Have you ever wanted to streamline your cycling experience and get back to the simplicity of a retro single speed? The Roadster Classic from Linus definitely fits the bill. Inspired by French and Italian cinema from the 50’s and 60’s, the Roadster Classic will easily bring you back to the glory days of yesteryear.
The Roadster Classic comes in three sizes: small: 48 cm/18 3/4 – 26 wheel, medium: 51cm/20 – 700C wheel, and large: 59cm/23 – 700C wheel, and weighs in at 29.5 pounds. The frame is durable Hi Tensile steel with a Chromoly down tube. It also has a 3 piece forged aluminum crank, double wall alloy rims with stainless steel spokes, genuine leather grips, North Road polished aluminum handlebar, Shimano coaster brake, touring saddle, front reflector, rear reflector, alloy kickstand, touch-up paint for the frame, and a mid-century styled alloy bell. One feature I really liked is that the tires have a built-in reflective strip that goes around the entire circumference on both sides of both tires.
The Roadster Classic frame comes in three color choices: rosewood, black, and cream. If you choose the rosewood frame, the tires are cream colored. If you opt for either the black or cream bike frame, the tires come in black.
This bike is a shining example of how the idea of keeping it simple can make a great product. By only having one speed and just a coaster brake, this bike eliminates a whole bunch of parts that are bound to let you down. This essentially reduces the amount of maintenance required to keep this bike up and running. I had several bikes as a kid, and those that always lasted the longest before needing any work done were the single speeds with a coaster brake. Steel frame single speed bikes are basically bullet proof compared to bikes with aluminum frames, dozens of gears, shifter cables, hand brakes, brake cables, and shocks – each of which have dozens of intricate tiny parts just waiting to fail on you, usually at a critical moment if you have my luck.
In my testing, I found the Roadster Classic to be a smooth and comfortable ride, with good handling and of a very decent build quality. I really enjoy riding with the curved back handlebars. This bike is definitely a looker and sure to turn heads while riding around town. With minimal maintenance, it could easily last a lifetime .
If you are shopping for a bike that is easy to ride, impeccably stylish, low- maintenance, retro, and just a joy to ride than take a good hard look at the single speed Roadster Classic from Linus. It might just be exactly what you have been looking for.
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Small 48cm / 19″ Medium 51cm / 20″ Large 59cm / 23″
Standover height: 72.3cm / 28.5″ 76cm / 29.9″ 83cm / 32.7″
Effective top tube length: 57cm 58.5cm 59.5cm
Weight: 13kg / 28lbs 14.5kg / 29.5lbs 15.5kg / 30.5lbs
Frame: Hi-ten steel frame with cro-mo down tube Fork: Hi-ten steel
Headset: 1″ alloy top/steel base
BB set: Cartridge
Crankset: 3- piece forged aluminium crank, 170mm, 46T chain ring, alloy chain guard
Front hub: Sealed bearings, aluminum, 36H Rear hub: Shimano, alloy, single speed, 18T Cog: Shimano 18T
Chain: KMC 410, CP
Spokes: 14 guage stainless steel w/ brass / CP nipples front, 13 gauge stainless steel w/brass/CP nipples rear
Rim: Double walled, alloy rims
Tires: Linus “Elysian” black (cream with Rosewood), 700X35C w/reflective stripe
Rear brakes: Shimano coaster
Handlebar: Custom bend polished aluminium, 475mm wide, 25.4mm center
Grips: Genuine brown leather with hand made stitching
Stem: Alloy road quill, 80mm x 180mm, 18d rise
Seat post and size: Alloy, adjustable, 25.4
Saddle: Touring saddle
Pedals: Alloy pedals
Extras: Front and rear reflectors, mid-century alloy bell, alloy kickstand