Update! Rambler Frame Sets are in stock, starting price is $1799 + CA sales tax and Shipping
For those that this may be the first bike you buy starting from a frame set and build it up, a complete build can be done for about $3800, maybe a little less if you have some parts to recycle, likewise it could cost much more depending on the component choices. For frame of reference, a bike built up the way you see mine on the blog would run closer to $4000. To build the dream bike with racks, bags, and integrated lighting will run closer to $4500 or more
If you have followed my story you may be looking to get a bike that bridges transportation and sport, i.e transportation does not have to be a mini van. You like bikes that have a traditional look and styling. Possibly a preference for traditional french styling from the 40′s and 50′s, with your daily load up front where you can keep an eye on it and get to it without climbing off the bike. Your previous attempts at this with the commonly available bikes may have left you with a less than optimal handling experience. Either a bike that was heavier than it needed to be, if it was a light weight had no provisions to carry the load on the bike or if it did the handling was compromised when loaded.
With years of personal research and design study I have addressed these issues with a bike steeped in the lineage of the traditional french touring bikes. Using modern production techniques and partnering with a U.S. fabrication team to deliver the look and function you are after with a few bells and whistles thrown in. The ride will be light and sporty, yet stable with loads for you commute, day rides or the occasional quick load of groceries up front. It goes without saying there will be provisions for full coverage fenders to keep you and the bike clean during year round riding. This is the bike you will want for rambles through the countryside, distance rides and randonees, and still able to be your daily steed. All of this at a price that is competitive in the current market.
The Rambler line has a range of sizes in 2cm increments, from 51 through 63. Frame size is measured Center of bottom bracket to the top the top tube. The 65 is still in the maybe category, but if there is enough interest I will make it happen. When comparing this to traditional road frames or the size you may ride in your regular bike, consider that the size in the chart will be about 1 to 2 cm larger due to the distance from the center of the top tube to the top and the generous bottom bracket drop. Sizing will be very similar to what you may ride with a Rivendell or Surly Long Haul Trucker. For example I ride a 63 or 64 on my Roadeo and Eisentraut, the 63 above is designed around my needs and fits like a custom with a perfect fist full of seat post exposed.