So finally taught my daughter to cycle. What dutch bike.?
Every ‘Dutch’ Bike I’ve had the ummmm…..pleasure to work on has weighed about 50lb and if you ever need to fix a rear flat you pretty well have to take half the bike apart! They also seem to cost waaaaay too much money for what you get (steel cranks etc, hence weighing a hilarious amount). Personally I’d look at a more normal beach cruiser if you want a girly bike.Posted 4 years agostanfreeMember
I have 3 kids , the first learnt to ride a bike at 5 and my youngest at around 3. My middle daughter pretty much learned at about 8 but stopped immediately and lost her confidence , last week (she is now 12) I took her down the park on my hardtail and she has mastered the art.Posted 4 years ago
She wants a real girly bike , Pastel colours with a basket for (**** knows what?). So Im thinking a dutch bike , anyone bought a decent one ?, should I go second hand? or should I use my wife’s c2w scheme and stick with one of the big brands. ?irelanstMember
My 7 year old has a Batavus Dutch style bike and it is pretty much as described by walleater. It’s fine as a utility bike for popping to the shops, or around to friends, but for ‘serious’ riding she uses a proper mountain bike. If you are aiming to go on bike rides, then I would strongly urge you to look at a decent mountain/hybrid.Posted 4 years agopaulosoxoSubscriber
I nearly bought Mrsosoxo one of these, when they were half price, but ended up buoying a singlespeed folding jobbie from Decathlon.
Posted 4 years agogofasterstripesSubscriber
Observations on Dutch bikes from a bloke with a Dutch girlfriend:
1- They are heavyPosted 4 years ago
2- It doesn’t matter ‘cos the Netherlands is shockingly flat
3- They don’t get many punctures because they have an actual network of cycle/scooter roads and unlike the Brits etc don’t coat those roads in broken glass
4- There are a couple of brands that are lighter, but they don’t tend to sell well here because…
5- They spend loads on their bikes, 800 Euro is common – unlike UK commuter trends
6- They have funny big wheels – maybe they conserve more momentum, we should really look into that…
6- I can’t count. Many real Dutch bikes last 50 years due to heavyweight construction.
8- These bikes have such high handlebars that you aren’t able to stand up and push harder [n/p for the Dutch – see point 2]
9- The Dutch are mostly bloody tall – so real Dutch brands make bloody big bikes
10- We have a lot to learn from the Dutch
11- Cafe Cremers: Prinsestraat 84, 2513 CG Den Haag, Netherlands ?
+31 70 346 2346
12- Dizzy Duck: Trompstraat 210, 2518 BR Den Haag, Netherlands ?
13- I seem to have lost my train of thought there
14- Try Ridgeback’s stepthrough framed ladies bikes with Baskets, heavy duty racks and a good set of panniers to make a UK version…..rootes1Member
Gazelle have some nice options:
or you could get something like Specialized Globe, not quite ‘dutch/euro’ as no dymano, wheel lock etc but they are lighter.
the daily’s look love in the flesh, though not pastel
Ridgeback Metro is a good value range and well thought out, I bought my mum one + a rack and pannier bag
of course you could always build something up from old mtb..
these used to be muddy fox courier and a GT talera.. respectivily
Basil do a nice range of saddle and panniers that you can match making for a girlie looking bike. Sau if you want to Girlie up a Islabikes Beinn..
blue one has done less than 10 miles and yours for £195!
could of course go for Pashley Poppy, expensive but they hold value so good resale..Posted 4 years ago
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