Linus Roadster Sport or Bianch Metropoli Uno?
Newbie here and wanted to get opinions of these two bikes. They are in the same price range and I will use it to commute (4 miles each way) and ride around town. I have a buddy who just bought the Linus and loves it, but don't know anyone with this Bianchi model. The LBS guy said it's a half dozen of one or six of another-that it's a matter of personal preference. Any feedback would be appreciated.
The Linus is for sure a better+ more stylish bike. If you live in flatville a 3spd would do, but I would get one with a Sturmey Archer 5w. I have used that hub 5400 awesome carefree miles, with oil substituted for the grease inside. Top speed is 45 mph. Far better than any cheap 3x8 derailler that will last 1/8 as long. SA hubs are impervious to weather and dirt. Service once a year, if that.
Besides that, the UNO is so ugly, has dorky slope tubes, goofy irregular spokes, broom handlebar. It screams CHEAP.
Last edited by GamblerGORD53; 03-26-14 at 03:28 PM.
If your ride is flat,the Linus will be fine. If it's hilly you'll want the Bianchi's wider gear range.
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Thanks for the input...gonna go with the Linus and ask about that hub. i appreciate the feedback.
Dynaryder gave good advice. I think the Bianchi has more versatility but I prefer the look of the Linus. Good luck with your choice.