You’ve Gotta See This Tandem!
Maybe I’m getting old, or it’s just an attempt to buck the system. But I have the urge to get a bike that’s seriously comfortable.
Inspired by sites like Copenhagenize.com (and it’s twin - CopenhagenCycleChic.com), Amsterdamize.com, and even Yehuda Moon and the Kickstand Cyclery, I’ve started looking at a more traditional, upright type of bike. For errands around town, trips to the library or philosophical society, and wearing tweeds with. That sort of thing.
So I’ve been googling things like “traditional bikes” and “gentlemans bicycles”, looking for something like a Pashley, or a any one of several bikes at velorution.biz (like, the Monark Balloon for instance, or even a [slightly crazy-looking] Pedersen). There are even some seriously retro new bikes on Ebay, for only £129. Two problems with these though, to my eyes - at that price, the phrase Bicycle Shaped Object (BSO) jumps into my mind, and the design is seriously retro. The brakes are fully LEVER operated, for feck’s sake. I’m looking for comfort & style over speed, not a museum piece!
Eventually I hit on the right search term - “Dutch bikes” and more specifically (as I don’t speak Dutch), “Dutch bikes UK”. And just LOOK at what I found on dutchbikes.co.uk (obvious URL when you think about it . . .) :
OK, so I’m almost certainly not going to buy one, as Daughter is now properly old enough, stable enough, and adventurous enough to need to do her own thing. But it’s seriously cool, isn’t it? I wonder if Thistle will get one when Fizz gets a bit bigger?
Something else I found was this, which I can definitely see as a work bike . . . heck, if I get it properly liveried up with the company logos & stuff, it might even be 100% tax deductible. And despite my initial search for a real Gentleman’s Bike (trust me, black or at a push, British Racing Green are the only colours for a gentleman’s bike), I even like the colour