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GREEN MY RIDE: Win a Brand New 7-Speed Linus Scout Bicycle + Accessories (Worth $645!)

by , 07/09/13

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The sun is out, the weather is warm, and the days are longer than ever — and pedaling around town on a brand new bicycle is the best way to savor all that summer has to offer! Inhabitat has teamed up with Linus Bikes to give one lucky reader a shiny new bicycle from their latest collection! You could win a sweet package worth a whopping $645 — including a brand new 7-speed Scout bicycle, a lightweight alloy rack and an awesome wire basket. All you need to do is convince us why you need this bike! The commenter with the best reason will claim the Scout and all these great prizes as his or her own. The deadline for this giveaway is Tuesday, July 9th, so enter today!

HOW TO ENTER:

1. SIGN UP FOR THE INHABITAT NEWSLETTER HERE > We’ll be announcing the winners in our weekly newsletter, so if you want to find out who won, you’ll need to receive it!

2. LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW with your explanation why you need this bike. The more creative and specific, the better—bonus points for links to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and G+ photos that illustrate your point (use #GREENMYRIDE)

The deadline for this giveaway is Tuesday, July 9th. We’ll pick the photo and comment we like best and announce the winner in our July 11th newsletter.

THE DEADLINE IS TUESDAY, JULY 9th

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The Scout – worth $545

Linus calls its sweet Scout cycle “the bike for everyone.” The Scout has an easy step-through frame, a comfortable upright riding stance and seven speeds that makes it the perfect bike to explore your world. Other features include:

  • A durable Hi Tensile steel frame with Chromoly down tube
  • A Shimano Acera 7 speed derailleur w/ MegaRange cassette
  • Tektro dual pivot caliper brakes
  • A forged aluminum crank
  • A chainguard w/ enclosed crank
  • Double wall alloy rims with stainless steel spokes
  • Linus Elysian tires w/ gum wall
  • Genuine leather grips
  • A mid-century alloy bell

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Rear Rack – worth $55

Linus lightweight alloy rack sports your satchel, groceries, or panniers with refined, minimalist style. The sturdy rack has lots of places to secure bungee cords, allowing you to stow away your bag and leave your back and shoulders free to enjoy the ride.

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Rear Wire Basket – worth $45

Drawing inspiration from vintage New England clam baskets, Linus created this easy, no fuss wire bike basket. Simply hang it off your rear rack or detach it and carry it by its wood handle.

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391 Comments

  1. Alice Carey July 9, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    HI there,

    I would love to have this bike for my sons birthday July 26 :) He will be two and a friend of mine gave me a baby bike seat but we have yet to acquired a bike. We read some Dr. Seuss this week- Oh the places you’ll go and I couldn’t help but think of all the places we would go!!!! Maybe we’ll get lucky enough to hear:

    Congratulations!
    Today is your day.
    You’re off to Great Places!
    You’re off and away!

    Off and away my son and I would be to places like the beach, daycare/preschool, work, birthday parties, friends houses, libraries- the list is endless really! Being a single mom I don’t have much extra cash flow and this bike would be an amazing gift I couldn’t otherwise afford. We would so love this-not to mention my son is just now discovering bikes and is obsessed when he sees them go by!

    Hope we win it! And oh we live next to a place that fosters a gift economy with a “free store” and if I win I promise to share the bike and loan it out to there for others to enjoy too.

  2. Kate Adams June 15, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    In the Summer, the fall and the Spring
    Two wheels would be really my thing
    But, when there are chills, I need glamorous thrills
    That only the Scout really brings!

    I am a huge fan of you, Linus
    Your credentials are truly the finest
    So, c’mon, Green my Ride, I will own it with pride
    They’ll be calling me, ‘Maam’ and ‘Your highness’!

    Well, the World which we share and inhabit
    I will travel, if only I’ll grab it
    Oh, I don’t want to pout, so please let my joy out
    And send my that beautiful Scout!

  3. Vickie Bruce June 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    My goal is to help my son get a bike. 8 years ago his dad lost his life due to a bike accident. He was not wearing a helmet and fell from a 10 speed and hit his head. With money we received from social security I bought my son a used car for 1500.00 so he could go to work as money was then very tight. Stephen took care of his car and having a good heart he even let his brother use his car when he needed to get to work. Needless to say the car has finally given up the good fight after 7 years of use. Stephen is a night manager at a hotel and starts walking to get to work 1 hour before his shift starts at 11 p.m. In the morning when his shift ends at 7 a.m., after standing all night, he walks home. Now he has expressed that he wishes he could afford to get a bike. My first instinct was to worry and tell him not to because I worried he could fall like his dad did. His response to me was, “Mom, dad was not responsible. He should have worn a helmet. I am responsible and I know first hand what can happen. I would never ride without a helmet.” What he said was so endearing to me I feel the desire to help him get that bike. Also, his birthday is June 18th and I think it would make a great birthday gift. Thank you for your time and bless!

  4. Maurice Ricks June 9, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I really need a bike for exercise for a ride to work and for transportation

  5. TealSea May 30, 2014 at 1:00 am

    Recieving this prize by my reason, how my lover would cherish a new bicycle, then I could invite her to join me on a tour about the country abroad.

  6. Surfbabe28 November 6, 2013 at 3:32 am

    This bike would come in very handy indeed so I can ride to work, get fit and reduce carbon emissions

  7. Great White- Shark: Ear... July 25, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    I have my old and beaten up bicycle for over a decade now, even the bicycle mechanic that believes in reusing older bicycle parts, I only use, is telling me I need to get a new bicycle. I bicycle ride all the time (at least 12 to 13-miles at least 5-days a week, to work and Etc.) and do not use my 1994 Ford Ranger small truck that I have to drive it or it will rust to the point it cannot be used any more. So, I ride my bicycle at least every weekday and drive my truck, rarely more than just circling in my front yard, to turn it over and get the fluids moving through everything. The only jobs I can find professional and seasonal animal(s), Person (People) and Home(s) sitter (20-years) and professional and seasonally working for local county and city elections departments as a Poll Deputy (9-years). Thus, I cannot afford to spend extra money on new bicycle

  8. Laura Ross Laura Ross July 14, 2013 at 2:44 pm

    Did you win, Rafael? Wish Inhabit/Linus would post some photos. :)

  9. Rafael Gomez Hinojosa July 14, 2013 at 9:55 am

    First of all, thank you Linus and inhabitat. It is a beautiful bike. I spend much of my money on gas, and I actually don’t travel more than a few miles. This bike will change my life. Thank you for thinking of us.

  10. yingw July 12, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    did you announce the winner yet?

  11. bluebear_design July 10, 2013 at 10:49 am

    It’s very simple, you would make my wife the happiest and trendiest person on the planet this summer!
    Kudos.

