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Retrospec Venus Dutch Step-Thru City Comfort Hybrid Bike
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An Urban Lifestyle Bike Company
At Retrospec Bicycles, we engineer our bikes for efficiency, comfort, and precision. The durability of our products and the safety of our riders are our top priorities, and we won’t compromise on either. All of our R+D is done in-house at our Los Angeles offices to ensure you’re getting the very best bike possible.
Retrospec's Venus Step-Thru City Bike
Available in Single, Three, and Seven-Speeds
Venus Step-Thru city bike is out of this world. These are built around our hand-built and shock-absorbing steel frame and made the complete commuting package with best of the best components and drivetrains. Durable, reliable, and versatile, this is the bike for year-round riding.
Its classic shape and retro features, like metal fenders, a chrome head light, and brown vegan leather grips, will make you want to forego all other modes of transportation.
- UrbanComfort Step-Thru Frame
- Comfortable Upright Riding Position
- Front & Rear Caliper Brakes
- Kenda Commuter Tires in Gumwall
- Single-Speed with a Freewheel
- Three-Speed with Sturmey Archer Internal Hub
- Seven-Speed with Shimano Altus Drivetrain
- RevoShift Grip Shifter (3 & 7 Speeds)
Venus-1 is a peppy one gear that will never leave you wanting more. This bike weighs less because it’s equipped with a single gear. Its simplicity is the basis of its appeal. With fewer gears, it will need less maintenance over its lifetime. Sometimes less is more.
Venus-3 flaunts a Sturmey Archer three-speed internal hub, which both has a cleaner look and is very low maintenance compared to derailleurs. Sturmey Archer has been an industry leader for over 113 years. This drivetrain shifts very easily and precisely with the RevoShift grip shifter.
Venus-7 creates more opportunity for different kinds of riding. With the Shimano Altus seven-speed drivetrain, you can ride across a wider range of terrain, which is great for longer commutes. Shifting is easy, intuitive, reliable, and precise with the RevoShift grip shifter.
Venus Step-Thru Frame
Our UrbanComfort frame will send you over the moon. It’s hand-built, tig-welded, high-tensile strength steel for durability and shock absorption. Our step-thru style sports a downward angled top tube, making it easier to get on and off.
Our Venus Step-Thru city bike is dripping with retro charm. It comes with an already installed rear rack that is sturdier for more riding versatility. Venus also sports vintage-inspired metal fenders and chrome front bike light.
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PS: did you all catch the reference to Queen's "Bicycle Race" in the title? ^__^
The bike arrived mostly assembled as others have mentioned and it wasn't scratched or bent. I did take it to my bike shop after I put it together just to have them inspect everything. It was nice that the bike already came with a rear rack as I usually have to buy one because I use side baskets. The old-fashion bell that came with it looks just fine. (I lost the attachment for the vintage headlight that also came with the bike, so I can't comment on that.)
The paint job is nice and there is a white striping detail on the black frame that adds to the vintage feel of the bike.
I've now replaced the handle bars with ones that are more cushioned as I did with the seat. I added a front basket and two folding metal ones that are attached to the rack. I also added a coffee cup holder to the front handle. This bike is my 'car' so adding and replacing items makes sense for me as I use it almost every day. I'll probably replace the pedals for ones that are a little wider.
I'm still not sure about the handle bar though. It's positioned so that your arms are high up and you are not leaning forward on the bike---you are sitting totally upright. It still feels weird to me. On the plus side, the 'step-through' does make it a lot easier for wearing skirts/dresses.
I wish the front tire wasn't a quick-release. Something about the structure of the frame (maybe it's the step-through) makes it harder to lock the bile via the front tire & frame to poles or bike racks. I had to buy a long cable lock that would go through the front tire and part of the frame. I don't think I'll ever use the quick-release: I've never used it on all my other city-style bikes.
So, to the manufacturer---is this necessary given the kind of bike rider who will buy this style of bike?
The headlight is all plastic. (Unlike the originals from Holland it tries to mimic). It requires a screw driver or small coin to replace the batteries. The bell is thin and had to be bent back in shape. For me these are not important. So: 5 stars.
It's not the fanciest bike on the market, so I don't know how long it'll hold up, but so far, no complaints.
For the record, I'm about 5'5" and went with the small frame so I could let guests use the bike when they visit. I'm glad I did, because I feel like the large would be too big.