Buck’s Unique Chesini Light Tourer

Chat with Buck enough and you’ll pick up on it. By “it” I mean his desire to get a deal on unique things. Or at least that was my impression. He rolled this Chesini into Golden Saddle this week and it immediately piqued my interest. Turns out, he bought it from a shop in Seattle that was liquidating its inventory. It came mostly as you see it here, minus the Swift saddle pack and top tube pad. It also had a longer pandographed stem, which Buck swapped out for a Nitto. The seller noted that their shop commissioned Chesini to build them a lightweight touring bike, with a randonneuring influence. To my knowledge, this wasn’t Chesini’s specialty and was their first attempt at creating such a bike. It’s a prototype of sorts if you will and prototypes are often a bit buggy. Idiosyncracies aside, this bike has style and is not ashamed of its detailing. If you’ve seen Chesini frames before, you’re familiar with how extravagant they can be. That being said, there are a few head-scratchers. For starters, there are no provisions for a front rack, hence the pipe clamps. Those dropouts are a bit uncharacteristic of Chesini’s craftsmanship, and the angles do look a bit steep for a tourer.

Still, when Buck rolled this bike through the shop, I had to get some photos of it. Documenting well-used bikes like this is always fun and I know y’all would enjoy it. Now, I know someone out there has more information about it, so let’s hear it!


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  • Meshkat

    I used to have an Aguila that had those lugs. I loved that bike.

    • Was it a road bike? It’s kinda wild seeing these lugs on a bike like this.

      • Meshkat

        Yes, it was a road bike that was cursed. It belonged to a shop owner in Ontario who was hit by a car while riding the bike and he retired the frame as the rear triangle was a little out of alignment. Then one of his mechanics took it to a shop and had it professionally cold set and rode it until he got it by a car in Vancouver. I got it from that mechanic and had it straightened again and built as a commuter until, you guessed it, I was hit by a car. At that point the fork was cooked but the rest of the bike was fine so I put a new fork on a rode it until a crack developed in the seattube lug then I finally retired it. Actually, now that I think about it maybe those were the strongest lugs ever made if they made it through all that.

  • Superpilot

    Purple and chrome is delish. Not sure about the red, but the luglove is real…

  • Jonathan Neve

    Yes!! Buck brought this bike into MJs earlier this year. Strange and funky bike, super cool dude. Definitely more of a Big Thief fan now too knowing he’s into bikes…

    • Max

      Good point! Love the band, and now I’ll think of this bike whenever I listen to them.

  • Eric Hancock

    This is quirky in the best way. Great bike.

    Those are some thin seat stays.

  • The mounting bracket for that front rack was certainly bent by hand. Really cool bike, thanks for the great photos.

  • Andrew Demack

    Chesini’s website has pix of this bike! (Or this ‘model’?) https://www.chesini.it/eng/bikes/gran-tour

  • Peter Hedman

    The rear dropouts hurt me, in a funny way.

  • Jesse Reade

    I would like to know more about this stem covered in pandas.