Update 3/6/17 - There will be more Bantam Ramblers in 2017, but wit there's more!!! - Bob will be working on Ramblers this winter, but Spring and Summer production will be handled with out newest fabrication partners at Page St. Cycles. Joseph Aherne and Christopher Igle. Joseph and Christopher have over 50 years of combined production under their belts. I am honored to be working with such skilled craftsmen in the production of the Ramblers, helping to bring more hand made American bikes into the world.
The ordering system will be similar but different. We need to get 3 of a size with deposits and that will trigger production of those three (or more). The goal being to have three or more of a size going just about all the time. Based on the current backlog and interest levels, we estimate that this will keep turnaround between 3 and 5 months.
Pricing for the Frame, Fork and Brakes will be $2100 in 2017.
It has been a long time coming, but Ramblers are starting to make a comeback. Our production model is taking a step back to a more manageable pace, what I am calling "Cottage Production". This is the space between custom hand builds and large scale production.
There will be a system that shows how many of a size are cued, and once your deposit is in, you will be able to track your batch in the production schedule. We do our best to sell them, but will not discourage customer support and peer pressure to get more Ramblers in your size cued up ;-)
There may be subtle changes with things like dropouts, but tubing selection, geometry and contact points will all remain the same
More info in an upcomign blog post,
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 $4100, 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 $4200. 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.