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.
Lightweight and springy double-butted HiTen frame filters shock from road imperfection for a smooth ride
A slack, 73 degree headangle offers neutral handling at speed or weaving around slow moving traffic
Alloy double-wall rims, high flange bolt-on hubs, and 14g spokes with brass nipples ensure durable wheels
46 x 18 tooth gearing gets you swiftly around town, without beating you up
Lightweight aluminum fenders keep road spray off clothing
Flip flop rear hub comes with a fixed cog and a freewheel
Handlebar can be run with drops positioned up or down
46 t alloy
Crank Arm Length:
49.5cm, 52cm, 54cm 170 mm, 57cm, 58cm, 60cm, 63cm 175 mm
18 t cog
alloy (flip flop)
700 c x 28 mm
Civilian Bicycle Co.
Hustle and Ramble Bicycle Geometry
Seat Tube (C-C)
Seat Tube Angle
Head Tube Angle
Fork Rakein (cm)
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I recently purchased the 2012 Ramble when it was deeply discounted on the site- and I have absolutely no regrets. The bike took about 10 days to ship from my initial purchase, but it arrived in a HUGE box, fully assembled and almost completely ready to ride. There were three bolts that needed to be tightened in order to take her for a spin (the handlebars are turned to fit into the box.)
The ride is lively and fun, and the slightly wider tires absorb more road noise than I thought that they would. Steering is responsive, but not twitchy (which was my biggest fear), especially with the porteur rack in the front. My only complaint is that the rear fender makes a ton of noise because of how it attaches to the frame. Slipping a piece of an old tube between the connection point was all that was needed to make the ride whisper quiet. I removed the chain guard as I found that I like the look of the bike without it - it seems to have cleaner lines without it, and to be honest, my pant leg actually almost got snagged by it on my second ride. (Don't ask me how, but it did.)
Part of the reason that I purchased this bike was to use it for in town errands, and not worrying that it would be swiped at a moments notice. The build in u-lock holder on the front rack is useful- but you might want to add a small bungie to it to make sure that your u-lock doesn't hop free on a bumpy road. It is a really fun bike to ride, and given that it was under $400 delivered, I couldn't be happier!
Look at the pics of the yellow bike. The brake pads arent hitting the braking surface on the rim. They are hitting the thin side of the rim. If you look at the brake you dont have the adjustment to raise the pad because the pad is as high in the slot as it will go. DOH!!!!
I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
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.
Hello, Very interested in this bicycle and trying to decide between a 56cm and 58cm. About 5'11 1/2" tall, cycling inseam of 31.5", and I closely match the "Eddy Fit". Any help appreciated...I tend to obsess about things before buying them!
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.
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.