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A Basic Guide to the Elegant Simplicity of the Dutch Bike

Last updated 6 years ago

When you conjure the image of a bicycle in your mind, you’re most likely going to picture a Dutch bike, also known as an “Omafiets.”  The Dutch bike is so simply and smartly designed that it has become a sort of bicycle archetype.  While a Dutch bike might not serve you well on a mountain biking trip, its uses as a commuter bike or city bike are unmatched for the average rider. 

·         The Dutch bike offers comfort to riders of all different experience levels.  Whether you haven’t rode a bike since you were a kid or you commute every day, you’ll find comfort and ease in riding a Dutch bike.  When properly fitted for your height, the positioning between the pedals, seat, and handle bars of a Dutch bike allows you to sit comfortably upright for a casual ride to work or leisurely exercise with friends or family.

·         A typical Dutch bike is minimal in design, so it demands less maintenance than other bikes.  The less you have to worry about something going wrong with your bike, the more you’ll enjoy the ride.  Dutch bikes don’t bother with suspension and often opt for coaster brakes instead of handle brakes to simplify its ride and maintenance.

·         While simple and minimal in design, Dutch bikes feature the essential protection for riders.  Front and rear mudguards protect you from splashing yourself with muddy water when you happen to ride through a puddle.  Dutch bicycles also often feature a chain guard and skirt guard, to prevent your clothing from getting stuck in your bike while riding.  These features are especially practical for women riders wearing skirts or dresses, but they are also helpful for riders of any gender.

Come take a test ride on a quality Dutch bike today at A Street Bike Named Desire in Palo Alto, California.  We think you’ll agree that casual rides are best done on the comfort of a Dutch bike.  You’ll still get the light exercise you crave, but mostly, you’ll get to enjoy Palo Alto’s wonderful weather with ease and in comfort. 


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