I know it isn’t quite a rust color, more like brown, but we needed a way to link up with the excellent live Neil Young album. I’ve also heard that Mr. Young is on the taller side himself, so if he happened to stroll into Pedal Revolution and request an cool-looking lugged steel road bike with some character, I’d probably point him in the direction of this machine.
The frame is a very light Centurion, one that used a lighter-weight Tange steel tubing. It originates from sometime in the mid-to-late eighties. This, incidentally, is also a time when Neil Young’s record sales were on the downswing; Young’s sales and influence had started to wane by the mid-80s. Other first-generation rockers were feeling this fade from relevance as well, but Young managed to put out that timely 1989 hit, Rockin’ in the Free World. No matter whether you like the song or not, it went to No. 2 on the Billboard charts and re-energized Young’s career. Few other artists from that era have managed to pull off something similar; the Rolling Stones tried, but their last chart-topping songs (Start Me Up, Emotional Rescue) came during the early ’80s. To be fair, the Stones had started a lot earlier than Neil Young and Keith and Mick weren’t getting along so well by the mid-’80s, but I guess none of that is even tangentially related to the fine “RUST NEVER SLEEPS” 62cm road bike we have for sale here at Pedal Rev.
A Beautiful textured finish!!
The light frame, along with a selection of lightweight yet durable components, results in a large-size steel road bike that weighs in at only 24 pounds. It rides very smoothly on 700 x 28 Panaracer Pasela tires, and features some parts that are staff favorites here: a 44cm Soma Highway One handlebar, Soma Sutro stem, and a comfortable WTB Speed V saddle. The nine-speed drivetrain is all new (aside from the Ultegra Shifters), and has a nice wide gear range to conquer most San Francisco hills.
Come check it out!