  12. Tim Z July 10, 2013 at 12:29 am

    “I WANNA WIGGLE”

    I would love to own a Linus Bike because “I wanna wiggle”.

    I recently moved to San Francisco, and on day one was super excited to join the masses of eco-friendly bicyclists. The only problem is that I do not own a bike. Who does own a bike is the lucky gentleman I met at the O’Hare airport elevator when I found out I could not bring my bike on the plane (my bike shop told me I could bring it in unboxed). Christmas came early to him in the form of a donated bike. :)

    I moved to San Francisco with the goal of living more healthy and sustainable lifestyle. I also work in architecture, and have a strong and active interest in becoming more involved and knowledgeable in net zero, high-performance design. What better way to practice what you preach, and to serve as a role model to clients, friends and family.

    Being a proud owner of a Linus bicycle would be a dream come true and a very helpful step forward. It would also go well with my messenger bag that is made out of recycled fabrics and fishing nets. ;)

    Inhabitat and Linus – please help me “wiggle” my way onto The Wiggle towards a more active and sustainable lifestyle!
    http://instagram.com/p/bkf15zSuGy/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wiggle

    Thank you,
    Tim Z.

  13. villy kampouraki July 9, 2013 at 11:54 pm
  14. mj123 July 9, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I have written a poem I would like to enter in this competition:

    There once was a Linus bike called ‘Scout’
    With her blue frame, she really stood out
    When I saw her, I gave a shout!
    This bike was perfect for me, without a doubt!

    My favorite colour has always been blue
    my previous bike is just not the right hue!
    Green living is something I try to do
    And with this bike, carbon emissions will be few!

    Alas, I am a recent grad
    without a spare dollar to be had
    my old bike was left at University, very sad
    So the Scout would make me very glad :)

  15. margotjc July 9, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I have tried so many times to leave a comment to no avail…. HOW DO YOU LOG IN TO THIS?! I WOULD LIKE THIS BIKE.

  16. David Danenfelzer July 9, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Sweeeeeeeet!

  17. Gordon Steen July 9, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    My bike is 30 years old and won’t last much longer. If I am going to get rid of my car, I need a reliable bike.

  18. jmooday July 9, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    Dear Linus Bicycle,
    I think that you are beautiful. I have found that riding my bike is the only way I know how to keep the demons at bay. I ride everyday through the streets of Austin. Along the bike trails and through the parks. To and from work and over to see friends and neighbors. I use the basket to hold my produce from the farmers market, as well as the things i need for my in home acupuncture business.
    But i recently suffered the loss of my old and rusted bike.
    It was a terribly sad day, to find that broken chain and missing frame.
    But i can’t say, that it wasn’t time for a serious upgrade.
    Although, i wasn’t quite ready, and it has been very difficult to get to where i need to be. Especially, with only my two feet to take me.
    I miss being on two wheels and I would love to be able to ride again with your help. The Scout bike from Linus is exactly what i need to get off my feet and start whisking through the streets again. You are so very lovely and it would feel so nice to be able to ride around on such an exquisite frame. I hope, one day, that you will enter my life.
    Love,
    Jessica

  19. Laura Ross Laura Ross July 9, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I have 4 kids
    They all have bikes.
    We go all over
    They ride, I hikes.
    I trudge, I’m huffing, puffing, sore,
    My poor old dogs can’t take much more.

    The kids want Mom to get a bike.
    So I told them ’bout your game.
    I hope to win that bike of theirs.
    They said, “We hope the same.”
    They say, “Our mom wears out her shoes!”
    “She needs a bike on which to cruise!”

    I love your bike,
    It’s awesome, cool.
    On such a ride,
    I’d float to school.
    But seeing how it costs some Bennies,
    I’ve just been wearing out my tennies.

    The kids make time,
    They glide so smooth
    On roads throughout our city.
    Not so for me, I barely move.
    My legs so slow, “Have pity!”
    I’m just a mom, not cool or trendy.
    My kids, they’re my modus vivendi.

    So, thank you all, you guys at Linus,
    For listening to my ramble.
    So many’ve entered, I’m impressed.
    I know it is a gamble.
    But please, pick me, my kids, my team.
    A Linus is our dream.

  20. patrickryanlau July 9, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    What a beautiful bike! I can see myself cruising town with a grin on my face on that bad boy!

  21. Amy Thompson July 9, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    I NEED this beautiful Scout Bike(sob story…mine was stolen and I may never get to buy such a beautifully crafted one like this with all the awesome accessories)!
    I live in Missoula Montana http://www.destinationmissoula.org/ it has been deemed the ‘Garden City’ and is one of the ‘greenest’ places of Montana. I would love to ride around my home town, save the environment and show this pretty blue bike off (it matches my eyes!).

  22. jmooday July 9, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Dear Linus Bicycle,
    I think that you are beautiful. I have found that riding my bike is the only way I know how to keep the deamons at bay. I ride everyday through the streets of Austin. Along the bike trails and through the parks. To and from work and over to see friends and neighbors. I use the basket to hold my produce from the farmers market, as well as the things i need for my in home acupuncture business.
    But i recently suffered the loss of my old and rusted bike.
    It was a terribly sad day, to find that broken chain and missing frame.
    But i can’t say, that it wasn’t time for a serious upgrade.
    Although, i wasn’t quite ready, and it has been very difficult to get to where i need to be. Especially, with only my two feet to take me.
    I miss being on two wheels and I would love to be able to ride again with your help. The Scout bike from Linus is exactly what i need to get off my feet and start whisking through the streets again. You are so very lovely and it would feel so nice to be able to ride around on such an exquisite frame. I hope, one day, that you will enter my life.
    Love,
    Jessica

  23. Rebecca Pierce July 9, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    I need this bike because Washington is having an amazing streak of warm weather and I can’t think of a better way to enjoy it!

  24. jenebbles July 9, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I need this bike for my many adventures in the city of Chicago and Oak Park, IL! I find exploring via a stylish durable bike with my camera, fanny jam, my best friend and some snacks makes for a great adventure. Recently, I had to rent a bike, which is alright but I would have liked to ride it throughout the evening without having to worry about taking it back before the bike rental closed. I rode my rented bike with my very best friend, listened to some jams on our fanny jam and snapped photos of Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes in Oak Park, IL. This is just one of many adventures my best friend and I take-but usually we walk, this time we rode bikes and it made for one pleasant journey! Biking is good for the soul, friendship, and of course our lovely legs- so I need this bike to keep my legs fit, feed my soul and continue having great adventures with my best friend!

  25. akgv77 July 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    What a fantastic bike! Would love to ride this around my city!

  26. binchica July 9, 2013 at 3:12 pm

    Hello!
    My name is Sabina and I am from Rijeka, Croatia. However, I don’t live in my hometown since I am a student of university in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

    Ljubljana is well known for it’s green atittude; such as large bike tracks, enviromentally friendly buses, eco stores on every corner, organic growth in private gardens etc. It’s pretty much obvious when you Google it, that the city doesn’t act as a typical urban center, even though it is the capital of Slovenia.

