A La Bicyclette Rychtarski Flat Bar ‘Cross Bike – Kyle Kelley

A La Bicyclette Rychtarski Flat Bar ‘Cross Bike
Photos by Kyle Kelley, words by John Watson

A quick and even thorough internet search for the brand Rychtarski doesn’t turn up much. There’s a Facebook page for the brand, as well as a handful of Instagram posts, mostly of singlespeeds and track bikes, with a few modern road or all-road bikes in the mix. For the most part, the Polish brand Rychtarski has a pretty low-key presence at least from over here in the USA. But this bike isn’t a US-based bike, it’s owned by one of the guys at La Bicyclette, and it’s a total beaut!

Made from one of my all-time favorite tubesets, Columbus MAX, this rim-brake, flatbar ‘cross bike is perfect for inner-city living, where getting out of the myriad of paved or cobbled roads, in order to hit the dirt is a must.

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  • Tim Guarente

    “Backwards” (Rapidrise!) derailleur, upside down stem, backwards post… Is the backwards Thomson post the new upside down King headset?

    Super cool setup.

    • Ace Carretero

      That rapid rise derailleur was the first thing i noticed on that bike when we saw it. True sign of nerd/kook.

  • Zian

    I love those older enve canti forks!

  • Nicolas Ponroy

    Rychtarski is making only custom-made, on demand bike. Pretty well-known in Europe as one of the only affordable options for such kind of bikes

  • thomPson stem upside down but chris king rightside up?! what a world.

    • mrbiggs

      Photo 11 shows the seatpost to be upside-down as well. And I think the cable housing is backward. Crazy!

  • YaanG

    If you go to the Rychtarski Facebook page right now, the top post is a gilded Peugeot show bike that uses radial spokes on the rear AND front with a hub brake. Somebody explain how that works.

    • It’s outrageously ugly, too

    • Hugo van Doorn

      It looks like the front and rear hubs are drum brakes (i checked the S-A-Website to make sure). I presume this might change the dynamics/forces that the wheel has to endure. I would never ride a radial spoked rear wheel, but maybe the owner is a featherweight ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  • Fredrik

    Looks fun! You featured my Rychtarski back in the Prolly-days. http://theradavist.com/2013/10/readers-rides-fredriks-rychtarski-gravel-grinder/
    Currently on my fourth..

    • Yep! I totally forgot about it until I Google’d Rychtarski and found it!

  • mr. apodaca APODACA

    Ripping style!!!

  • mr. apodaca APODACA

    for miles…

  • Max

    I’m loving this bike! It is so clean and beautiful, understated details.