Elisabeth's Victoire Voyage
Elisabeth's Victoire Voyage
Elisabeth has started cycle touring in 2003 :
"I wanted to go back to Ireland, where I was used to go in my childhood. When I had to choose how to go there, bicycle was a natural choice : given my environmentalist belief, I wanted to travel with a low environmental impact.
It was the beginning of cycling adventures around Europe for Elisabeth : Netherlands, Czech Republic, Italy... each time during a couple of weeks and without support.
After 12 years riding a non-adapted bike, she decided to go for a bespoke touring bike. She lives at the foot of the Chaîne des Puys, next to our workshop. So, according to her convictions, she chose a local builder to make her a bike totally made in France.
The position on her previous bicycle was not good and she regularly suffered pain in her back during her journey. Thanks to the fittings we did, we designed a geometry that improves significantly her comfort.
It is always a pleasure to work on female project, the demands and the problems to solve are different. For Elisabeth, the challenge was to find the ideal geometry for her 1.58m tall : overlap, top tube height and comfy position had to fit with the numerous parts.
The solution was to select 26 inches wheels instead of the 700c ones our client initially wanted, to design a well balanced geometry. Moreover, it is one of the most common standard, an important point when you plan to travel around the world.
After the geometry comes the next step of the tailor-made : the choice of tubing. Again, we had to deal with two opposit problems : get a comfortable and light bike, adapted to the small weight of our client, on one side, and get a resistant and reliable bicyle, with an average of 16kg of luggage, on the other side.
We chose Tange Champion double-butted tubing, for the reliability, with a small diameter for comfort and lightness. The bended top tube make it easier to step over the frame while leaving space for two bottles inside the front triangle.
We gave a particular attention to the rear triangle, to optimize the different fixture point of the accessories. For example, we selected a ISO disc brake mount to be able to fasten on the same mount the rear rack. We save weight and we get a smoother style. Thanks to the 6mm bolts we use instead of the standard 5mm ones, we can put heavy load on the rack. We also make a braze-on on the left chainstay to screw directly the kickstand. It is a reliable solution to keep the bike stable when it is loaded.
The fork is also custom made in our workshop, from Reynolds tubing. It has a large bending that gives to this Victoire Voyage a low-trail geometry. The fork angle and rake were calculated in order to get an ideal handling when the bike is loaded while eliminating toe overlap. An other advantage of this fork geometry : it filters very well road bumps.
The groupset is the proven Shimano 105, combined with TRP Spyre mechanical disc brakes. Most of the parts come from Velo Orange : handlebar, stem, seatpost, headset and front rack, painted in black to match the rear Tubus one. Gilles Berthoud take care of the saddle and the bartape with his leather products made in France. At last, the lights are from Buch & Muller with an internal routing.
The handcrafted wheelset was built in house, for more reliability, with a dynamo front hub and a DT 350 rear one. They are mounted with the reference tyre of cycle touring, the Schwalbe Marathon.
For her first rides, Elisabeth gets many projects : it will start this spring in les Gorges du Verdon and la Vallée du Lot, in France. She then would like to visit Northern Europe. She is also part of Cyclo-Camping International, and she will follow some of their trips.