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Civilian Bicycle Co. Ramble - 2012

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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.

Civilian Ramble DetailEssential 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

Tech Specs

Frame Material:
HiTen steel
Fork Material:
HiTen steel
46 t alloy
Crank Arm Length:
49.5cm, 52cm, 54cm 170 mm, 57cm, 58cm, 60cm, 63cm 175 mm
Bottom Bracket:
square taper
resin body
18 t cog
Brake Levers:
Brake Calipers:
alloy (flip flop)
Handlebar Width:
520 mm
Bar Tape:
Seat Collar:
Tire Size:
700 c x 28 mm
Recommended Use:

sizing chart

Bike size by rider height


Geometry chart

Civilian Bicycle Co.

Hustle and Ramble Bicycle Geometry
Size 49.5 525456586063
Seat Tube (C-C) 18.1in
Top Tube 20.1in
Seat Tube Angle 74deg 73deg73deg73deg73deg72deg72deg
Head Tube Angle72deg72.5deg73deg73deg73deg73deg73deg
Head Tube3.5in
Chain Stay16.3in
Fork Rakein

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Neither what it appears to nor very nice

    The Civilian Ramble is an example of a bike that looks like something it isn't. Why? Everything on it is half-baked.

    A prime example of the deceptive appearance of the bicycle are the fenders. Yes, the bicycle does have fenders but if you examine these fenders up close (or ride in the rain) you'll find these fenders to be almost useless.

    The fenders are far, far too narrow and to short to be of real use in any sort of real wet weather. The fenders are also among the most cheaply made I have ever seen with all the strength of a TV dinner tray. Even though Competive Cyclist installed with all the correct factory parts, the rear fender rattles like castanets. To silence this near near useless scrap metal, I had to remove it and the wheel, crimp a piece of old tube in between the fender and bracket, and then remount the wheel and rear fender. A real pro bike mechanic would never allow a bike to go out with fender like that, but the mechanics for did--though the rest of their work was good. And forget mounting mounting real fenders on this dog unless you want use hose clamps and/or zip ties--the rear dropouts lack eyelets!

    The frame also is rather inappropriate for a porteur type bicycle. Why? It's bottom bracket is too high at 11 3/8 inches. This gives the bicycle a squirrelly handling--exactly what you don't want with a heavily loaded front rack.

    Examination of the frame up close reveals at best indifferent workmanship. The paint is a thin, flat, ugly powdercoat. The transfers appear to be thick, vinyl cutouts of the sort seen on the cheaper RVs of the 1970s. The headbadge was crooked and for some reason mounted off to one side. The welds are cobby and unfinished. And every part seems to be cheapest possible except, perhaps the rack. It really is hard to believe that this bike had a MSRP of $799.99. Yes, you can ride the bike but even at $359.99, it's no bargain. It was well packed and, except for the fender, assembled correctly.

    A great urban ride at a fantastic price!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    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!

    A great urban ride at a fantastic price!

    Work of art....

    • Familiarity: 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.

    Awesome bike and an excellent price - I want one :)

    Hello, Very interested in this bicycle...


    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 am 5'9" with 30" inseam, got a 54, which was the right size for me. I'd guess the 56 would be the way to go.

    Does this have a coaster brake? I notice...

    Does this have a coaster brake? I notice that the hub can be flipped for fixie but can't find (probably missed it) a coaster brake on the description? Thanks

    No coaster brake, it has front and rear calipers.

    I'm a 6'2" 215 lbs. guy. how would i...

    I'm a 6'2" 215 lbs. guy. how would i figure out the correct size?

    Best Answer

    An answer to myself... look at the convenient "Fit Guide" below the size choice selector bar. Do as instructed and the great page put together gives you the answer...

    Thanks Self!

    Self-actualization. Damn you're good, Mike! I see books and speaking engagements in your future.

    Poor customer service on CVLN bikes...

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    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 ( 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 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.


    Sizing? I measured my inseam and its...

    Sizing? I measured my inseam and its 31.5". What size would recommend for me? Male, 175lbs. Thanks!

    Hey Brandon,

    You'd need a 54-55 bike. Double check in the fit guide under the size selector tab.

    So much fun to ride around town

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    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.

    Avg. ride time: 2h 7m per week
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    Best Townie Bike ever.

      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.

      Perfect Commuter

        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.

        How do I size this bike without trying it...

        How do I size this bike without trying it out?
        I am looking to use it as a city cruiser, not a race fit.

        Hey Paul,

        Provide your height and inseam and we can help. In the mean time, the 54cm and 56cm are your sort of medium-average sizes for a male.