    On the other side, my hometown is post communistic, typically industrial city. It has no respect for the any other vehicle in traffic, except for the car. People who try to ride a bike are considered as mad men. It is also something that is defined by the topography of the city; it is kind of steep city on the shore. Maybe like the mini-me version of San Francisco. So the majority opinion is against the bicycles in traffic.

    To get to the point;
    In Ljubljana, I own a bike and use it everyday. Even in winter time. I believe that’s great for you, your phisical and mental health and even better for enviroment you’re living in. That’s the philosophy I learned in Ljubljana and I would love to share it even in the smallest parts with my hometown Rijeka. Unfortunately, because of the travel issues, I can’t carry my bike with me that easily.
    I believe Rijeka has great potential to improve itself in the “green” aspect of everyday living and starting with bike example could make a point.

    Such a stylish bycicle as Linus Scout would firstly impress people by it’s looks (cause it’s look so charmingly great) and then with the function itself.
    After all, good looking things become popular faster. This time that works as a positive fact I suppose.

    So, I am not sayin that you should supply Rijeka with around 200 000 bicycles (that’s the number of inhabitants), but if you provide me one sample I could try to make a trend and we could gradually turn things green! And my Rijeka could become more green too! And more fashionable ofc ;)

    Cheers from Croatia
    Sabina :)

  27. Estella Cummings ecummings July 9, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    AMBER ALERT: HELP ORNEN THE IMMORTAL MUTT FIND THE LOST COLONY –
    An Urgent Request for a Bicycle

    Ornen the Immortal Mutt has a supernatural sense of smell and an uncanny knack for finding lost important objects. Car keys, wallets, rebellious runaway teenagers, mounds of treasure hidden long back by pirates evading the law, rawhide bones he buried himself under the dogwood tree in your backyard just to prove that he could find them again after years of decay….Remember that time America’s Most Wanted was excavated out of a ditch in a middle-eastern desert? You think the CIA was behind that? Yeah, no. That was Ornen (shhhh, don’t tell).

    However, Ornen the Immortal Mutt has a problem. You see, about 500 years ago, Ornen’s lover Sir Walter Collie was abruptly beheaded by her royal canineness Queen Elizabitch I after he refused to sit and stay during a contentious game of truth or Virginia Dare. Impulsively seeking vengeance, Ornen took Queen Elizabitch’s favorite colony and hid it. It was meant as a harmless and temporary prank, but Ornen can’t for the life of himself remember where he put it!

    He has searched everywhere… beneath rocks and under mounds of dirt and in abandoned kayaks and between the grooves of Jockey’s Ridge, Killing Devils and beheading rabid Nags and escaping the tendrils of his flying feline arch-nemesis, the Kitty Hawk, along the way. But alas, none of this has proven wRight. After 500 years of searching, all Ornen the Immortal Mutt has unearthed is a gnawed moccasin, fossilized paw prints, the soiled left corner of a British flag and long-expired food stamps issued to a certain “Ananais”.

    Ornen has no means of transportation other than his own four legs, and he is getting tired! He would have given up hope a long time ago if Estella the Badass Brazilian Babe hadn’t agreed to help him out.

    Every night, Estella the Badass Brazilian Babe (who arm-wrestles sharks in her spare time FOR FUN, by the way) dreams of carrying on her and Ornen’s search for the Lost Colony on the wheels of a shiny new bicycle. She can almost picture it: Ornen will sit in the front basket with his tongue lolled out and his head immersed in the sweet, salty wind. The sun will tickle her (croa-) tanned body as she cruises between dunes and cypress trees, synchronizing her peddle strides with the pace of the gulls.

    Together, they will find the misplaced origins of this magical place that they have both, though separated from their own native colonies, grown to call home. And, once Ornen and Estella find the Lost Colony, not only will the Killed Devil Hills and the Kitty Hawks and the Nags Heads be able to reside side by side in peace, but the area might even get national media attention!

    And that, my friends, is why it would be within your best interests to give a bicycle to the Outer Banks’ own superheroes in the making, Ornen the Immortal Mutt and Estella the Badass Brazilian Babe!

    Links:

    to my pictures about the story above:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200727122034780&set=pcb.10200727179716222&type=1&relevant_count=3

    to the actual “The Lost Colony” play:
    http://www.outerbanks.org/outerbanks-the-lost-colony/

    to the place where this story takes place: Outer Banks of North Carolina – Land of First Flight (Wilbur and Orville Wright….remember….)!

    And to everyone,

    Thank you for reading!

  28. Violina Ivanova July 9, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving, has said Albert Einstein.
    https://plus.google.com/102815223155179937120/posts

    As my first year of Quantum and Cosmical Theoretical Physics major has taught me, is how mechanics work. Put a person on a bicycle and they become the most efficient creature on Earth. No other living thing can expend so little energy for so much self-powered travel.

    I would definitely use this bike to get to the physics lab, since relativity still can’t seem to help me teleport from one point to another.

    And as we ride a bicycle we do it to improve our mind, to improve our character and it brings us into a state of peace where we can understand, that the point of life is simply here and now. The journey itself is the point, the ride itself – is the point.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=151584111702271&set=a.130499500477399.1073741833.100005520494497&type=1&theater

  29. annettellieu July 9, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Just me and my bike, travelling to places that I’ve never explored.

  30. hegee123 July 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    Oh, I would so very much love this bike. I would let it wisk me away nightly for exercise, relaxation and to enjoy these beautiful summer evenings. At the moment all I have is a helmet…and although it is good for protecting my noggin, I am definitely missing the cool breeze and smooth ride. I daydream about the basket holding fresh veggies from the farmers market, or a picnic lunch and blanket for the park. Oh, the places I would go…if I only had a bike! Here is a pic of me dreaming of wheels, a frame and a comfy seat! https://plus.google.com/u/0/103454716794698664549/posts

  31. Jade Dressler July 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Dear Linus,
    YOU ARE TALKING TO LINUS’S BEST BRAND AMBASSADOR IN NYC.

    Without this bike…I am already a big brand fan! Last year, I wrote on my blog post about biking in NYC and urban gardens, a breathless accolade plus an image of the bike and a link to Linus:

    “Of course, in true NYC fashion, the bikes will come from Linus, known for hip vintage style designs.”

    http://jadedressler.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/ideas-in-the-air/

    As a stylish and connected PR gal who LOVES biking and has written many times about urban biking on my blog, in Paris, in Miami and NYC…well, I need this bike because:

    THINK OF HOW MUCH I WILL TALK ABOUT IT WHEN I HAVE IT!!!

