Back in Stock: Maware Bar Tape, Monkey Bananas, Chainstays and more

At Rene Herse Cycles, we know that our customers rely on their bikes – for transportation, for sport and for fun. So we try to keep all our products in stock at all times. Nothing is more frustrating than needing a new tire or part for a big ride and having to hunt around for left-over stocks, because the maker or distributor is out of stock. And yet, it can happen: Demand suddenly increases, or there are delays in manufacturing. And then an item is out of stock. We just received a big shipment from Japan, and our local production right here in Seattle also has caught up, so we’ve got a lot of parts back in stock.

I got many questions about my new bike for this year’s Paris-Brest-Paris. One of the most asked was about the handlebar tape. Maware leather tape is by far my favorite. Made from pigskin, it’s thin, and it wraps smoothly. It’s soft to the touch and has just the right amount of grippiness. Whenever I moved my hands during the long 56-hour ride and felt the luxurious tape, I smiled. It’s one of the little things that make the miles pass quickly.

Nitto’s Monkey Banana bar pads (above) go under the bar tape to help support your hands in the ‘on the tops’ position, plus they offer a little shock absorption. They’ve been so popular that we couldn’t keep up with demand. Now we’ve got them again.

Nitto Bar-End Plugs are a great way to finish off your handlebars. On our Bicycle Quarterly test bikes, I’m always amazed how many bar plugs fall out when I ride over rough roads or lean the bike against a wall. These plugs, with their internal expander, stay put. Precision-machined from aluminum, they are as beautiful as they are functional.

Another part that I don’t want to do without is the Rene Herse bag stiffener. It’s just a strip of aluminum with some Velcro attached, and it goes inside a Berthoud handlebar bag to keep it from moving around. You could make your own, but it’s a lot of work. We’re now offering the bag stiffener both undrilled and with holes to match the Rene Herse decaleur.

We’re also stocked up on our Rene Herse fenders again. They are custom-made for us by Honjo in Japan, with increased coverage and our own hardware. These fenders keep spray off your feet and drivetrain, plus they are quiet and, correctly mounted, they’ll last as long as your bike. (They come with our illustrated mounting instructions.)

Our Rene Herse 1 1/8″ stem spacers are made from chrome-plated steel and a perfect complement for steel stems. Aluminum spacers are thicker and don’t match the diameter of steel stems.

We also have all our Kaisei frame tubing in stock again – especially the chainstays with 0.7, 0.8 and 1.0 mm wall thicknesses. We also offer the stays custom-bent to fit around wide tires. Kaisei tubing is mostly used for the bikes of Japan’s Keirin professionals, whose livelihood depends on their bikes. Kaisei’s quality is unmatched by any other, and we offer the tubing with custom butting profiles for small and large frames.

The Rene Herse cable braze-ons are the smallest parts we offer, and that is why we make them: I’ve always been bothered by the huge cable braze-ons you find on many bikes these days. They look almost as big as the top tube! So we’ve teamed up with Nitto to make these much-smaller braze-ons that match the elegance of a finely crafted frame.

Nitto used to make a Dummy Axle that is useful when transporting your bike. Unfortunately, it’s been discontinued, but we’ve got the remaining stock, for 126 and 135 mm frame spacing. Limited supply, and once they are gone, that is it.

Nitto’s Bike Stand is one of the most elegant I’ve ever seen. Made from tubing like their racks and with a satin chrome-plated finish, it’s the perfect way to exhibit a beautiful bike.

All these and some other parts are now back in stock.

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