Frame - Cheviot
An upright step-thru for everyone.
Photos to the left show the current "Sage" (the greenish one) and "RBW Blue" (the metallic blue one). They may look similar on the screen.
Frameset with headset, bb, and seat post: $1,400.
On quirky downtube decals: Non-drive-side is spelled "Cheviut." The decal is the phonetic Cheviot spelling a) because we’re weird like that and b) so when people stop you on the street and ask if your Chevyoh is like their Bleriot, you can say no no monsieur it’s CHEVIUT. Get the net!
TYPICAL RIDER HEIGHTS: women 5' to 5'4", men 5'1" to 5'5".
PBH range 74cm to 80cm
SADDLE HEIGHT 63cm to 70cm.
TYPICAL RIDER HEIGHTS: women 5'3 1/2 to 5'6 1/2, men 5'4" to 5' 7".
PBH 77.5 to 86cm
SADDLE HEIGHT 66.5cm to 75cm.
TYPICAL RIDER HEIGHTS: women 5'6" 1//2 to 6'2, men about 5'8.5" to 6'3".
PBH 84 to 94cm
SADDLE HEIGHT 73cm to 93cm.
You can fit a bigger Cheviot than a Homer or a Sam or Altantis or Hunqapillar, because there's no top tube to hit your crotch.
A common and reasonable concern:
What about top tube length--if I can fit a bigger frame seat-tubewise, won't the top tube be too long?
PROBABLY not. These bikes are designed for upright, sweepy-back bars (Albatross and Bosco, for example), and the sweep-back gobbles up horizontal reach in huge mouthfuls.
Let's say you're 5-7 with a PBH of 85. You can ride either a 55 or a 60. With the 55 you might ride a higher stem with a longer extension (let's say, a Nitto Tallux 11cm raised to the Max Ht line). Well, on the 60 you could get a similar position with an 8 or 9cm stem sunk deeper into the frame. The location of the handlebar will be the same.
Clearly, the 55 will ultimately allow a lower bar and the 60 a higher one, but these aren't low-bar bikes from the get-go, so who cares? The MAXIMUM allowable handlebar height is more of a matter than the MINIMUM height.
If any of this is confusing, extreme apologies. We deal with these bikes and fittings and different bodies every day and for a living, and we'll nail it for you.
In any case, the Cheviot, in a few ways, is our most all-around useful, comfortable, democratic bike. Over the next 30 years of your life, it is the bike most likely to be hauled out the front door.
Frames are here ready to assemble.
Have any questions, don't hesitate to call. Any of us can talk you through the initial stages, answer ANY QUESTIONS, do all of that. Call 800 345-3918.
NOTE ON CHAIN LENGTH: Because the chainstays of the 55 and 60 Cheviot are longer than a normal bike, you will need to use two chains, or 120-124ish links, depending on your drivetrain configuration. Start with 6 extra lynx and use your best judgement. The chain is the right length when it pulls the derailer cage free of and parallel to the chain itself when wrapped around the smallest cog and the smallest chainring -- i.e., the derailer cage will be flexed slightly. Here's the venerable Sheldon Brown's method, for an alternate take.