    I write for Metropolis magazine, am active on social media, I direct an international brand called: Slow Luxury and am all about quality and responsible design. My clients are all about art, design, green, luxury and urban renewal.

    I AM YOUR LINUS BIKE POSTER CHILD!

    I will fashionably and responsibly ride this all over NYC.

    I could send you many pictures, but this one, just posted on my Twitter feed, is a brand photo after scaling the Queensboro bridge on a bike, gives you a hint of LIFFE to come for my Linus bike and YOU!

    Around the world with bikes and talking about it:
    Paris and bikes:
    http://jadedressler.wordpress.com/2009/03/02/paris-2/
    Miami, Art Basel and bikes:
    http://www.metropolismag.com/Point-of-View/December-2011/Better-Art-for-Better-Living/

    I am headed to Marrakech this Fall with a video crew, would love to bring that pretty blue bike with me!
    Many thanks! Jade Dressler

    here’s a brand-love sample image:
    https://twitter.com/PlantMe

  32. Christina Alexander Christina Alexander July 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I don’t really have a creative reason for wanting to win this bike other than, I do not have one and I would love one to get around. There is nothing better than spending time in nature and what better way than biking! It would be a good way for me to continue to get healthy and I know my son would absolutely love riding around with me. It would also be an amazing way to teach him the value of being outside and being active. Thank you for your consideration and good luck to everyone :)

  33. welzmo July 9, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Awesome bike. I need it.

  34. baker_robert@hotmail.com July 9, 2013 at 11:46 am

    For my 16 year old daughter. She is looking for her first non-babysitting job and wants to be able to bike to work. We were just trying bikes out last night and today I saw this.
    RNB.

  35. Robin Suzanne July 9, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Meet my bicycle, Maxine…
    She’s cranky, slow to start, reluctant to change gears and sluggish on the uphill, which forces me to dismount and lead her along dangling a carrot just out of reach. She hates the rain and in her anxiety to return to her warm, dry stable, she refuses to stop at street corners; a trait that makes my hair gray and gives my heart an unpleasant thrill. Her kickstand needs Viagra, her brakes are tired, her tires are flaking and her skin has a terminal rust condition.

    I was born on the wrong side of the baby boom, so I know I’m much older than Maxine, and we both show our years, but Maxine is due for some major surgery, which would result in basically a new bike.

    That is not an option on my “fixed” income. “Fixed income” in my case, is something of an oxymoron, as there is little about it that is “fixed.” It is more like “broken income.”

    I have a lock, but even when I forget to use it, oddly, the bicycle thieves pass her by. Perhaps they realize that under that rust beats the heart of a beast that knows it is my only mode of transportation. More likely, they see no value in the dear old rust-bucket.

    Maxine struggles valiantly on, but she needs to retire to a tropical isle, kick back on the beach and smile as the cabana boys deliver her an icy Mai Tai. But Maxine must soldier on unless the lovely Scout could come to live with me. Scout’s baskets will be a welcome addition for grocery shopping. And I promise to feed her milk and cookies and let her sleep with the dog.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=535362126510927&set=a.172570692790074.34596.100001114322911&type=1&relevant_count=1

  36. Lau July 9, 2013 at 11:19 am

    This might mark the end of my BYOB – bring your own Bike ! – story across the globe ! Wonderful !

  37. emc1993 July 9, 2013 at 9:45 am

    I have been on the hunt for a bike as simply beautiful as the Linus Scout! I am a nursing student in Boston, and going from class to the hospital would be so much easier and enjoyable on a bike such as this! Also, its incredibly stylish, and I could use a little more style in my life :)

    It is my birthday as well, 20 years old today! :) Thank you!

  38. waganari July 9, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Six of us are doing an epic bike trip this summer! We’re riding from Victoria, BC to Vancouver via the Lochside Trail, ferry and multiple buses and bike routes. Then we’re loading up our wheels on the Amtrak and heading down to Portland for three days of biking bliss! We’ve already purchased the Portland Riding Guide, and happen to be there during the food cart festival :) Leading up to this amazing adventure, we’ve been practicing group rides (with breaks at the local pub) and increased our overall ridership, including commuting to work and even the gym. Two of us have either sold our vehicle or taken the insurance off. Only problem is – we’re short one bike. Oh, the sights and stories the Scout would see…

  39. Daniel Gregory July 9, 2013 at 8:26 am

    the winter is still here in the patagonia, with the whales just a few km away waiting to be visited by all the nature lovers of the world. the roads are just right to ride with the new linus bike when the sun rises over the horizon and shines on the sea revealing the wonders of this area!

  40. Sharan Izvansvakekontrole July 9, 2013 at 7:19 am

    DO you know why I haven’t signed this before? You don’t? Because I’m late. And do you know why I’m late? Because I’m fat. Fattie McFattson. Yup. Have that belly swinging from side to side, all day and all the night.

    So why do I need this bike? Because I need to get off my lazy ass and go riding. If I don’t win, I’ll turn into a blob and the destiny of this planet is uncertain.

    So, Inhabitat editors… if you wake up tomorrow, breatless and inside a giant mass of skin and belly hair, you’ve been crushed by a blob and you gave this beautiful bike to a wrong person.

    In the words of holy Dirty Harry – Make my day. :)

  41. jane ryan July 9, 2013 at 6:30 am

    I need a bike to ride with my 10 year old grandson. I got him a bike for Christmas by saving over the months. He does not yet know how to ride a bike. He has Asperger’s (high end autism) and it has been insinuated to him that he may not be able to learn. This just can’t be true. I have offered him $20 in ‘allowance’ to learn; he has been doing many chores for me and this is the final one.

    The entire household has planned to line up and down the street. We will run with him on his bike until we reach the next person. In this way he will be able to stay up and learn to keep his balance while pedaling. We are just waiting for a cool day soon when everyone is home.

    The last obstacle is the fact that Stephen will not be allowed to ride his bicycle around the neighborhood alone. I will either take him to a park or get a bike and ride with him. Hence, my submission to your contest. Thank you.

  42. crateive July 9, 2013 at 5:16 am

    You should give it to my future wife Julia because… we’re getting married in a month time and we could ride it together to the ceremony. Because she loves classic bikes. Because she loves good design. Because apparently ‘we never win at anything’. Because we recently had to sell everything we own to finance our honeymoon and this would be a nice bounce-back. Because even though it seems impossible, she might love me even more for entering her into this competition.

  43. Catherine Coffey July 9, 2013 at 4:37 am

    I have big dreams about changing the world. We all do, I suppose. Mine have mostly to do with saving the planet.

    I’m tired of dodging unsustainable habits, choosing the lesser evil, and spending my precious breath on damage control when it feels like my efforts may never bear fruit. I can be patient. If I know my actions will preserve and rebalance what remains of our sacred Earth’s waning vitality, I’ll be satisfied, even if I don’t get to see the results in my lifetime.

