Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Commuting
Reload this Page >

Linus Roadster Sport - any thoughts?

Notices
Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

Linus Roadster Sport - any thoughts?

Old 09-13-11, 11:39 AM
  #26  
gna
Count Orlok Member
 
gna's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: St. Paul, MN
Posts: 1,673

Bikes: Raleigh Sports, Raleigh Twenty, Raleigh Wyoming, Schwinn Le Tour Luxe Frankenbike

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 48 Post(s)
Liked 55 Times in 32 Posts
Originally Posted by tar wheel View Post
However, the most important aspect to me was the frame, which is a solid upgrade from the Linus, and the chain guard is something that was very important to me, as I'll be commuting in a suit most of the time.
They both look like nice bikes. They look like updated English 3-speeds, in fact.

If you do commute in a suit, be careful your cuffs don't flap into the chain or crank. Also beware the Brooks saddle doesn't stain your pants.
gna is offline  
Old 09-18-11, 01:41 PM
  #27  
tar wheels 
a fine chap
 
tar wheels's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: the district
Posts: 87
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Here's an update and some pics. I've been using the bike for commuting to work this week, and made my first bike beer run today! All in all, I'm pleased. The chain's a little noisy, but it's shifting pretty well. When I gave the Linus a test drive, before I ordered this one, the swept back handlebars didn't bother me. Now that I'm riding longer distances though, they need to go. I feel as though I have very little control with my hands all the way to the side. We just bought my wife a Felt Cafe 8, and I much prefer her bars. So, that'll be the first thing to be swapped out, and hopefully I can make it happen soon. I'm still a little nervous on the street, but I should gain a bit more confidence each day.







__________________
.....___o
---" \<,
(*) / (*)

Last edited by tar wheels; 09-18-11 at 07:12 PM.
tar wheels is offline  
Old 10-05-11, 09:23 PM
  #28  
dyrmaker83
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 53
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
If the chain is noisy, then something's wrong and you may want to have your shop check it out. That is, unless you mean the Nexus hub is noisy.

That's too bad about the bars, since I love my Albatross style bars. One suggestion: they may be too low from the looks of the BD picture. You could experiment with a dirt drop style stem to raise them up higher, since they should optimally be at least a little higher than the saddle. That'd be cheaper than getting new bars, anyway.
dyrmaker83 is offline  
Old 10-05-11, 09:40 PM
  #29  
irclean
Born Again Pagan
 
irclean's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Southwestern Ontario
Posts: 2,241

Bikes: Schwinn hybrid, Raleigh MTB

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Congrats on the new ride! It looks sharp with the Brooks saddle and grips.

Originally Posted by Rhodabike View Post
The Norco City Glide 8 and Ceres models have 8 speed internal hubs and might be within your price range.
e.t.a.: Okay forget the Ceres, it's about $1200. The City Glide 8 is about $665.
https://www.norco.com/bikes/urban/cit...y-glide-8-igh/
The Ceres has been discontinued for 2012, and Norco appears to have given up on belt-drive bikes for the time being (citing low sales). For those of us with Norco dealers close by, there may be some deals to be had on leftover 2011 models.
irclean is offline  
Old 10-05-11, 11:17 PM
  #30  
blakcloud
Senior Member
 
blakcloud's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 2,583
Mentioned: 12 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 603 Post(s)
Liked 342 Times in 220 Posts
Originally Posted by irclean View Post
Congrats on the new ride! It looks sharp with the Brooks saddle and grips.



The Ceres has been discontinued for 2012, and Norco appears to have given up on belt-drive bikes for the time being (citing low sales). For those of us with Norco dealers close by, there may be some deals to be had on leftover 2011 models.
Hopefully there will be some blowouts at the Toronto Fall Bike Show next week. I would pick one up if it was a just a little cheaper then the 1250 that I have seen it for locally.
blakcloud is offline  
Old 02-13-12, 04:35 PM
  #31  
PalmettoUpstate 
Verified Antique
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 480
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Handlebars?

Originally Posted by tar wheel View Post
I think so too, or at least I hope so. I'm going to invest the extra money I would have spent in panniers, a nice saddle, and some necessary accessories (pump, bottle and cage, flat kit, lock, etc).
tar wheel you said: When I gave the Linus a test drive, before I ordered this one, the swept back handlebars didn't bother me. Now that I'm riding longer distances though, they need to go. I feel as though I have very little control with my hands all the way to the side. We just bought my wife a Felt Cafe 8, and I much prefer her bars. So, that'll be the first thing to be swapped out, and hopefully I can make it happen soon.

