Roadini - RBW Blue 61cm - 2x1 Speedemo
The Roadini is an all-around, all-weather road bike. It gives up nothing to modern extreme bikes on smooth, ideal roads, and is far better in every way when conditions are crappy. It has the classical clearances of the oldies, higher quality overall construction, is more comfortable, and rides like a Rivendell.
If up to now you’ve avoided road bikes because they’re so weird, extreme, and expensive, now there’s one that isn’t. This year we’re making just over 100 frames in 5 sizes (listed below) expected early this fall. We have a second run scheduled for early next year.
The front height of this crown happens to be 19mm. With a std vertically centered hold, both numbers would be 9.5mm. You want that extra 3.5mm to be air, not fork crown, so when you try to stuff a slightly bigger tire or a fender under there, it hits air and fits and rolls on through. it’s not jammed up against the underside of the fork crown.
The ball-and-socket seat stay joint eliminates shear forces and adds strength. The main shoreline of the seat lug is familiarly Rivendell, the same-ish swirls and all, and like all Rivendell seat lugs, it has other obsessive details that — well, if you’re going to make it from scratch, might as well be there—
The large, raised and reinforced stress relief hold reduced to basically impossible the chance of repeated tightenings causing a stress crack at the bottom of the slot. Admittedly, it’s not a common occurrence, but we’ve seen it happen on other bikes half a dozen times. We make it maximally crack-resistant on our seat lugs because our showroom bikes get tightened and loosened and retightened with ever test ride, every slight difference in saddle height. On your bike, maybe you’ll do it a few times in the fussing, so our O-hole is overkill, but it’s also a nice visual detail.
The seat binder area is reinforced with unpinchable steel. As with the O-hole, it makes our lug impervious to repetitive stress.