    One of my recurring fantasies is to disappear with my family into the wilderness and never come back. It’s so tempting. The allure of severing ties with mainstream society, nevermore to contribute to the problems that come with a wildly consumerist world, almost sweeps me away. Almost.

    Practicality and comfort aside, I realize this isn’t feasible. It’s too late. It wouldn’t be enough to merely remove ourselves from the scene. Our participation has taken its toll. Now it’s time for us to reverse that.

    Our new Linus Scout will do much to aid my family in saving Mother Earth. For starters, it will:

    1. #GREENMYRIDE
    2. Act as a test component of manual- and pedal-powered machine design.
    3. Tow our son in his trailer (that has yet to meet the rear hub of a bicycle).
    4. Haul materials for building our collective backyard CSA.
    5. Deliver veggies from CSA to farmers’ market.
    6. Radiate transcendental beauty.
    7. Build confidence.
    8. Move earth.
    9. Inspire.
    10. Educate.
    11. Carry saplings.
    12. Boldly go where no bike has gone before.

    And then there are homebuilding materials like this to haul:
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=560475707328229&set=a.463405973701870.99294.463008910408243&type=1&theater

    Let’s do this thing! Together, we will halt the off-balance, rusty old bone shaker nose-diving through our gentle planet at breakneck speed.

    Gratefully yours,
    Catherine Coffey

  44. jboccia jboccia July 9, 2013 at 3:46 am

    At 16, I began to attend an early liberal arts college in the mountains of Massachusetts. I currently suffer from a knee injury, and after a year of climbing up a steep hill to get to my dorm room everyday, I need a way to get around that will be easier on my knee. As a student, I cannot afford a car, and hope to acquire a bike before I return to school in the fall. This cruiser would be perfect for me to commute to my classes! It even comes with a rear basket I could use to store my supplies. Apart from school, I would appreciate it as a great way of exercising while enjoying the outdoors and making campus feel less isolating. My knee pain used to hold me back from being adventurous, but I believe this bike will help to strengthen the muscles I need to recover. I am grateful for this opportunity. Please consider me! :)

  45. servi July 9, 2013 at 3:43 am

    I need this bike because “she is” a bike!

  46. deepak telang July 9, 2013 at 3:38 am

    I am a resident of India and I am badly fad up with the pollution here. Now A Days I am suffering from Congestion which will effect my health. If I try to educate people they wont understand or comment ” charity starts from home”. So I want to start using cycle to go to my office for both purpose i.e health and keep earth green.

  47. Ala Janbek July 9, 2013 at 3:15 am

    a boy once told me “if you ride fast enough, your sorrow cant catch you. you will find me. you will find yourself. you will be in a magical place”
    even if it only lasts seconds, it is worth it.
    it is…. magic!

  48. madural July 9, 2013 at 2:48 am

    If you #GREENMYRIDE then you will need to ship it from wherever it is made to the distribution centre and then to me (or the chosen winner). That is an estimated way too much carbon. Still, it is a lovely bike and so I challenge @linusbikes and @inhabitat to sponsor the winner a dollar per km ride until the carbon footprint is offset.

  49. Cristina Petrea July 9, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Because I can`t keep up on foot with my 3 year old boy who moves like the wind on his balance bike, no pedals and soon he will upgrade to “grown-ups like” bike. I will definitely have to be a model for him in this quest. Last, but not least, I am an architect and I love minimalism and retro touch.
    Cristina

  50. gr8chefmb July 9, 2013 at 2:18 am

    OMIGOSH!!! I would so love to win this bicycle! I was one of those ‘late bloomers’ when it came to learning how to ride a bike. I think I was in 5th grade when I finally got the hang of it…LOLOLOL!!! From that point on, you couldn’t hardly get me off that bike. I biked all over the place, even at college and after I moved into my first apartment. Somehow, along life’s journey, I quit biking. I also lost myself and my way in life, too. It was not a coincidence. I used to be a vibrant, self confident, active, involved individual. A lot of the erosion of me is self-induced from bad decisions and poor choices; some of it is just due to circumstances beyond my control. When I was a kid, I was so active and such a scrawny thing. Unfortunately, these days, I am an overweight middle-aged woman on various meds. You can see me through the ages in the pix collage posted on Instagram [http://instagram.com/p/biGF80H-8h/]. August 31, 2013 will mark the third year anniversary since I attempted to end my life. Thankfully, I survived and I have gotten help. During the first few months of recovery, I was given a copy of ‘Eat Love Pray’ as a gift. Reading about the protagonist’s struggles touched me because I could relate to how she felt at times. I have also gotten inspiration from one of my most favourite drummers in the whole world, Neil Peart, legendary drummer for Canadian poower trio RUSH. He has written a series of articles and books about his travels on both bicycle and motorcycle. The book from which I took the most inspiration is entitled ‘Ghost Rider.’ The narrative covers the tragedy of his only daughter dying in a car accident, and then nearly a year later, his wife passes away from cancer. He didn’t know what to do with himself so he hopped on his motorcycle for a 55,000 mile journey spanning three continents to help him deal with his two losses. This trip took almost 5 years before he felt ready to resume working with the band. I want to travel like Liz and Neil to find myself and to regain my vibrancy and all the qualities that made me ME! I want to get I to shop to take cycling vacations through parts of the world I have always wanted to see. Of course, as out of shape as I am, I would need to start out slow by biking around my neighborhood, and then working up to out of the city. Winning this bike would help me in this endeavor; it most definitely would NOT be wasted on me. To get an idea of trips I would love take with my new bike, visit my Pinterest boards [http://pinterest.com/gr8chefmb/] (especially the bucket travel list and the American Tourist boards.) to get a feel for all the places I want to see. I really, really hope I am lucky enough to win this. I need something to happen for me, please.

  51. Audrey Fletcher July 9, 2013 at 2:15 am

    I need to win this bike because I have worked for 2 years to loss weight. I have gone from 307 to 165. I am now at the pivot point of my weight lose and need the bike to get more exercise to help the pounds to continue to come off! I would never be able to afford a nice beautiful bike like this one but sure would love to have it!! I would really like to send a picture to my family in PA of me riding this bike and another 40 lbs lighter!! I am 58 years old, a care giver for my mom, a mother and a grandmother who wants to be healthy so I can watch my grandson growing up. I work as a teachers aide the Special Ed Dept. And I want to keep the kids thinking I am younger than I am!! They see me around town now but, if they saw me on this really cool bike it would help keep the image alive!! Thank you for having the give away!

  52. never July 9, 2013 at 1:22 am

    I’m a disabled mother of two — a nearly 13 year old daughter and an 11 week old son — and I need an easily accessible low-impact form of exercise I can do with my kids in tow (one of them literally). My daughter received a new bike for her birthday last July that she’s barely used because I was not only dealing with my mobility issues, but had become pregnant as well.

