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Best City Road Bike

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I love my commute
By Josh L. in Highland Park, Los Angeles on 01/14/15
This bike is the bomb. I love my commute. I can't wait to get to and leave work.
By Audra in San Francisco, CA on 01/14/15
I am loving the R16 so far! I had an older S7 dutch model, and unfortunately had a small accident with it last Fall (hit the tracks & crashed, it was going to be more expensive to fix than replace). I'd already been thinking about upgrading to some kind of touring/commuting bike that's lighter, and looked at the R16 since it met most of my requirements. The kind folks at the Hayes Valley store gave me a small discount for upgrading since I was already a customer, and so far so good! I bike with it daily about 20 minutes each way for my commute and it's smooth, nimble, and nice and light. I've only taken it on a couple easy rides across the city so far, but plan to do more casual biking on the weekends. MUCH easier to tote around on Bart if I need to or up the stairs!

PUBLIC R16 2014
Best City Road Bike

5.0 average rating • 3 customer reviews

SOLD OUT - Now taking pre-orders on the new PUBLIC R24 2015 road bike!

Regular: $999.00
Special: $699.00  (Currently not available)
(Currently not available)

SOLD OUT - If you're in the bay area, contact your local store to check availability.

The new, upgraded PUBLIC R16 City Road Bike is our latest take on the classic steel road bike, offering lightweight performance with modern conveniences and simple, timeless design. Our best city road bike is now better than ever, with even more performance at an even more affordable price.

If you're looking for a sporty, lightweight commuter bike for fast trips across town, a weekend adventure bike for light touring and overnight trips, or a fitness bike for some serious pavement spin sessions, the new PUBLIC R16 City Road Bike delivers tons of performance, fun, and practicality at a great price.

The PUBLIC R16 City Road Bike is one of our lightest bikes ever, with a strong partial-chromoly frame that will outlast all those flimsy carbon fiber toys costing thousands more. Countless serious riders agree - for the ideal balance of durable strength and smooth ride quality, the best road bikes are made of lightweight chromoly steel.

The classic silver quill stem offers lots of height adjustment to help you dial in your ideal fit, and the traditional drop bars offer a wide variety of positions for everything from conquering hills and beating stoplights to casual coffee shop cruises. And unlike most other road bikes on the market, the PUBLIC R16 is designed for urban utility, with elegant slender polished silver fenders to keep you dry in any season, and additional braze-ons for cargo racks on the front or rear. The PUBLIC R16 is a great all-around city bike that can take you everywhere, from the yoga studio, to the office, to bridge-crossing country road rambles and overnight adventures.

This year we've upgraded the cockpit with modern, ergonomic aero brake levers for quicker, more powerful stops, even when riding up top on the hoods. And for those who prefer a more upright position on the flats when riding in city traffic, we added in-line brake levers at the center of the bars (aka "cross levers" or "interruptor levers") for safe commuter riding in any handlebar position.

We've also located the dual gear shifters on the downtube, for sleeker cable routing and easy, reliable shifting with fewer accidental bump shifts. And unlike your old ten-speed, the modern Shimano shifters offer eight indexed shifting stops for simple and precise click-shifting every time, no gear-hunting required. The Shimano Sora derailleur group offers the same reliable shifting performance as far more expensive road bikes, making the new PUBLIC R16 an unbeatable value for a versatile, lightweight, and speedy modern road bike for the city.

The new PUBLIC R16 also includes signature PUBLIC design features like coordinated cable housing, minimal branding, antique brown saddle and bar tape, matching wheel rims, and convenient (removable) kickstand. Narrow 28mm tires offer a quick and nimble ride with plenty of comfort and flat resistance for rough city streets, and quick release wheels make it especially easy to carry on a roof rack or backseat for recreational rides out of town.

We highly recommend adding a PUBLIC Slender Rear Rack in matching British Racing Green, Cream, or Silver to maximize versatility without compromising style.

