Readers’ Rides: Ben’s Bantam 650b Randonneur


Readers’ Rides: Ben’s Bantam 650b Randonneur

This week’s Readers’ Rides comes from Ben and features his beautiful Bantam Randonneurring machine. Check it out below with a full build spec and with words by Ben!

This is my Bantam Bicycle Works custom 650b randonneur for the Readers Rides column. I’ve had this bike since July 2018 and I’ve ridden it all over the Pacific Northwest on brevets, gravel rides, country road rambles, singletrack under biking misadventures, etc. Our longest ride together was a 600k Seattle Randonneurs brevet the summer I got it. I’m hoping to have the chance to add some more long-distance rides to the docket once the world recovers. I love this bike, it fits like a glove and feels good even after 40 hours in the saddle. The full parts list is below and photos are attached. Bob from Bantam did a great job building this for me.

Build details:
Bantam Bicycle Works frame and fork
Cane Creek 110 headset
Nitto 100mm tig welded steel stem
Rene Herse 44cm Maes Parallel bars
Nitto S65 seatpost
Brooks c15 carved saddle
Ultegra 6800 group
Sugino ox601d 46/30 crankset
TRP Spyre brake calipers
HED Belgium+ rims
White Industries CLD 12mm TA rear
SON Delux dynamo 12mm TA front
Luxos U headlight with USB charger
Honjo fenders
Swift Industries medium Ozette rando bag xpac
Giles Berthoud decaleur

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