lakes Mac & Cheese 1200k. Look here for updates when Michele is reuinted with her repaired frame and rebuilt bicycle.