Pricing and Ordering
(all prices subject to change without
There is no substitute for personal
discussion, but the following should provide an overview of our pricing
structure and policies.
The policy of René Herse Bicycles is to
sell complete bicycles as this insures that each machine we provide will
be comprised of proprietary and production components that work together
harmoniously. This policy is flexible; for example, some clients may
already have a parts kit (perhaps someone wishing to build their bicycle
with vintage components). While René Herse Bicycles Inc. sells
complete bicycles, the following prices are meant to serve as a rough
guide for our pricing structure.
Randonneur Frame/Fork and Rack Lugged
700c or 650b
Randonneur Frame/Fork and Rack as
above w/handmade bb shell
frame featuring a full custom geometry and either oversize or
traditional diameter tubing. Tubing is carefully selected to create a
frame that works in harmony with the rider. Lugs are handmade to insure a perfect match for the required
angles and tubing diameters and are cut in one of the traditional René Herse designs. Dropouts are proprietary to Rene Herse and the seatstay
connection is in the traditional René Herse style. A custom
chromed front rack is provided with lighting interfaces according to the
specified lighting system. Paint is a high-quality single color with the legendary René Herse
name handpainted on the downtube and headtube. Box striping
applied by hand is also included.
The handmade bottom bracket shell
option allows for the option of bent chainstays which can provide even
greater clearance for wider fenders. A handmade shell is also
extremely elegant to the trained eye.
New Series Frame/Fork and Rack
Lugged 700c/650b stainless lug
An exciting new series using
custom made stainless lugs (lug sections welded to precisely specified
angles) and built by the wizards at Waterford. These frames like
our Mark Nobilette built frames are a tour de force of frame
craftsmanship. These frames use light oversize tubing. They
have the famous Rene Herse name handpainted on the downtube and feature
the same box striping. The price includes a front rack. The
650b frame using 50mm fenders will comfortably accommodate the popular
Grand Bois Hetre tire.
or Track Frame/Fork
Same tubing, custom geometry, paint, and
lug/bb offerings as provided in the Randonneur Frame but without the
front rack and fittings specific to a randonneur bicycle.
Other features and options
René Herse Custom Stem (Ahead
Type) $ 575
René Herse lighting package version
A. Includes light switch assembly for stem, (does not require use
of Herse stem!), bracket to mount a headlight such as a Schmidt Edelux
or B&M Cyo (light not included), and a custom René Herse rear
tailight that uses B&M internals to provide a standlight which mounts on
the back of the seatube. Price also includes installation.
Note that the wiring from fork area to downtube with this package is
external. It is easier to install and subsequently use, but
slightly less elegant
René Herse lighting package
version B. Everything from the version package above, but with the
famous Herse carbon brush at the steerer/headtube which eliminates the
external cable run. This does make subsequent headset replacement
more difficult, and also requires the drilling of a hole in the steerer.
But it is amazingly elegant!
Rear “Platform” Style rack (sits on top of
René Herse Decaleur (Handlebar bag
support with bag mounting hardware
Assembly of your bicycle - for assembly of a full
bicycle, including precision wheelbuilding and mounting of fenders/rack,
the cost is $400. The cost of lighting installation is included in
the lighting packages above. We estimate that it takes
approximately 12 to 14 hours to assemble a
René Herse bicycle, not including
Parts for your bicycle will be
supplied at prices that are highly competitive. Our mailorder
prices are among the lowest around. Plus, you can always supply
some of your own parts as well.
A deposit of $500 will secure your place
in line for a new René Herse bicycle. At the time the deposit is made,
you will be informed of the approximate total price. You will also be
given a time window for expected delivery.
Within 45 days of the actual commencement
of your new bicycle’s construction, a non-refundable total of 50% of the
bicycles total purchase price (including the already paid $500 deposit)
will be required. In the unlikely case that the final cost of your new
bicycle will be significantly different than the anticipated price at
the time the deposit was made, the deposit will be fully refundable
should the customer wish to cancel the order. Similarly, if the
completed bicycle cannot be completed within the time window for
expected delivery, the buyer may cancel the deposit as long as
construction has not commenced.