Heron Bicycles was started in 1997 as a joint venture between Waterford Precision Cycles, Rivendell Bicycle Works, and Rona Components. Waterford manufactured the frames in its Wisconsin factory while Rivendell sold them through its mail order operation. Eventually Ted Durant, owner of Rona Components, bought out the other joint venture partners and became sole owner. Waterford continued to manufacture the frames for Ted on a contract basis while Rivendell became an official Heron dealer along with several bike shops. In early 2001, Ted decided to halt production of the Heron frames to focus on other matters. Todd Kuzma, owner of Tullio’s Big Dog Cyclery – a Heron dealer, began discussions with Ted to purchase the company and resume production. Heron Bicycles was sold to Todd Kuzma in January 2002, and production at the Waterford plant began soon thereafter. Yeah, well that went down too. Now Greg Parker at Bicycle Classics, obviously a glutton for punishment, is preparing another run at it. More power to the man for living his dream.
This is the last Heron made THE FIRST TIME! A 531 Heron Road. It's a good bike. Somewhere along the line I had Chris Kvale respray it, so even with a few chips it's the best finished Heron in the world. It's been a languishing frame just hanging around the shop. I recently sold it to Tim Chesterman and had to put things back together with what I had laying around. I only had to buy a BB, stem and a chain. It's pretty much a Campagnolo bike, with Modolo brakes, Suntour shifters and a TA crankset. Top of the line stuff. IMHO. The tires aren't as big as they could be. They're 700-25s and it'll handle 700-30s, possibly 700-32s. (Write this down, Tim: 700-30.) At the price I sold it for I just couldn't put another $75 in tires for it. When he picks it up we'll adjust things, probably drop the bars a couple of inches, etc
In an earlier iteration. The new bars are to the buyers spec. The seat, wheelset, stem and bars, and RD have been replaced. The wheels are now on my Colnago, the stem on my daughter's Goodrich, and the seat and rear dérailleur on my Mooney. Rule no.17: An unridden bike tends to give up it's parts.