Getting around town doesn't have to be a daunting endeavor, and bikes like the Civilian Ramble give you a well-thought-out transportation alternative. Commuter bicycles need to be durable, and only need minor maintenance. You should be able to run out the door and throw a leg over it without second guessing your gear, the weather, or how you're going to carry everything.
The Ramble does all this, and offers a ride that dampens broken pavement and is energetic when you stand up on the pedals. This is because the frame is crafted from a high-tensile, double-butted tubeset. This springy material, unlike aluminum, absorbs vibration so your ride is nice and smooth. The durable steel frame is covered with a quality finish, and is ready for a long life locked to racks and getting you to your destination in inclement weather.
Essential to the Ramble's reliability is its single-speed drivetrain. The lack of shifters and derailleurs means less maintenance to keep you off the bike. Life locked up to a bike rack can include all kinds of damage; one common occurrence is a clumsy cyclist bumping into your bicycle while you're away-- leaving you with a bent derailleur and limping home. The gear ratio is 46 x 18, which is sufficient for getting around most metropolitan areas. The alloy cranks are 170mm long on 52 - 56cm frames, and 175mm on the larger ones.
Weather doesn't always cooperate, and for that reason this dedicated commuter comes with lightweight aluminum fenders. Sturdy wheels consisting of polished aluminum double-wall rims laced to high-flange, bolt-on track hubs ensure durability. The 32 hole rims and hubs are laced with 14g spokes and brass nipples. This combination is very common, so finding parts in a pinch will be easy. The wheels are wrapped in 700c x 28mm Kenda tires. They are larger volume compared to 23mm road bike tires, and provide more shock absorption and a wider contact patch for better traction.
A lightly padded Velo Saddle wont inhibit your pedaling, but remains comfortable throughout your commute. The saddle is covered in soft micro suede, and won't deteriorate or absorb moisture when exposed to the elements. The classic mustache-style aluminum handlebar is 520mm wide and can be flipped to offer an upright riding position or a lower, more aggressive, forward leaning position.
A defining feature of the Civilian Ramble is its front loader, porteur-style rack. The rack has a handy u-lock slot-- it's nice having your Ramble secure when you're gone, and even better not having any extra weight in your bag. The Ramble comes in two finishes: Asphalt, and Bad Egg, and in six sizes: 49.9, 52, 55, 57, 59, and 62cm
Bear in mind that because of its racks and fenders, the Ramble may only ship as 'Ready to Ride.' With this limitation of options, we'll be reducing the standard shipping price to $99, ensuring your new bike is immediately ready for its first urban flight, while leaving you some change left over for groceries.
I have had my eye on Civilian bikes for awile. I have always admired the style and simplicity. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw the price for the Ramble at Competitive Cyclist. I jumped on the opportunity and I could not be happier. Pictures don't do the bike justice. It is a work of art. Super clean lines, great aesthetics, high quality finishes and hardware, and it rides like a dream. Snappy out of the saddle but sill compliant and comfortable. It's no rocket but it's a great utility bike with style. Perfect for commuting, errands, or cruising the 'hood. The only negative I can think of is the chain guide is a bit flimsy but the bike looks a lot better without it anyway, so its a minor point for me.
My boyfriend and I got matching Rambles to ride around town. We have had so much fun riding these bikes! I love the rack in the front to put our farmer's market finds on. The bikes seem very well built and I like that there is a protector over the chain so I won't get my pants stuck in it. I also like how the handle bars curve around. It makes the ride more fun! Overall, it's been a comfortable bike to ride around town and I haven't had any problems with it. For the price, it's a great urban bike.
For the money, the Ramble is awesome- has a very classic look and feel to it. It is a thing of beauty- clean lines and well made. The front rack fits a 12 pack perfectly! It's a bit of a sleeper, doesn't stand out so much that anyone would want to steal it like some hipster fixie bike. I look forward to many years of good times with this bike.
I picked up one of these for the significant other's birthday. She's not a biker but I'm trying to get her into it so I took a chance. It was a home run! She loves it so much she named it Rebecca.
Comfy ride, smooth drive train and almost no maintenance. The classy lines don't hurt either.
I bought a CVLN bike about a year ago, and the bike itself is pretty decent. It's pretty much what is described here. However, they (Backcountry.com) are no longer making CVLN bikes, which means that they have no incentive to provide decent customer service for them. I needed one tiny little replacement part in the seat (probably a $5 part), and Backcountry.com would only offer to SELL me a $65 seat post, not to replace the defective part. It's like buying a warranty for a product and then the company goes out of business. I'm just saying, buyer beware with these bikes.