Berthoud and Spokes Arrive

Covid-19 has created many challenges for the bike industry. Supply chains have been disrupted, lockdowns have stopped production, shipping has become erratic, and exchange rates fluctuate wildly. Even staples like inner tubes are in short supply.

At Rene Herse, we’ve been working hard to keep our products in stock, because we know you rely on them for your rides. Even so, a few things have been in short supply. This week, we first received a big shipment from Japan (above), and now also from France.

That means we’ve got all saddles in all colors in stock again, with steel and titanium rails. Choose between the ultralight Galibier/Soulor, the medium-width Aravis/Aspin (my favorite saddle of all time) or the wide Aubisque (bottom row from left). There’s also the women’s model, and two ‘Open’ versions (men’s and women’s) with a cut-out. Click here for our guide to choosing the Berthoud saddle that’s best for you.

We also have Berthoud’s elegant bar-end mirror in stock again. It’s small and unobtrusive, yet it allows you to see what’s behind with a quick glance.

The mirrors also are available with leather inserts to match your handlebar tape and/or saddle. The leather versions come with a second, matching bar plug.

We also got more bags – all sewn by Véronique who’s made them for more than 20 years now. I especially like the banana-shaped underseat bag. It quickly attaches to your bike, it tucks neatly out of the way and yet it has a lot of capacity.

I’m also very fond of the Berthoud panniers. The attachment with straps and a spring works with (almost) any rack, and since it tensions the pannier, it doesn’t rattle like so many other panniers. The laces allow adjusting the volume depending on whether you wear all your clothes on a cold day or carry extra food after a big resupply stop. And they last almost forever – I still am using a set I ordered 20 years ago.

We also got more Sapim spokes. We offer them in all the lengths that you need to build front wheels with the generator hubs and rims we carry in the Rene Herse program. We like the Sapims because their heads are perfectly formed, and their butts are short, so they are lighter, more aerodynamic and stronger than other double-butted spokes.

These are just a few of the things we received. Click on the images for more information – and also check out the next post on our shipment from Japan.

2 Responses to Berthoud and Spokes Arrive

  1. Benjamin Van Orsdol October 10, 2020 at 4:40 am #

    Is the mirror slightly convex? I find that mirrors that small are too difficult to really know what’s coming up from behind without being convex

    • Jan Heine October 11, 2020 at 8:36 am #

      The mirror is flat, so it doesn’t distort the image. Unlike in a car, you don’t use the mirror on a bike for checking traffic behind before lane changes, so you don’t need as wide a field of vision: You usually care about traffic that is directly behind. If you want to scan a wider field of vision, you can move your head a bit…