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Linus Bikes, the most stylish way to get around town

February 19, 2010 |  8:00 am

Last weekend when the weather was amazing and the sun and sky couldn’t be more brilliant, I took a stroll down Abbott Kinney Boulevard in Venice and stumbled upon an adorable shop with bikes so chic they make a car-loving, accident-prone scaredy cat like me want to ride one all over L.A.

Linus Bikes is the brainchild of Adam McDermott and Chad Kushner, who started creating the sleek and elegant cycles as a practical and no-nonsense alternative to the clunky and teched-out models on the market. The result is simple, classic bikes that look right out of a '50s French film. Fashion retailers like Steven Alan have caught on, selling the bikes in store and online. They make an undeniably smart-looking accessory (and of course, sturdy mode of transport).

McDermott and Kushner have also started designing canvas bags that saddle the back of the bike and store belongings while zipping around. Now if I could just find a helmet that was just as stylish…

Melissa Magsaysay

Linus Bikes, 1413 1/2 Abott Kinney Blvd., Venice CA

Photos: Left, bikes line the front of the Abbot Kinney store front of Linus bikes. Right, Linus Bikes co-owner Adam McDermott at his store in Venice. Photo Credit: Dalia Burde.