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PUBLIC R16 2013

SOLD OUT - our new upgraded PUBLIC R16 city road bike is now available.

(Currently not available)

After years of requests for an affordable classic road bike for the city, we designed our own: the PUBLIC R16. It has been styled after the best vintage road bikes but with the benefits of modern components for easier shifting, stronger braking, and lighter weight, to make it one of the best city road bikes available.

We designed the PUBLIC R16 to meet the demands of both urban and recreational riding. With its drop handlebars, road bike geometry, and sixteen speeds, the PUBLIC R16 city road bike delivers higher performance than more upright city bikes and is ideal for longer, faster commutes. And you'll be hard pressed to find another modern road bike on the market that comes with matching fenders and optional add-on matching rear racks - features more commonly found on far costlier custom bikes from boutique bike builders.

Lightweight and agile, the PUBLIC R16 city road bike can tackle potholes and handle all forms of asphalt, concrete or bike paths. With aesthetic details such as brown tires, leather toe straps, a retro saddle with brass rivets, and matching rims and fenders, it rolls like a custom steel framed road bike. The PUBLIC R16 is ultra-comfortable, versatile, unisex, and capable of turning heads at a neighborhood coffee shop or distant mountaintop. You can add an optional matching PUBLIC Slender Rear Rack to carry a pannier, bag, lock, or other items.

We designed the PUBLIC R16 with several customers in mind.

  • Any beginner or experienced rider who needs one bicycle that can serve both for everyday transportation and weekend recreation.
  • Experienced riders who own and ride high performance aluminum or carbon fiber bikes and want a stylish and comfortable bike for the city.
  • Design aficionados and purists who appreciate simple lines and classic styling over swoopy shapes and loud graphics.

What makes the PUBLIC R16 different from other PUBLIC bikes?

Customers tell us they've ridden their PUBLIC city bikes on long 30-100 mile rides and even on charity rides from San Francisco to Los Angeles. But with sixteen speeds and lighter weight, the PUBLIC R16 makes any longer or hilly ride more efficient. The classic road bike frame geometry also allows for more agility, quicker handling and acceleration, and better climbing compared to our traditional PUBLIC city bikes. There are special styling details with the PUBLIC R16:

  • Leather toe straps
  • Retro saddle with brass rivets
  • Bar end shift levers for durability and simplicity
  • Perforated handlebar tape for comfort
  • Dual water bottle mounts
  • Real gum rubber dia-compe brake lever hoods inspired by classic road bikes
  • Subtle brown tires with cream sidewalls with painted rims to match the frame
  • Lighter wheels for quick acceleration
  • Optional matching PUBLIC Slender Rear Rack for carrying panniers and bags

Delivery: Your bike is ready to ship within 3-5 business days. We'll deliver it to your door or to your local bike shop.

Weight: 26.5 lbs

Frame: PUBLIC Double Butted TIG-Welded Chromoly Frameset with fender and rack braze-ons, integrated kickstand bracket

Small (5'4" - 5'7") - Seat tube (50cm), Top tube (525mm), Head tube (107mm), Chainstay (425mm), Wheelbase (1025mm), Seat tube angle (74.5 degrees) - Head tube angle (70.5 degrees)

Medium 54cm (5'8" - 5'11") - Seat tube (54cm), Top tube (550mm), Head tube (143mm), Chainstay (425mm), Wheelbase (1030mm), Seat tube angle (73.5 degrees) - Head tube angle (71.5 degrees)

Large 58cm (5'11" - 6'3") - Seat tube (58cm), Top tube (585mm), Head tube (181mm), Chainstay (425mm), Wheelbase (1050mm), Seat tube angle (73 degrees) - Head tube angle (72.5 degrees)

Fork: PUBLIC Lugged Chromoly 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

Freewheel: Shimano 8 speed HG41 11-30 tooth freewheel

Crankset: FSA Alloy crankset 50/34 tooth (S: 170mm M: 172.5 L: 175mm)

Bottom bracket: FSA Square taper sealed cartridge bottom bracket

Chain: Shimano HG50 8 speed

Pedals: Wellgo M149 alloy with steel toe clip and leather strap

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

Shifter: Micro shift bar end shifters

Front Derailleur: Shimano FD2300

Rear Derailleur: Shimano RD2300

Brake levers: Dia-Compe Retro Brake Levers

Saddle: PUBLIC retro racing saddle with brass rivets

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

Seat post clamp: Alloy 1 bolt

Tires: Duro 700x28c brown with creme sidewall

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: Painted 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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