The Fashion Cycle | Linus Bikes
Long before gas-guzzling Western capitals did something of a backpedal by implementing safer bike lanes and investing in bike-for-hire schemes, Adam McDermott and Chad Kushner, the South African founders of Linus Bikes, spent years traveling bicycle-centric cities in Europe and Asia. “We loved the simple, utilitarian bikes we’d find in other countries,” McDermott says, “and wished there was a similar urban bike-as-transportation culture back home.” Inspired by the elegant but basic designs of French city bikes of the ’50s and ’60s, Linus achieves the aesthetic of a modern vintage cycle: straight, clean lines, monochromatic colors and no excessive logos. Its new bicycle carryalls — crafted from wax canvas, oilskin leather and solid brass hardware that is designed to age nicely — are saddle bags you want.
from NY Times