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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. 

    Where do you want to be on two wheels? A Street Bike Named Desire wants to know.

    Last updated 6 years ago

    It's not a well-kept secret that the natural beauty of the San Francisco Bay compells many who visit to find their way back to stay. Generations of adventurous people call the SF Bay area home because they can get outside and enjoy the variety of local destinations where fresh air and sunshine await. Which begs the question - where do you ride your bike?

    Are you a Saturday morning shopper, heading out to visit your favorite farmer's market? There are so many great communities where the abundance of farm-fresh locally grown produce attracts cooks and families to fill their bags and baskets. If you want to make a huge splash on your next trip to the market, let us show you how much easier it is to shop with a Christiania box bike! This unique bike offers you the ability to stylishly carry kids AND your farmer's market catch-of-the-day. If you have little kids, you need the Christiania box cycle to show your kids that riding a bike is a great way to get to school, the park or any other outdoor destination. No matter what you carry, you'll be riding in comfort and style.

    What about the weekday morning and evening riders? If you are one of the thousands of people who drive their car and park at the  Caltrain or BART station to get to work, you should rethink your routine. The opportunity to get a healthy dose of fresh air and exercise on a frequent basis is a great reason to have a folding bike. The Brompton line of folding bikes is simply the best of the best - tremendous quality, ingenius design, comfort and style - a great way to commute to and from the train. If you frequently yearn for more time to exercise or relax, let us introduce you to the commuter bike that will get you a dose of both on your way to or from the office!

    A Street Bike Named Desire is weeks away from opening at the Town & Country Village in Palo Alto, CA. We'll offer the very best of european city bikes, cargo bikes, commuter bikes and electric bikes from around the world. Make plans to visit us after we open in the beginning of June and you'll see transportation at the intersection of style and good health.   

    4 Essential Qualities to Look for in a Commuter Bike

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Commuting by bicycle can be one of the best things you can do for your health, your wallet, your community, and the planet. Luckily, there are many options for you to choose from. City bikes, mountain bikes, Dutch bikes, and folding bikes are just some of the options available to you.  So, how do you choose the right commuter bike?

    1. Consider the type of terrain you’ll regularly be riding on.  If you’ll be transitioning from a bicycle commute to something like a bus ride or carpool, then you may consider a folding bike for easier transport.  City bicycle riding is fast and fun with a good set of road tires, but don’t forget a helmet!
    2. Choose a commuter bicycle that’s comfortable.  If you’re not used to riding often, then any bike may feel a little uncomfortable at first.  However, after a short period of time adjusting to the bike, your seat shouldn’t cause you any discomfort.  Your handle bars should also be lined with tape or rubber for a comfortable grip.
    3. What kind of storage add-ons will you need?  If you can fit everything in a backpack, then you might not need the addition of a basket.  But, if you carry a briefcase or prefer not wearing a backpack, then a rear or front basket might be good for your commuter bike.  Conveniently, there are many basket styles and models to choose from. 
    4. Lastly, you need a reputable bike store and a test ride. Always test ride a commuter bike before you buy it to be sure it’s a good fit for you.

    For further help shopping for a commuter bike, visit us at A Street Bike Named Desire  in Palo Alto, California.  With beautiful weather year-round, Palo Alto and surrounding areas are perfect for your new bicycle commuting lifestyle. 

    Introducing the Christiania BoxCycle!

    Last updated 6 years ago

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    Introducing the Christiania BoxCycle.  Chances are you've never seen anything like it all.  It's definitely not an ice cream cart and no, it's not from outer space.  It's actually from Denmark! The BoxCycle is very comfortable to ride and made of the highest quality components available. You can take your kids to the park, take them to school, or go to the market.  We will have a BoxCycle on display and available for test rides in our new shop, A Street Bike Named Desire

    Bike to Work Day 2011

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Yesterday May 12, was the 17th annual Bike to Work Day, and it was the city’s biggest yet!

    Bicycling has become even more popular in San Francisco with parents biking their kids to school, neighbors visiting stores by bike and professionals pedaling to work.

    San Francisco has some of the highest rates of biking in the nation. Seven out of ten people were riding bikes in 2009, according to a recent poll. The City is boosting bicycling even further with a record-number of improvements, including more than a dozen miles of new bike lanes, hundreds of new bike parking spaces, and long stretches of green, separated bikeway on Market Street, all of which have been added since last year’s Bike to Work Day.

    Bike to Work Day 2011 is presented by 511.org and Kaiser Permanente, with promotions organized by the Bay Area Bicycle Coalition, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and county congestion management agencies. For more information on San Francisco’s Bike to Work Day, visit sfbike.org/btwd.

    Participate next year with a bike from A Street Bike named Desire!



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