I have been keeping my cards to my chest on this project, but am at the point where I might pop if I do not share this one. I have been working really hard on this project as of late, a dream come true with persistence and hard work.
Engineering is underway, prototype starting soon with production to follow. I want this bike, and am confident that more of you out there do too. This is a bike for riding fast as your legs will take you, or a toodle on a country road. It will help you eat up the miles on the pave or gravel in comfort and style.
Basics: Frame and fork set with low trail front end geometry for front biased loading, sporty yet stout enough to get the groceries home, room for 42mm tires with 52mm fenders, 700c in the larger sizes and 650b in the smaller, no toe overlap in any size, even sizes from 50-62 cm measured center to center along the seat tube.
Details: Tig welded double butted steel with tube spec balanced to size, standard gauge tubing, investment cast fork crown, brazeon option for Paul Racer brakes, everything in the right place for easy mounting and good fender line, brazeons for racks and fenders, possible offering custom tube spec for an up-charge, and a Brooks saddle friendly seat tube angle.
MADE IN THE USA!!!
There has finally been a convergence of my plans and a contractor to fulfill them, and things are charging ahead. the initial run will have tubing from a mix of suppliers, but my long-term dream is to deliver a production sport touring bike made in the USA out of steel made in the USA at a price that is competitive in the open market.
The name??? My first impulse was “Rambler”. I just like the sound of that. The second one, sticking with an ocean theme, “Mullet”, it is a fish, not a glamorous fish but the dual meaning – Business up front and party in the rear!!!! Since I am captain, cook and bottle washer on this ship I still need to get through my trademark search on the name though.
Timeline? I am doing my best to fast track this without cutting corners on things like destructive testing and confirmation of design. The pre-sale should be ready to go in the next two months with projected delivery in the spring of the coming year. Those who are keen of eye and have been riding a while may notice I am not re-inventing the wheel here, just bringing something to market that has been gone for quite a while.
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