The Rambler is our flagship sport touring bicycle model, coming in three colors, with a special 4th color 'Founders Orange' for this program- all made in the USA. A true sport touring bicycle rooted in traditional French style, with modern design and hand-made in Portland, OR. A road bike by definition, but not a “racing” bike. The lightweight steel frame is responsive yet provides the stability and handling that delivers comfort mile after mile, whether you are on a cruise to the post office or back to back weekend century rides, the Rambler can be your go-fast bike and still carry home the groceries.
Is the Rambler the right bike for you?
Have you been looking to get a bike that bridges transportation and sport? Transportation does not have to be a mini van, you can still have a sporty ride with clean styling, great handling and a carry modest load. 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 on a rack where you can keep an eye on it and easily get to it without climbing off the bike. Then the Rambler is the right bike for you.
With years of personal research and design study I have addressed these issues with the Rambler, 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 want, with a few bells and whistles thrown in.
The ride will be light and sporty, yet stable with loads for your 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 for year round riding. This is the bike you will want for rambles through the countryside, distance rides and randonees, and still be your daily steed.
The basic Rambler package consists of the hand made 4130 steel frame and fork with Paul Racer Brakes mounted on brazed on bosses. You have choice of color: Sunflower, U.S. Blue, Rexford Red, and a limited run of Founder's Orange for this Kickstarter Program.
UPDATE: The decal art is completed, check out the slide show by clicking on the image below
•Hand made in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. by our contractor with decades of production bicycle fabrication experience.
•Frame construction will be TIG welded double butted 4130 steel, primarily of US origin.
•Standard gauge steel tube sets with wall thickness optimized for weight and rider response throughout the size range.
•Clearance for 42mm tires and fenders on all sizes
•These are designed with the provision for Paul Racer brakes mounted with Brazed on bosses. These provide ample clearance while retaining outstanding performance. The Paul Racer Brakes are included in the frame set package.
•The fork will have an investment cast crown with cast and machined rack mounting bosses, provisions for small upper and low rider racks as well as lighting wire guides on the right fork leg.
•Reinforced entry and exit ports for internal routing of lighting wires from front to the rear of the frame.
•Down tube shifter bosses
•Double water bottle mounts with reinforcing star mounts on all sizes
•Columbine Quickchainger brazed on the drive side chain stay to catch the chain for clean and easy rear wheel changes.
•Brazed on fender mounting points placed such that installation will be easy and result in even fender line.
•130mm rear spacing to work easily with modern road bike components.
•Double eyelets for rack and fender mounting at the front and rear dropouts.
•Color options of U.S. Blue, red, Sunflower, Rexford Red and the Limited Run of Founder's Orange
Sizing and Fit
The Rambler is a based on a traditional bicycle frame design with horizontal top tube. In general this combined with the lower bottom bracket result in having a frame that may be one size larger than your current road bike. Likewise there will be less exposed seat post than you may have seen on a bike in decades, but I assure you that there is plenty of stand over clearance. If your donation is such that you will be receiving a frame set or complete bike as a reward we will work with you on an individual basis to assure that you are getting the correct size. Further sizing and fitting info will be in the upcoming FAQ.
$5 - A custom printed Ocean Air Cycles post card with hand written note of appreciation. The postcard images are six of my favorite shots from the last year of shooting during testing and marketing preparations. Printed locally on FSC certified paper stock
$15 - A hand written note of appreciation, custom printed Ocean Air Cycles postcard from the selection above and three stickers screen printed on vinyl backing.
$25 – An Organic cotton musette bag custom printed with Rambler art, made in San Francisco, CA. The bag is made with US grown 10 oz. organic cotton duck and measures 13” wide x 12” high with a 41” fixed length strap. These make a great grab and go bag for a few small items, tablet, lunch etc..
The art concept for the shirts and bags is a line drawing/silhouette of the two Rambler builds, porteur and randonneur, with choice of one image for the reward.
$35 – Custom printed American Apparel T-Shirt with Rambler art in both men’s and women’s cuts in the fine cotton jersey. The art will be similar to the Musette bags above. There will be a few color choices, so stay tuned to the updates and Facebook page as the project moves along. The square logo will be on the back of the shirt, approximately 3 inches wide, the bicycle image on the front
$55 – Both the musette bag and American Apparel T-shirt printed with Rambler art, and hand written thank you note.
$75 – Fall Limited edition 13 x 19 photo print, signed and numbered, printed on archival grade matte photo paper. Long time readers of our blog know that I love to combine my passions for cycling and photography. Once the project has gotten under way I will be putting in some miles on our local back roads to capture this year’s fall image. The example below is from last winter, and I will update the image for this reward as soon as I have it captured.