    Now it’s summer, and my body is charged for a change. I may never be able to dance or run again, but I can swim and I can BIKE.

    With this bicycle, my daughter and I could ride around the nearby park with each other with the baby sitting snug on me in his carrier, or my partner could spend some father-son time while my daughter and I hit the road for an hour.

    Here are my joyous, inspiring children:

    https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/21357_10151490562863059_1579648969_n.jpg

  53. b1285 July 9, 2013 at 12:50 am

    I like bikes and am looking for a more modern, classy ride than I have now. A Linus Bike would be perfect.

  54. Wendy Gabriel July 9, 2013 at 12:31 am

    The last new bike I had was a gift from my parents when I went to college… which was a veeery long time ago (trust me)! And my youngest daughter just learned how to ride a two wheeler so it would be awesome to have a new bike so I could keep up with her!

  55. Glen DaSilva Glen DaSilva July 8, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    this Scout bike would be a perfect gift for a very special woman, who needs some freedom this summer. their bikes remind me of a photo I took in Paris in June – check it out here:

    https://plus.google.com/u/0/108920152681575651592/posts/G9NiVQDxNuv

    this bike would make a woman very happy, and just giving the gift is enough of a prize for me.

  56. madie49 July 8, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    This ‘ride’ would be a good thing for me, for the environment, for my fitness, for my mental health. It is known exercise reduces stress and bike riding would allow green travel and fitness all ‘rolled into one’ (every pun intended). Thanks for the offer no matter the winner!

  57. davidmishler davidmishler July 8, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    On July 1982, my newly married parents left their tiny Upper West Side apartment and moved out to the Jersey suburbs. Shortly after settling into the new house, my dad went to the local bike shop. Having spent his childhood in the suburbs, he was well aware of the simple pleasures of easy riding through the quiet suburban streets. A silver Schwinn Le Tour with red lettering caught his eye. He was soon out the door with his brand new bicycle. After a few good years of solo rides, my brother and I were born – and so, he happily installed a child’s seat on the back, and to this day likes to remind us that he “began taking us on bike rides as soon as we could support the weight of our heads.” I have so many great memories on the back of that bike – the way the wind felt when I stretched out my hands, closing my eyes and resting my big yellow helmet against his back, and most notably catcalling a group of nuns, saying “Woo woo, check it out!” as we glided past them. While my first attempts to hit on women were a bit misguided, you have to appreciate my gumption.

    Flash forward over 30 years and thousands of logged miles – I’m now an adult living in Manhattan. I need a bicycle to commute to work, and my dad generously donated me his Schwinn. While it had been meticulously maintained all of these years, it encountered many problems adjusting to city life. I’ve been to countless repair shops, changed tires and tubes, and religiously monitored the tire pressure, but nothing I do seems to help. While I’m going to be sad to see her go, I’ve come to the realization that this old Schwinn deserves to retire where she came from – back out in the suburbs.

    A brand new Linus bike is exactly what I need for my city commute. I promise to look after her as dutifully as my dad did for his Schwinn, and can only hope that one day my child will have memories as fond as mine.

    Click the link to watch a short Super 8 clip of my dad on his Schwinn Le Tour: http://youtu.be/7hBQXbFTpe8

  58. vulcanessa July 8, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I have been in love with Linus bikes since I first saw one a few years ago. I live just a couple of miles from the Venice shop so I see them almost daily. They are truly the prettiest bikes ever and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to own one! I bike to work every day, I bike to the farmer’s market, to friend’s houses and just about everywhere. I am on my bike everyday! But I had a bike and couldn’t justify buying a new one. Well, I woke up just a few days ago, on June 2nd, to find my bike stolen from our parking garage. The lock was cut and the bike was gone. That same day, my friend posted this contest on my FB page. Maybe it was meant to be!
    So this is my plea… I need a new bike so badly. I can’t live without a bike. And I would be the greatest representative for Inhabitat and Linus and the best friend for my bike! I’ll fill my basket with only the most beautiful organic local produce. I’ll take her out for joy rides along the bike path. I’ll ride her to a beach clean-up and of course to work. I’ll treat my bike with love and respect. I’ve even made space in my living room so my new bike can’t get stolen from my garage again.
    I took a few photos of my week without a bike. I hope I don’t have to continue my bike-less life.
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153011698945188&set=a.10152019469405188.902747.643395187&type=1&theater
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153009476280188&set=a.10152019469405188.902747.643395187&type=1&theater
    I tweeted them too: https://twitter.com/GreenGrlNxtDoor/status/353619287967145984/photo/1 & https://twitter.com/GreenGrlNxtDoor/status/353275846888398849/photo/1
    Yes, my Twitter handle is GreenGrlNxtDoor. Isn’t the green girl next door the perfect girl for this bike?!
    Oh please won’t you make me the happiest girl in the world? Won’t you be my bike?

  59. sarahmama July 8, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    This mom’s ride is in rough shape! We’re calling it the one-brake wonder since the last time we went to take my preschoolers out in the bike trailer and discovered the brake one one side was completely missing! (Fortunately, we hadn’t gotten far!). We love our rides to the park, and would love to #greenOURride so we can get out on the trails again soon! My youngest was happy to pose with my current, not-so-rideable ride for a twitter pic: https://mobile.twitter.com/sarahmama/status/354418184528482304

  60. Amber Amber July 8, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I’m going to ECSU for a degree in environmental earth science and I work three miles from where I live. This is the perfect bike for a small town car-less commuter. The Linus scout with the rack and metal basket would be perfect for getting to school, grabbing groceries at the co-op and just enjoying nature and getting exercise.

  61. Mrs. Ragaisis July 8, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Oh I would sooooo LOVE to win the Beautiful new Linus bike!!! I am an environmental science teacher and my bike that I use to get to work is on its last legs! I use the Inhabitat articles in my lesson plans all the time and my students would be thrilled to see me biking to school on a shinny new Linus bike I won through an Inhabitat contest!! Pick me!! Pick me!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  62. cleorenee July 8, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    I need a bike so that I can exercise more that I can have a healthy weight.

  63. Tamatha Hunter July 8, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    we are a one car family right now and the hubby is on call 24/7 that leaves me walking to work some mornings, not too bad when it isnt that hot but it is getting way to hot/humid to do so.

  64. b2 July 8, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    In 1970 I rode a bike every day to my first job. Things have changed a lot in the couple of weeks from then ’till now. We’ve all become smarter. I want to go back to commuting smarter. I want to ride to work on something that does not mess with the environment.

