Last Ride…

… of the season. Organized one, in any case.

In our region the big Haltern RTF is the traditional end of season ride with roughly 1.500 attending in good weather. The ride is mostly flat with some slight undulation and very enjoyable. Many people bring special bikes; I took my Miele which promptly developed gear trouble forcing me to shorten the ride to about 70km which was a great shame. Anyway, here´s some snaps of the most special bikes I saw, starting with something competely nasty. Sure, steel gives, too, but this seatpost is carbon and not steel. No idea what happened or if anyone was hurt; just saw the bike standing in the parking space waiting.

On to something incongruent. It seems this bike was built up using some nice bits on a rather simple frame with pressed steel dropouts, something in the region of a UO8. What I find a crying shame is the seemingly unreflected use of the gold anodized MAFACs.

And this is what happens if the chap who powdercoats your bike frame doesn´t know what he´s doing. It´s unbelieavable what some customers will put up with.

Here´s the bike which spoilt the ride for me:

Before you start thinking up wild guesses, it´s not the one on the left. I took this photo at the first control post, with the weather deteriorating and not many riders about. The food was good, though, and the people who were there were in high spirits. The ride was more fun than it seems.

However, there were some very nice bicycles in Haltern, too. Take this DeRosa, for instance:

Or this absolutely ravishing Rickert:

The first owener must have coughed up some serious money as far as bikes go. What I love about the bike is the chrome, of course, but not only the fact that the frame is fully plated, but also that the platers didn´t polish away all the details. I.e., the line between fork crown and fork blade is clearly visible. Not that I love looking at frame building flaws, if you may call the line that, but this means that other, more important details also are there, like the crisp edges on this dropout.

Lugs in general are filed rather nicely on this frame, and brazing seems to be impeccable.

Then there was this rather rare Rickert ladies. Adorned with Nervex Série Légère Lugs it could be rather old, too. Build quality of the bike is a completely different story, though. The dynamo clamp made me wince.

Haltern is relatively close to Dortmund where Hugo Rickert built his bikes, so usually dozens of Rickert riders turn up, and none of their bikes are considered old steel hacks one just rides as a winter bike. Any Rickert nowadays is something special, and riders know it. Sadly, prices often reflect this, too, if one can get hold of a frame at all. Luckily I´m settled owning the rather special tall frame I got some years ago, posted at an earlier date.

No local frame, but rather from an altogether different continent: A Salsa from QBP, St Paul, MN. The owner, an avid randonneur, bought it in Germany.

The last bike for this time is the Sancineto with some rather unusually shaped steel.




Not steel framed, but seen on an autumnal ride the other day. Diameter was about 25 cm. Never seen the like.


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