$120 - The musette bag and American Apparel. T-shirt printed with Rambler art, Fall Limited edition 13 x 19 photo print , and hand written thank you note.
$1700 – Rambler frame, fork and Paul Racer brakes in your choice of size and color: Sunflower, U.S. Blue or Red. Specification and size range are in the chart above, there is a high resolution version on our website. For specific sizing information I will have a better description in the FAQ. This reward will also include your choice of a musette bag or t-shirt as well as a few stickers. The donation includes Shipping in the Continental U.S.A. Sorry but no international orders on these yet, am working on it, but the Taxes and duties are my biggest hurdle.
$1750 – Limited edition founders orange Rambler frame, fork and Paul Racer brakes in your choice of size. The orange is close to what you would think of on an orange soda can, medium hue and just a hint of fine orange and silver metallic flake. It looks great with leather and silver components, but is incredibly hard to capture the true look with a camera. This reward will also include your choice of a musette bag or t-shirt as well as a few stickers. The donation also includes shipping in the U.S.A. Sorry but no international orders on these yet.
$3800 – Rambler Custom Complete with “Blue Collar” component specification. Either upright or drop bar build of your choice. The build will have a mix of high quality midline components from Shimano, Velo Orange, Sugino, Brooks etc. Through personal consultation we will work closely with you to get you exactly what you want within the budget parameters of the donation. These will be built up by hand in house as soon as we receive the frames. Due to the nature of the work delivery on complete bike will take approximately one month longer than the delivery of the framesets alone. This reward will also include your choice of a musette bag or t-shirt as well as a few stickers. The donation includes Shipping in the U.S.A. Sorry but no international orders on these yet.
$4900 – Rambler Custom Complete with “made in the USA” deluxe build. Either upright or drop bar build of your choice. The component specification will have a heavy tilt towards components Made in the USA. Hubs, Crankset and bottom bracket from White industries. The Paul Tall and Handsome seatpost. Front Dynamo hub and lighting both front and rear. Metal full coverage fenders. The Soma B-line tires. These will be built up by hand in house as soon as we receive the frames. Due to the nature of the work delivery on complete bike will take approximately one month longer than the delivery of the framesets alone. This reward will also include your choice of a musette bag or t-shirt as well as a few stickers. The donation includes Shipping in the U.S.A. Sorry but no international orders on these yet.
To my patient wife, while I follow my dream. My family both mine and in-laws for their love, support, babysitting. etc.. To all the friends and neighbors who have helped with art, video shoot, bikes to restore and honest feedback. To the six of you who had the faith in my abilities to deliver a run of bikes while pursuing funding for a full sized order. All of the vendors and contractors who have helped with knowledge, skills material and services. Without all of you I would not have made it this far.
Now moving to the next level, Thank You all of you backing the project, spreading the word and changing the world by choosing to get around town self propelled, we are the change.
Now lets get this ride going!
You can find out more about Ocean Air Cycles and the Rambler at our website
Risks and challenges
My biggest challenge has been bringing together all of the vendors and contractors to keep this as much of a "Made in the USA" project as possible. At this point in the timeline of bicycle production offshoring many of the vendors that used to exist are not what they used to be. A few of my vendors are sole source in the U.S. at this point. I know that Ocean Air Cycles is at the front of a wave of change in the industry, and that efforts like ours will not only revive the existing vendors, but create new jobs and opportunities for here at home, all the while providing products that meet a genuine need and consumer demand. With the supply chain currently secured, Ramblers are ready to go. All we need now is riders.
My secondary challenge has been getting everything done, particularly the art for the rewards. In my focus on the frame sets I let it slip. Stickers and post cards are done, but the new art for the shirts and bags is a bit behind. It is my goal to have it in place early in the second week of November. With a super tight timeline, if we are able to achieve early funding I will be pulling the trigger early on the shirt and musette orders, and doing everything I can to get them out in time for the holidays.
Many cyclists at the enthusiast levell are also home mechanics. It can be very rewarding to assemble a frame up from a pile of components. If that is not your thing, there are a couple of options. I would be more than happy to build you a bike within either of the two reward budget options for a complete build. Outside of that I can ship the frame set to you or the local bike shop of your choice to have them build it up. I am more than willing to work with you and them to develop a bill of materials that will get you the bike you have been wanting.
Rambler Custom Complete with “Blue Collar” spec. (Details in the description) Either upright or drop bar build of your choice. Includes Shipping in the U.S.A. Sorry but no international orders on these yet. If you are looking to get this option in "Founder's Orange" please add $100
Rambler Custom Complete with “made in the USA” deluxe build (details in the description) Either upright or drop bar build of your choice. Includes Shipping in the U.S.A. Sorry but no international orders on these yet. If you are looking to get this option in "Founder's Orange" please add $100