1989 Maruishi Wanderer.


This bike is modelled after a French-style randonneur touring bike, with all the necessary braze-ons, including low-rider front rack mounts. Notice the extended top head lug, and fancy pump peg. The frame has lots of tire clearance (due in part to the fact that it was made for 27” wheels with large tires and fenders), laid back angles, and a long wheelbase (about 105 cm). It has a stable ride, without sacrificing agility on sharp turns. I have switched almost all the parts, to create my own version of a cyclotouring dream bike, a poor-man’s Rivendell. Dave at Bike Works calls it “The Riverdale.”





Frameset: Ishiwata EXO tubing. Made in Japan.

Headset: Tange Falcon

Front Derailleur: Mavic (French der. is necessary for the TA cranks, which have little room between the arm and chainring.)

Rear Derailleur: Shimano Deore 1989

Shifters: Campagnolo Record Downtube

Chain: SRAM

Crankset: TA Cyclotourist 170mm, 36/46

Pedals: Shimano M737 SPD, first issue.

Cassette: Performance 11-28.

Bottom Bracket: Shimano Deore (triple Mtn. spindle works great with TA cranks)


Front: Suzue sealed bearing hub, 36 hole, and Mavic MA-40 rim

Rear: Shimano 105 cassette hub, 36 hole, and Mavic MA-3 rim (a bargain from Nashbar)

Tires: Panaracer Pasela 700 x 35. Actually about 28 mm.

Brakeset: Front: Shimano Deore/Deore XT cantilever (pre low-profile). Shimano 600 Ultegra aero levers.

These brakes work great, and are extremely adjustable, which I need since this bike was made for 27” wheels, and even then the cantilever posts were brazed on a bit too high. This is my main complaint with the frame, but it’s only the rear that gives me this trouble.

Handlebar: Nitto 42 cm. Classic bend

Stem: Nitto Technomic Deluxe 9 cm, long quill. Brings the handlebars to a comfortable height. Strategic placement of bell breaks up the length of          quill sticking out of the steer tube.

Bar Tape: Ciclolinea

Seatpost: Ritchey 27.0 mm.

Saddle: Brooks Team Professional, steel rails.

Bottle Cages: TA Steel.

Front Rack: Nitto

Handlebar Bag: Gilles Berthoud

Mounting these bags is the big issue. I prefer to take the straps which are meant to attach to the flats of the handlebars, and attach them to the bars directly below the brake levers. Much more stable.




Here’s the bike as it came out of the box:





Full Shimano Deore drivetrain, 6-speed index, Biopace chainrings, randonneur bars (way too narrow, and stem is too short), water bottle cage, and full racks. About 24 lbs. For the most part, it is a well-equipped touring bike, right down to the 36 hole Suzue sealed bearing hubs. Unfortunately, Bike Works ran out of their limited stock of these bikes.


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