  65. phil95 July 8, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I sending this comment on behalf of my wife, Diane. I could use all sorts of photo shop, instagram, facebook hocus pocus wonderful things to describe how cool she would look on the bike but the real reason is she would absolutely love the \”Linus Scout\” so that she can ride it to work.
    We live in Tauranga N.Z. which is situated on the most beutiful coastline with a white sand beach 20km long. The city is relatively flat and the City have installed bikeways and special bike lanes on the roads so ideal for biking.
    I am an Architect here and she works at \”Matisse Furniture where she sells classic european designer furniture.
    I reckon she would look so cool riding to work and having a \”classic\” Linus parked outside the showroom each day would top it off.
    Fingers and Toes crossed.

    Phil Green
    Diane Hume-Green
    Tauranga
    NEW ZEALAND

  66. Marcia Obsniuk July 8, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    They say the Linus Scout Bike is for everyone! I know it is for me! ….I just downsized and moved 2 blocks away from my work office in Willow Glen. The tree lined streets of downtown Willow Glen offer a small-town feel nestled in the city of San Jose that I just love. I am trying hard to localize my world and it is a great place to do just that!
    It has been an interesting transition for me, going from uber consumer that drives and buys from all the big box stores to walking to the drug store, dry cleaners and coffee shop.
    What I need next is to expand my social and consumer range. The Scout with the very cool basket is perfect to go to the Farmer’s Market!

    And I need that rear rack to strap on a pile of books from my favorite Hicklebee’s Book.http://pinterest.com/pin/191754896604180190/
    The great thing about this bike is that even if I don’t win it is sold at the local bike store-
    http://willowglenbicycles.com/

    I got my legs crossed hoping to win and ready to ride!

  67. irisdale22 July 8, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Almost 61,need to move this body !

  68. rtascher July 8, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Because my mom is riding the same 3-speed folding bike that she’s had since the early ’70s, and 15 years ago when we wanted to get her a new bike we pressured her into trying out my wife’s mountain bike, because we thought she could handle it, except it turned out that she couldn’t, and we should have known better, but we didn’t, and the result was a broken wrist for my mom, and months of rehab, and a remaining lifetime of reduced strength and mobility in her wrist, and 15 years of guilt, so far, for my wife and me (for a total of 30 years worth of guilt, and counting, in case you’re counting), not that my mom ever blamed us for even a second, which, of course, only serves to make the guilt that much more soul wrenching.

    Also, this bike is just like the bikes that my mom used to ride in Germany when she visited her sister, and she has never once fallen off of those bikes, nor broken any bones or suffered any type of injury, so the sight of such a bike would immediately instill her with confidence and joy, and it would be wonderful to create joy for my mom, because she is awesome, and I love her.

  69. bomt July 8, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    currently I’m working a full-time job about 12 miles from my apt. being that i work mornings i cannot take the bus (doesn’t start running til 6.) so i typically end up taking either a cab or waking up 2 hours early to jog/walk. then in the afternoons i make pizzas about two miles in the other direction from my apt. so needless to say a bike would make my life a whole lot easier… right now i don’t have to money for one since saving to go to UW Fox Valley in the fall. Also I refuse to ever buy a car solely in protest off “big oil.”

  70. Asim July 8, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    I wonder how I was living without this bike but now I will understand after having a bike how to save fuel to save .Easy and healthier lifestyle .

  71. vanessamond July 8, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    I want to stay car free as I have been for the last 15 years! But I just moved into a hilly neighborhood and my no speed bike can’t hack the heights. I have been noticing the Linus bikes on the streets because they look great. Now after reading about them I know that it’s not only looks, they are also the perfect bike in every other way- I would be thrilled to be the proud owner of one!

  72. dotsmith July 8, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    My boyfriend’s bike was stolen from my carport not too long ago. He has to drive for work(he’s a carpenter), but it would be nice for him to have a bike to ride on the weekends with me. He’s an avid soccer player, however he has been unable to play because of a broken metatarsal-having a bicycle would be a great substitute for running until his foot feels better. Plus, this would make an excellent belated birthday present for him!

  73. loveyrox July 8, 2013 at 5:54 pm

    Hey there ;) I am a graduate architecture student taking a summer design studio in my city’s downtown which is currently exploring redevelopment initiatives and planning for a sustainable future. What better way to encourage the presence of bikes as a means of transportation than riding through the streets on an awesome city commuter like the Linus Scout! Yep! I’d make bike commuting look so fun people will be stopping me left and right asking where I got my superb set of wheels.

    I had not heard of LINUS BIKES before but Oh My!..~swoon, I am now in love with these bikes! Everything you could possibly want in an sweet 2-wheeled ride! :) My current commute to architecture school involves hauling lots of gear: laptop/books/supplies so I imagine how nice it would be to have a basket to lighten my backpack, enjoy the commute, & let the breeze blow through my hair..

    My husband & I are insanely loving bikes these days and are motivated by opportunities to live a healthy sustainable lifestyle in our home, within our community, and for future architectural practice. My husband [architect] designed a bike which was featured on Inhabitat here:
    http://inhabitat.com/levitation-bike-hovers-above-the-ground-generates-electricity-and-acts-as-a-mobile-hot-spot/

  74. christine m tubbytelly July 8, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Hubby rides for fun and to save gas.
    He grew up riding, I didn’t. I never had a bike of my own.
    My son loves to ride with Hubby and is always asking if I could come along.
    A beautiful bike from Linus would go a long way to making my son’s wish come true.
    This is not for me, it is for them.
    Thank you.

  75. rymood July 8, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    I bike everyday to work and school but my ride is always in need of some kind of fixing (new crank, chain, shifters…). Been dreaming about a rear rack for quite some time. Oh, and I love Inhabitat!

  76. bb_mke July 8, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I could REALLY use a bike for short trips to the store and such.

  77. Babs De Brabander July 8, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    The sun is out, the weather is warm, and the days are longer than ever — and pedaling around town on a brand new bicycle is the best way to savor all that summer has to offer !

    THIS IS EXCACTLY WHY I WOULD LIKE TO WIN THE LINUS BIKE & because I especialy want to make every day Earth Day.

  78. pkeyrich July 8, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I would like this bike because it will be a great means of helping me improve my health by being a substantial part of my rehab process since having quad-bypass surgery. It will also allow me to do local shopping more easily, since my car hasn’t been the most reliable.

  79. Kahina Ferreira July 8, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Besides using my byke everywhere i go so i can be in the lists of the people who are trying to save our little Earth, it’s my daily exercise but since it got broken, i’m no longer helping nor giving a good example for my comunity here in Luanda-Angola, and it’s really hard to go around with the very bad public transport we have. So here’s my daily eco-ride when i had a bycicle https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151581085628371&set=o.200319096658379&type=1&theater. From my house to university, from my house to work as an architect’s assistant, from my house to my girl place, from my house to the beach… So you can imagine how stressful my life became without my bike. With the speedy city life, there’s noway i have time to do exercises. Riding my bike was the best thing and i would like to have it again.
    Me and some friends from the university created a group called green ideas but in portuguese “ideias verdes”, check it out https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ideias-Verdes/471571562929654?fref=ts
    We are on the journey to change people’s attitude, our theme and concept is 5 R’s (Rethink, Reuse, Reject, Reduce and Recycle), and we’re doing everything we can to make the planet a beter place to be here in Angola.

