2018 Philly Bike Expo: JP Weigle Randonneur – Jarrod Bunk

2018 Philly Bike Expo: JP Weigle Randonneur
Photos and words by Jarrod Bunk

For over 40 years JP Weigle has been crafting functional artwork. This bike is a culmination of those years, his hand cut and filed lugs in themselves are art. They pull you in and capture your attention.

These functional bikes aren’t just gorgeous show bikes though, each one gets ridden and tested to make sure it passes the ride quality that a Weigle is known for.  Every shape and line of this bike flows together, as the construction and build of the bike are done together creating something gorgeous and refined.  The build is comprised of Compass parts including René Herse cranks, Loup Loup Pass tires as well as Campagnolo Chorus. This modern Randonneur is ready for anything Connecticut weather can throw at it.

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  • Patrick Jonathan Neitzey

    Made for a time and somehow still timeless

  • Nate Zellmer

    The juxtaposition between this and the MAP is great! I love the similarities and differences.

    • So true. You rarely see randonneuring bikes with disc brakes because the ultralight forks used in rando frames wouldn’t withstand the forces used in disc brakes.

      • Matthew J

        Yeah that lovely curve usually not possible with discs.

  • Robert Hill

    Why are the Reynolds logo on the stickers crossed out? And the “Not” added to the seat tube decal? Anyone know the story there?

    • He uses a mix of tubes. Kaisei, Reynolds and Dedaccai. So it’s NOT all Reynolds.

      • Matthew J

        And is not afraid to incorporate subtle humor into his builds.

      • Robert Hill

        Alright, that’s pretty awesome hah.

  • JP Weigle is the mufuckin’ DON!

    • Jared Jerome

      ALL HAIL

  • JimthePE

    Is this the renowned 20 lb complete Jan Heine Weigle?

  • George T Rosselle

    When only the best will do.

  • Andrew Demack

    This and the MAP are two sides of the same rando coin … and express just about everything about the current state-of-the-art of the road-going bicycle. Love ’em.

  • mark rothschild

    ………………..Oh, I forgot to Breath…for a Minute their. – Avid Randonneur

    • mark rothschild

      “Swan Neck” Rack…Stunning

  • Nothings says “Randonneur” like a Weigle. Just beautiful. Nothing less than perfection, as usual. Also, robins egg blue should pretty much, officially be THE rando colour.

  • “Ronnie” Romance

    beyond question, Weigle sets the standard for all to aspire. there is absolutely nothing on this bike, that can be critiqued; rather this bike critiques you. I enjoy the abuse

  • Matt Meko

    Interesting mystery: how does the wire get to the tail light? The other bikes with compass tail lights featured this week have visible entry into the down tube. But here: ???

    • Alexander Hongo

      The positive wire runs inside the fork to a brush-and-plate connection that bridges the gap between the steer tube and head tube (both brush and plate are isolated from the frame with a non conductive material).

  • ffit.remark

    Why no ferrules at the brake housing hangers?

    • D Ehren Russell

      According to Jan Heine: “Stripping the plastic covering (and deleting the extra ferrule) gives you a metal-on-metal connection that also reduces the flex between housing and hanger – again improving the braking action. It’s not rocket science, but it’s a better, more elegant way of doing this.” (https://janheine.wordpress.com/2016/09/20/rene-herse-rear-cable-hanger/)

  • starground

    …THE best biplane fork crown ever. Understated perfection. Reminds me of my Baco. :-) https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/722185446f1ec1057b16dfe35202f02b8e2fc3298c017377143d4a8814d11dd4.jpg