1. Roji Collection Rally by Tern
Commuting on a typical vintage bike gives you street cred, but often at the expense of tech and polish. The Rally solves that problem thanks to its sweet steel cromoly frame and lugged fork. It packs other nice touches, too: polished quill stem, leather grips, alloy fenders, and a simple 1X8 Shimano drivetrain to help you power up hills and speed through traffic.
I loved that this bike handled like some of my vintages bikes. Its slightly flexible steel frame took the harshness out of rough roads, and the styling is spot on. Its classic components make for a truly handsome bike at a great price. The thumb shifter (which I haven’t used since my early mountain-bike days in the ’80s) worked smoothly and easily with the Claris rear derailleur. I also appreciated that this bike eschews a front derailleur, which would ruin the clean lines. Eyelets for front and rear racks are included, so you can load this beauty up for double duty as a cargo/commuter.
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