I was wondering if you did indeed make the swap out of the handlebars. One thing I noticed from your pics was that the bar ends seem to be almost parallel to the axis of the bike frame with a flare out of no more than 15 degrees I'd say...

I have an old Sears 3-speed in my stable of bikes to be resurrected and it has that same type of - I assume it's one Northroads variation - handlebars. The bike isn't in a rideable condition yet so I haven't tried them but those handlebars look like they would cause one's elbows to be sort of pinched inward toward the torso in an uncomfortable and unnatural angle.

But a number of our other 3-speed bikes, Raleigh, Miyata, Panasonic, etc. have handlebars that are similar - again, I assume they are all Northroads variations - but they have a more open angle in relation to the frame axis - with anywhere from 30 to 45 degrees of flare out - and I find these types to be very comfortable - including from the "control" standpoint.

Anyway, you might want to look at some of those if you still haven't made the change; I like them a lot.
PalmettoUpstate is offline  
Old 02-13-12, 04:59 PM
  #32  
PalmettoUpstate 
Verified Antique
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 480
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Here's something I came across that may be of interest to those following this thread.

Raleigh [of Canada] still produces a facsimile of the "classic" English 3-speed bicycle.
The "Sprite" model: https://www.raleigh-canada.ca/bikes/sprite.html

I had a bi-lingual friend conversant in English and French do some calling around and it appears that these bikes go from $300 to $350 in U.S. dollars.

Dealers: https://www.raleigh-canada.ca/dealerlist.html#on-e
PalmettoUpstate is offline  
Old 02-13-12, 06:15 PM
  #33  
no1mad 
Thunder Whisperer
 
no1mad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: NE OK
Posts: 8,852

Bikes: '06 Kona Smoke

Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 274 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 6 Times in 2 Posts
Looks like the Sprite in Canada is known as the Classic Roadster here in the States.



And I would like to know about any bar updates the OP did. This makes the second report of people wanting to swap out the bars on the BD city bikes.
__________________
Community guidelines
no1mad is offline  
Old 02-14-12, 01:49 PM
  #34  
PalmettoUpstate 
Verified Antique
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 480
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
Looks like the Sprite in Canada is known as the Classic Roadster here in the States.

And I would like to know about any bar updates the OP did. This makes the second report of people wanting to swap out the bars on the BD city bikes.
You are right; seems to be the same bike. Only thing I noted different in a quick glance at the specs was that the "Sprite" shows a Hi-Ten fork and the "CR" shows a chromoly fork. That doesn't sound right; I suspect a mistake was made in the editing.

On handlebars, and particularly variations of the "Northroads" handlebars... I wonder if there is a thread explaining this difference in angles. If there isn't perhaps I will start one....
PalmettoUpstate is offline  
Old 02-14-12, 03:09 PM
  #35  
PalmettoUpstate 
Verified Antique
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 480
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 22 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
Looks like the Sprite in Canada is known as the Classic Roadster here in the States.



And I would like to know about any bar updates the OP did. This makes the second report of people wanting to swap out the bars on the BD city bikes.
NORTHROADS NORTH ROAD HANDLEBAR VARIANTS

Here's the best thread I could find on Bikeforums that discusses the variations in Northroads type handlebars: https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...oad+handlebars
PalmettoUpstate is offline  
Old 03-22-17, 05:38 AM
  #36  
fadumpt
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I know I'm resurrecting an old thread...but I'd be interested in hearing how the BD bike is doing (or did).

I checked out the BD link and it looks like the paint and some of the components would be some key factors in making it cheaper.

Last edited by fadumpt; 03-24-17 at 06:23 AM. Reason: Realize that Linus 3 speed is still HiTen mix, 3 speed is 4130
fadumpt is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
papaStrudel
Classic & Vintage
13
04-05-17 01:21 PM
zeppinger
Living Car Free
30
03-07-17 04:22 PM
josephort
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
12
03-17-15 04:26 PM
xStaticS
Hybrid Bicycles
3
08-13-14 10:54 AM
schmidtjas
Commuting
6
05-08-13 07:52 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.