“In most urban cultures bicycles are viewed as legitimate transportation and not merely recreation, but sadly this idea never really caught on in the US. We take numerous little journeys, under 5 miles, as part of our everyday life…. to the store, the pub, to work, etc. Besides the obvious joy of riding a bicycle, these small bicycle trips reduce carbon emissions, congestion, noise pollution, and make for a happier, city experience.”
The Linus model line-up includes three steel-framed styles in limited sizes that provide an upright riding position. You’ll find a mix of 1-speed and three speeds on the Roadster and Dutchi (step through) models. The three speed models come with a rear rack (not shown on photos) and color-matched fenders. The sweetheart of the bunch is the Mixte, which comes only in a 3-speed. I would have liked to see a full chainguard, but the ring-type guard looks pretty sharp (the Dutchi comes with a partial P-shaped guard).
At less than $600 these bikes have a great look for the price, complete with a stem-mounted bell. With some models at sub-$400 I’m sure you’re sacrificing some quality somewhere (bottom bracket, brakes, cranks, stem, perhaps?). If I get a chance to visit their shop in Venice I’ll post some more about it. If anyone has seen these in the wild we’d like to hear from you.
You can find Linus Bicycles at limited dealers in the US or at their home location in Venice, CA.
Roadster Classic (1-speed):
Roaster Sport (3-speed):
Duchi (3-speed shown):
Photo Credit: Mixte photo at top via Calhoun Cycle on Flickr