Linus Bikes, a company formed 3 years ago in sunny California, produces beautiful bikes in a style reminiscent of vintage 50’s French design.
The bikes, which offer an upright and dignified ride for the distinguished lady or gentleman, have smartly unadorned, classic-looking frames with included fenders, a back rack, and sleek internal hubs. And now they're on sale at BicycleSPACE! 20% off!
Linus bikes come in an array of era-appropriate colors, but the beautiful specimen we have in our shop window currently is the Marine Blue Roadster Sport. This particular Roadster is specially fitted with a top-of-the-line Brooks B17 Special saddle and a collection of brass accessories including a set of beautiful MKS pedals, a bottle cage, and a Crane Suzu bell for a thoroughly vintage look. The B17 Special saddle (all Brooks Products are also presently on sale and being discounted 20%) offers unparalleled levels of comfort and longevity. These saddles are handmade of fine British leather, which will conform to your specific shape and when treated properly will last you thousands of miles. The MKS track pedals are stiff and transfer as much power as you can give them and work well with either leather or rubber soled shoes. And the brass bottle cage and bell, well, they tie the whole brass look together.
Some people ask if three gears is going to be enough to get around on, and I answer with an emphatic Californian “hell yes!” The Roadster Sport is a great all-around town bike, especially in The District. Minus the slope to Columbia Heights and sections of Wisconsin, there aren’t all that many hills around here. But, even if you have to scale those climbs, the Shimano 3 speed internal hub gives you a wide range that will often suffice. Having said that, you could always consider the 8 speed Roadster which offers a slightly wider range and the luxury of being able to fine tune just a little bit more depending on the terrain you’re going over. A bonus of any internal hub is that you have the ability to shift gears while stopped at a light or when staring wide-eyed up the 14th street peak once you've realized you're in the hardest gear. No problem, grip your shifter, twist it down to one of the easier speeds and once the light turns green your Roadster is shifted and ready for a sweat-free ascent.
The Linus Roadster Sport is a great ride whether commuting to work in tame or inclement weather, or taking it out for a luxurious ride on your weekend on the C&O canal. Linus also offers 2 specific bikes that tend to especially appeal to women: the Dutchi—with a step through frame—and the more modern Mixte, both come in 3 and 8 speed versions as well. And if your looking for a sportier ride check out the Gaston. For more information in general, check out all of the bikes on Linus' website. Or better yet, come in and try one for yourself!
By Tony Pelton, Sales Associate