|1982 Miyata Street Runner FS on ebay. Courtesy: Value Express/ebay|
"RUB".....stands for Retro Urban Bike or Retro Utility Bike.Our Recipe starts with the frameset - old school Rigid Fork Chromoly Steel Lugged Japan Tubing from early 1980's. This frame has straight gauge (not butted tubing). Upside is that it will resist those annoying handlebar dings better than the thinner walled. Downside is that it is a bit heavier and not as sexy to ride.
Downsize the front chainring from Triple to Single. Swap the alloy chainring for a stainless steel full profile - improve the performance (less skipping) and durability (steel outlasts aluminum).remove the front derailleur and shift lever. Use friction shifting only. Btw if you can text on you cell phone, you can friction shift. No Worries. Add the stem / handlebar of your choice since a 1" steer tube accept just about anything except old bmx or frenchie. Keep the classic "non cartridge bottom bracket" because is can last for decades with minimal service and is super easy to clean / lube. And will never "SEIZE UP" and ruin your day / week like badly neglected cartridge BB. if you have had to "arm wrestle" and possibly strip the splined cups, you feel my pain.
we like old school cantilevers versus the liner pull / V Brakes because they are virtually maintenance free, easy to adjust & center clearance and will never seize up or pull through the cable guide and completely ruin your day - aka fail to stop you!the whole idea is that you can tear apart this bike and complete overhaul it in a single day - no digital assistance from your I-Phone or I-Pad needed. No Apps to check.....unless Sheldon Brown Bicycle ???
I approve of this message. What they call a RUB is what I call a vintage Bike For The Rest Of Us (although "BFROU" is, admittedly, a less workable acronym than RUB). I believe in this concept so much that I own my own RUB, a Miyata Ridge Runner.
|Ridge Runner outside Swings Coffee in D.C. Courtesy: Flickr.|
Do you own a RUB? Please show and tell!