I'd like to go ahead and say there have been a lot of pretty great Ritte kits. There of course, was the first kit, with its PDM-inspired swoosh and the now iconic red, yellow and light blue. About the same time there was a very rare all-white version of that original design. Then there've been the different team kits, for Ritte Team, Women's Team, Cyclocross Team, Clever's Donuts Team, and the list goes on but I'm too impatient to keep naming them. We've had some different retail special edition kits, like the all-white Summer kit with the stripes around the chest and the "Ritte Los Angeles" kit that's available right now at Ritte dealers around the world.
But one of my favorite special edition kits was the DOS kit featuring an 8-bit Ritte logo with the "R" enclosed by the classic curser from '80s computers you can probably still find at your local public library.
The 8-bit thing was a bit of a phase for us about a year ago. We did a series of bikes painted in 8-bit and a cap named after a popular video-game franchise from the 80s.
I think it all started while training for the 2013 road season. I'm easily bored while riding solo and tempered the lonely training days by listening to podcasts and audiobooks. Among the many not-so-high-brow titles I pedaled to was a book called Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It's a bit of an action-thriller for the ultra-nerdy and it's chock-full of 80's geek-culture trivia, with lots of long, detailed discussions of how to play ET the video game and exactly how many gigs or ram would be required to run a KIT from Knight Rider emulation. So I suppose all those Atari and Commodore 64 and War Games references filtered their way through the strata of my brain until all that came out of me were geeky, 8-bit designs.
Including this "DOS" kit:
In Summer of '13 we offered this kit for a limited time and, like many of our limited-release kits, people who missed out were exceedingly bummed. Frankly, I didn't even end up with one of these kits, and now I'm bummed too. And so I say fuck that. Let's make one more round of these wonderful kits we can let the handsome geek in all of us out in the sunshine.
So until June 22nd you (and I) can pre-order the world-famous DOS kit. You'd be taking delivery around the end of August. I don't think we'll be revisiting the '80s anytime soon, so this is your chance to take advantage of a slight aberration in the universe of Ritte design.