Monday, July 11, 2011
Intriguing, affordable "Dutch" bike
When I came home from visiting Flanders two summers ago, I was taken with the idea to find a buy a Dutch bike in the U.S. I don't know whether I was more surprised to find that it was possible to do so, or that it would cost $2,000 to do it.
If there had been a bike that simulated what I had seen on the streets of Bruges that cost a few hundred dollar's I'd have snapped it up in an instant. There wasn't, and I didn't. And that failure to do so is what started my bike-buying spree and this blog.
Well, now there is. I stumbled across a link to this bike via Bike Snob today. I had no idea it existed and have never seen anything similar in this price range.
On the one hand, I know a bike that sells for under $300 can only be so good. I also understand that much of what makes a Dutch "Opa" what it is cannot possibly be found on a bike that sells for so little.
I get that, I really do. But, I will admit to being intrigued by the idea of owning a Dutch-looking bike for $250 or so. It even has a front rack suitable for lugging my little Dutch kids around on, if I ever happen to come into possession of little Dutch kids.
I've looked online for reviews with no luck. Half of me is hoping to find ones similar to those written on the Flying Pigeon and giving me the freedom to move on and never think of this again. The other half is hoping to read that it's surprisingly well-built and feels like the real thing. If this is the case, I'm going to need someone to loan me some garage space.