The Redline R530
What I see is a compact aluminum framed hybrid bike with crappy brakes, fenders and a full chain case slapped on it to capitalize on the Stateside Euro-bike fascination. There is indeed a place for an upright riding posture, and a bicycle of style and sophistication in the United states. Presently, the Electra Amsterdam is the closest approximation from a US bicycle company, but even the Amsterdam has a compact frame.
Compare the Redline product with the esteemed Batavus Favoriet. The Favoriet frame has a horizontal top bar. It has a seat tube that places the feet forward. It has a leather sprung seat, and no pneumatic suspension front fork. The frame is steel, and so is the chain case. On the aluminum Redline, the seat is a gel filled pillow, and the chain case is brittle plastic. The Favoriet comes with lights, a
Hopefully, at some time in the future, an affordable American bike with an authentic Dutch geometry and flavor will become available. There is a ready market for such a velocipede. The Redline R530 is not it. The R530 is like a pair of Chuck Taylors trying to masquerade as Chanel.