  80. Couchsurfingcook July 8, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    As a food blogger (http://www.couchsurfingcook.com – Twitter: couchsurfngcook – FB: couchsurfingcook) who recently returned from bicycling through much of Asia on a recumbent, I would be thrilled beyond words to continue my world travels to Africa and South America gliding in comfort on the Linus Scout. For while the recumbent has its advantages, the pleasure of sitting upright to see the open road as it stretches before me, stepping comfortably through the durable Hi Tensile steel frame, while wearing my baggy ankara pants, bought seaside along the quay in Dar as Salam, ensuring no mud dirties my clothes – due to the bike’s ingenious enclosed crank and fenders – and comfortably carrying my market-bought cassava and okra back to my CouchSurfing host to prepare a tasty, authentic evening meal in the authentic rear wire basket is one I’ve been waiting to experience! And, should I be so fortunate to win this Linus Scout, I can guarantee that this durable bicycle will get to see more countries in a year than many other rides get to have in their entire lifetimes. Thank you for considering CouchSurfing Cook for this awesome prize. Wylie G.

  81. Rosalind Rogoff July 8, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    Thirty-four years ago I lost 110 lbs., dropping from 299 to 190. I had not ridden a bike in several decades but when I was light enough for a bike to hold me I bought one that looked a lot like the one you are giving away. I also subscribed to cycling magazines and got on the mailing list for cycling organizations.

    One letter came from an organization called “Rails to Trails.” They were converting old railroad tracks to bike paths. That sounded like a good thing to me so I sent them some money. One project was to convert the old Southern Pacific Railroad tracks in Walnut Creek, Ca. to a bicycle path called the Iron Horse Trail.

    Sixteen years ago I moved to San Ramon, Ca. for a job and bought a house across the creek from the Iron Horse Trail. Now I look out my back window and watch cyclists riding by.

    While I watched other people cycling, I was gaining back the weight I lost. I went up to 280 and dropped back down to 220. So now I’m just about the upper weight limit for a new bike.

    I don’t know why you show such skinny people in your photos. Maybe they are skinny because they ride a bike. I’d like to lose at least lose another 50 lbs. and get down to 170. At 280 I was morbidly obese. At 220 I am merely obese. If I dropped to 170 I’d be merely fat and for me fat is thin.

  82. claudiasimages July 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I live and work out of a solar-equipped, water-storing, self-contained 178sq ft rolling micro home (self built) named Daisy. Mission: to prove that tiny footprints and sustainable living is not just possible, its fun!! And it\\\’s a great way to connect with neighbours and local community. A tidy commuter bike would be just the ticket for riding to work and for urban photo safaris!
    (age: 45, occupation: teacher, passion: photography)

  83. claudiasimages July 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    I live and work out of a solar-equipped, water-storing, self-contained 178sq ft rolling micro home (self built) named Daisy. Mission: to prove that tiny footprints and sustainable living is not just possible, its fun!! And it\’s a great way to connect with neighbours and local community. A tidy commuter bike would be just the ticket for riding to work and for urban photo safaris!
    (age: 45, occupation: teacher, passion: photography)

  84. Rebecka Evans July 8, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    I would love this bike. I need it for my sanity actually. Having 2 toddlers (3.5 y/o boy, 19month old girl) leaves a mom tired and little time for me. My mountain bike is old, ugly and really really heavy. did I mention ugly? I would love to be able to ride this bike to work for me time and to get back my pre kid figure. ah so nice that would be. I dream of a classic, sexy bike that I can commute on, carry my stuff (thanks to that nifty rear rack and such a dreamy front basket to gather goods from the many cambridge/boston farmers markets. Oh and those 2 little ones are expensive-so lots of limits on fun stuff for me!! pretty please. or as my little one would say “Peas Mine!?

  85. Darlene Dunlap July 8, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    I have been working very hard to lose weight. I have lost 60lbs in the last year and have 70lbs to go. I have been walking for exercise this past year but am bored with it and foot issues have sidelined me a quite a bit – It hurts to walk and I look like Red Foxx when I do. I firmly believe that the weight will slowly creep back on with no exercise. Not only would a new bike allow me to exercise pain-free, but I\’ll look great doing it. Picture me on this bike with sunglasses and a scarf wrapped around my head – ala Audrey Hepburn. I will be simply fabulous! Come on, don\’t you want to be a part of my fat ugly dumpling to beautiful swan transformation? I thought you would! ;)

  86. jmilton July 8, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    I have ridden my bicycle to work for 35 years. I use my car very sparingly, and I have put 17,000 miles on it in the 12 years since I inherited it from my father. My bike, an old Schwinn Varsity, has seen much better days and is close to giving up the ghost. A new bike with rack and basket would allow me to cut out most of the rest of my trips around town by car.

  87. Elle Anonna July 8, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Oh my! I just moved to Cali from NY and feel like an outsider without an amazing bike like this one. I would LoVE to show that beauty off on the streets of my neighborhood, Normal Heights! But really, the best feature would be adding the basket on front to ride with my elderly rescue cat Bailey-Claire who was discarded by her previous owner despite being the most loving beautiful being ever! i’m not a crazy cat lady (ok, maybe a little) but i just adore this little soul who has given our family so much joy. She was always an outside girl and this will let her have the chance to get the wind in her whiskers on the way to the beach, for the last few months/years of her life. ^..^<

  88. baystray July 8, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    This would be perfect for my wife. After a rather difficult pregnancy forced her to rest a lot, she is really looking forward to getting fit again after the baby is born at the end of this month and with the very pleasant bike trails at the public gardens down the road or the nearby state park, biking would be a wonderful way for her to do it. Especially with the end of summer on the way, her favorite time of the year is coming up and riding a nice trail with our suns as the leaves turn would be a wonderful way for her to spend the rest of this year.

  89. Chris4165 July 8, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    It’s time to start working my cardiovascular system. Heart disease runs on my dad’s side of the family and he just passed 2 years ago after having a quad bypass and a stint in a artery. 62 years old is much to young for me to pass, I’d like to see my youngest daughter have children on day so it’s time to get back into shape like I was when in my mid 30′s

  90. Baystray July 8, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Perfect for my wife :-)

  91. Kevin Talmadge July 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    I post CONSTANTLY to FB, on the way driving less and driving slower will solve so many of the problems we face…global warming, food prices and availability, pollution, the XL pipeline, coal, nukes, GMO crops, and much more…I promise to use the bike to replace 99% of my trips of less than 5 miles, and show people I walk my talk (or ride my talk in this case lol)

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