Here is Rambler No.3 as it was built up for last weekend’s ride. This one is a size 56, with 650b wheels. The place holder build to get her rolling included Col De La Vie tires, salsa shaft seat post and a vintage Shimano LX crank set all slated to be replaced later this week.
The bikes in this size range, 56 and smaller, will be constructed with 8/5/8 double butted tube sets to provide a lively, yet secure ride for a combined rider/bike/load total up to 240 lbs or so. It by no means rides stiff, but things could get a little disconcerting if one were to push the load to the outer boundaries. The sweet spot for total load is probably close to 190 lbs
On to the detailing. There is plenty of room around the current 38mm tires, and tires up to 42mm and appropriate fenders will not be a problem.
All sizes will have the rear brake cable routed along the top tube at 6 o’clock. This will work just as well as any location on the tube for most, but will play well with a frame bag should the rider choose one. The weight of the bag will not cause any loading or friction on the exposed run of cable, and thus no binding of the brake movement.
As for the two-tone color scheme? lets just say it is a wonderful way to demo the red and yellow options, and a lesson in the level of direction and clarity needed when coordinating the color for future runs.
The next step is getting the components swapped out, fenders installed and the bike back under a rider for a couple weeks of commuting and after work rides.