Almost since we started in the 1930s we have been building light touring/club riding bikes which will take mudguards and are still capable of covering a distance at a reasonable pace. They weren’t called audax/randonneur bikes in those days, because the term had not been thought up.
For the purposes of buying a bike, our definition of an audax/randonneur bike is a road bike with drop handlebars, a comfortable steel frame, which will take mudguards (fenders to our American friends) and a lightweight pannier rack if required as well as clearance for 700 x 28/32 tyres. It is the ideal bike for eating up the miles, a comfortable position which you don’t need to be a contortionist to get into but you can still ride at a good pace. Is equally at home riding a 10 mile commute, a 100 miles on a Sunday or some light touring over a weekend.
Our Randonneur & Randonneur Special complete bicycles and frames are built in our workshops in Shipley, with Shimano drivetrain components and a choice of Pro, Velo Orange, Cinelli or Nitto finishing kits.