Love at First Ride guarantee: If you do not love your bike from the very first ride, we will take it back. Period.

Frame: PUBLIC hi-tensile steel frameset with chromoly seat tube, fender and rack braze-ons, integrated kickstand bracket

Fork: PUBLIC 100% Chromoly unicrown 1 threaded fork, with fender and rack braze-ons

Handlebar: 6016 alloy standard drop, (small 38cm wide, medium 40cm wide, large 42cm wide)

Stem: Forged alloy quill stem, 26.0mm clamp (Small 80mm, Medium & Large 100mm)

Headset: 1" alloy anodized silver, threaded

Bar Tape: PUBLIC perforated Micro Fiber

Cassette: Shimano 8 speed HG41 11-30 tooth freewheel

Crankset: Classic alloy crankset 50/34 tooth, high polish (S: 165mm M: 170 L: 175mm)

Bottom bracket: Square taper sealed cartridge bottom bracket

Chain: KMC X8 8-speed

Pedals: Wellgo M149, alloy two sided pedal

Front & rear brake: Cold forged alloy dual pivot caliper, EN Standard brake pads

Shifter: Shimano SL-R400, down tube shifter, 8 speed index

Front Derailleur: Shimano Sora FD3500

Rear Derailleur: Shimano Sora RD3500GS

Brake levers: Aero style, ergonomic brake lever

Brake levers top mount: Top mount secondary brake lever, alloy

Saddle: PUBLIC retro racing saddle

Seat post: Alloy micro-adjust high polish 27.2mm x 350mm length

Seat post clamp: Alloy 1 bolt

Tires: Kenda Kwest 700x28c

Inner tubes: Presta valve

Rims: Alloy, 700c 32 hole double wall, painted to match bike color, machined brake surface

Front hub: Alloy low flange 32 hole, quick release axle

Rear hub: Alloy low flange 32 hole, quick release axle

Spokes: Stainless steel 14G

Kickstand: Alloy center mount

Fenders: Polished silver alloy full fender


1. Ready to Ride - Delivered to Your Door, 99% Assembled - $135.00

FedEx Ground - 7-10 business days - Signature Required

You'll receive a bike that's been carefully built and fine-tuned by our expert mechanics in the Bay Area. Your bike will arrive Ready to Ride, with only a few simple steps needed to get pedaling. We recommend this as our best value option.

Take a peek at our Ready To Ride Assembly Video to see how easy it is and read more about our delivery options.

Delivery to Hawaii and Alaska is currently not available online. Please contact us for additional information. We do not ship any products outside of the United States.

2. Find Your Own Mechanic - Barebones Shipping of Un-assembled Bikes - $55.00

FedEx Ground - 7-10 business days - Signature Required

You'll receive an unbuilt bike in a factory box that hasn't been fine-tuned by our mechanics. To ensure your bike is safe to ride, we only recommend assembly in a bike shop by professional bicycle mechanics with specialty tools and training.

We highly recommend our easy Ready to Ride assembly and shipping option to save you time and money. Read more about our delivery options.

3. San Francisco Bay Area Store Pickup - Free

7-10 business days for store delivery

If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, you can place an order online and pick up your bike at our San Francisco or Oakland store. It will take 7-10 business days to deliver your order to the store. We will call you when it is ready for pickup.

Can't wait and need it now? Call any of our stores to see if we have your items in stock. If one of our stores has what you're looking for, you can place an order with them over the phone instead of online.

Love At First Ride Or Your Money Back:
The ride itself may be the best thing about your PUBLIC bike. Which is why we offer our Love at First Ride guarantee. If you do not love your bike from the very first ride, we'll take it back. Period.

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PUBLIC R16 Size Recommendations

S5'5" - 5'7"29.75"
M5'8" - 5'10"31.25"
L5'11" - 6'3"32.75"

When in doubt, please call or email our friendly customer service team before placing your order.

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