Quality Handmade Touring Bikes for Those Passionate About Their Cycling


The Cyclotouriste is a classic laden touring bike inspired by the classic French style of touring bikes made by Renee Herse and Alex Singer.

The geometry of the Cyclotouriste is in many ways similar to the Great Southern but tweaked slightly to give stable predictable handling with a full touring load. The wide range of sizes available ensures that the frame will fit you perfectly so those long hours on the road are as comfortable as possible.

The Cyclotouriste is constructed from light and resilient Reynolds 631 tubing giving you a ride that only top quality steel tubing can provide. The Cyclotouriste will provide you with a lifetime of cycling no matter how many hours you spend in the saddle.

The philosophy behind Velosmith bikes is to produce the best possible bike for its intended use. It is for this reason that the Cyclotouriste and the Great Southern is equipped with the top quality Shimano 8 speed STI brake/shift levers. These particular shifters (which are of 105/Ultegra level) are little used given the ever-increasing number of cogs on rear cassettes. The ten-speed derailleur systems that are becoming more and more common on road bikes add complexity and extra maintenance for at best an extra ratio or two. Eight speed cassettes are available in a wider range of capacities that suits a more touring style of riding than out and out racing and the wider chain is more durable and less likely to cause problems on the road. Velosmith does not view this as a retro move rather a pragmatic decision to ensure your Cyclotouriste or Great Southern are as reliable and trouble-free as possible.

Standard specifications

$4,850 inc GST and delivery.

Frame and Forks Fillet Brazed Reynolds 631 main triangle, Reynolds 725 stays, and Reynolds 531 forks.
Braze ons for rear rack, mounts on the forks for low rider or lights
Drivetrain Sugino XD 600T Cranks with choide of chainrings
Shimano Ultegra
Shimano Ultegra Front Derailleur
Cassette (Wide choice of ratios)
Bottom Bracket Shimano sealed cartridge
Shifters Shimano Ultegra STI
Brakes Shimano Cantilevers
Saddle San Marco ‘Rolls’ or Terry Women’s Liberator
Handlebars Ritchey Bio Max Pro (choice of widths)
Seatpost Ritchey Comp V2
Stem Velo Orange
Wheels DT Swiss TK 540 32 hole Rims
DT stainless steel spokes
DT Swiss 370 hubs
Tyres Continental Ultra Gatorskin or Contact 700 x 28

Specifications may change at short notice due to availability of components.

Optional specifications

Your Velosmith Cyclotouriste can be customised to your specifications such as:

Contact Velosmith for upgrade prices.

Updated April 2017