Americans have been slow to catch up on certain elements of European life, like lunches so long they border on unemployment, and body hair so long it borders on...head-hair. Catching you up on the legitimacy of biking, Linus Bikes, now at East Hampton's Steven Alan pop-up, BAZAAR.
Founded by a couple of globe-trotting surfers, Linuses are inspired by the lightweight, functional straight lines of 1950's-60's French bicycles, a simple elegance lost when cycling became dominated by men who pee their tights during races. BAZAAR's carrying two pre-assembled models, each single speed with coasting breaks and a 3-piece forged aluminum crank w/ leather handgrips and curved aluminum handlebars, great for giving a weaving ride to a friend, or that rare hitchhiker who isn't in a hurry to get anywhere. The speed Roadster Classic (available in a medium 51cm/20" frame and a 58cm/23" large frame) has an upright posture more appropriate for a gentleman and comes in either black or cream, while the Dutchi Women's (black or red) comes in one size, with a curved frame and standard rack, qualities you'll appreciate on its rider as you pass the Dutchi.
BAZAAR also carries Linus accessories (canvas and leather bag add-ons; rear carriers), and of course non-biking gear as well: 109 vendors (Rogan, Acne, Property Of...), plus Hamptons-exclusive Steven Alan beach blankets -- to cover your exposed ankles when you discover America's not ready for your Capris.