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Old 02-01-12, 06:28 PM
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Linus Mixte 8 vs. Electra Amsterdam 3i

I am especially looking for feedback from anyone who actually has the Linus Mixte.

I want a more upright bike for leisurely rides on the bike trail with my kids. I have a road bike, but my kids ride too slowly with too many stops for the road bike to be fun with them. I am looking for something that would be more comfortable (& more stylish ) than the 15 year old Gary Fisher hybrid I am currently riding.

I rode an Electra Townie & thought it was comfortable. I am considering an Electra Amsterdam Original 3i in orange because I prefer the look over the Townie. I really like the look of the Linus Mixte 8 in sage green (I know I am reinforcing the stereotype that women just choose bikes based on color). The Linus is a bit more than I was planning to spend, & unfortunately there is not a dealer in my state, so I cannot test ride one. Craigslist in our area does not seem to have much in the way of interesting vintage bikes.

I think the Linus would have a less upright position than the Electra. I'm not sure whether I really need the 8 speeds vs. the 3, since I am mostly planning to take short rides without an major hills. My husband just got a single speed for our family rides, so 3 speeds is probably enough.

I appreciate any feedback/suggestions you may have.
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Old 02-01-12, 07:41 PM
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If you don't mind online ordering and working with basic hand tools take a look at these options also. Single, 3 and 8 speed options.
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/city_bikes.htm
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Jenny--can't spead to the Electra Amsterdam, but if you like your Townie (my wife really enjoys her Townie 7D), then you'll probably like the fit of the Amsterdam...they seem to be pretty similar.

I know people who like their Linus bikes. Is the color the main thing attracting you to the Mixte 8? They have a 3-speed Mixte model, which I think is cheaper than the Mixte 8. Also, if you like the color, they have a model of their Dutch-style bike in the green, and it's a 3-speed like the Electra.

Have you ever heard of Public Bikes? They're based in San Francisco, and based on your interest in the Electra and Linus models, I think you may like their aesthetics. They may be more than you're wanting to spend, though (but like the Linus, they are steel frames).
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I don't own a Townie, but there are a couple of shops here that carry them, so I test rode one. I originally was looking at the Linus Mixte 3, but liked the color of the 8, & thought "Maybe I DO need 8 gears." So easy to keep adding upgrades until you are looking at bikes that cost twice what you were originally planning. There is a new bike shop that supposedly carries Public bikes. I will probably go look at them. They are a bit more expensive, & for whatever reason, I don't like the look as much from the picture.

I like the look of the Windsor Kensington from bikes direct. I am comfortable with basic assembly, but not with more complex adjustments. I would probably pay to have it assembled, or at least tuned up & adjusted once I assembled it. I have read mixed reviews about the bikes direct quality. Anyone want to comment?
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From what I gather, Bikes Direct might have been a bit dicier in the past, but a lot of people on here are very happy with what they've gotten from BD.

Looking at those Windsor Kensingtons...steel, Nexus 8 hub, racks and fenders included, for $450? Looks like a great deal!
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I have a mountain bike from bikes direct and have no complaints at all. For what I was able to get for the price it was a great value and has been a solid bike. Assembly was fairly simple and it did need some derailleur and disc adjustments, but nothing major. The Kensington should be easy to assembly and adjustments are probably minimal with the internally geared hub.
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I'm all about the Linus Mixte 8. Its classic lines are what I'm drawn to. And who couldn't use 8 speeds?
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Here are some other possibilities:
Giant Via mixte, also available with 8-speed derailleur gearing:
http://www.giant-bicycles.com/en-us/....w/9050/48939/
Norco CityGlide 8:
http://www.norco.com/bikes/urban/urb.../city-glide-w/
Kona Roundabout and AfricaBike 3:
http://www.konaworld.com/asphalt_sim...ent=roundabout
http://www.konaworld.com/asphalt_sim...ricabike_three
Opus Nuovella (I don't know if Opus is sold outside Canada):
http://www.opusbike.com/en/bikes_7_29-49-nuovella.html
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I don't think Opus are distributed outside of Canada, which is a shame. Some of their bikes look really cool.
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Lots of interesting options. The more I read, the less certain I become about what to get. Luckily I do have a bike to ride already. Maybe I should just take it in for an over-haul as my husband suggested.
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If you buy a new bike, will you stop riding your other bike, or will it continue to be a 'fitness' or 'fast' bike?

If it will continue to be used, then buy something affordable from a dealer/store that you like. The right bike is the one that you enjoy riding. It doesn't really matter that much.

If, however, your gary fisher is just going to sit and collect dust, then consider some basic changes to make it more 'city'-like. Maybe a nice fender set, new saddle, new stem and handlebars?
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I was planning to either sell of give away my Gary Fisher if I buy a new "casual" rider. That may be part of the problem- my husband & I bought matching Gary Fishers for our wedding. He may be more sentimental than I think. I'd rather let someone get some use from it. I already traded my mountain bike to the neighbor kid for his hand-me-down bike that my son uses.

I'm leaning toward the Electra from a local shop so that I get assembly & tune-ups covered. If I start riding more, or even commuting, I might try the bike direct mixte.
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I just ordered the Windsor Kensington in Ocean Blue.
http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/...ensington8.htm

I'm on the border between sizes, so I ordered up, hoping to have a more upright ride. I figure if the reach is too long, I can get a different handlebar or stem. We'll see.

I'll post an update once we get the bike & have assembled it.
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I just received a Windsor Oxford from Bikes Direct. I only needed the three speeds, and the navy blue men's frame was only available in the Oxford. I'm quite happy with my new bike, and hope you enjoy yours too.
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