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Old 04-19-06, 02:58 PM   #1
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Batavus Made By Peugeot/Peugeot Made By Batavus

Can anyone help me? Back in the 70's I had a white 10 speed with two lables: Batavus Made By Peugeot and Peugeot Made By Batavus. It had Leather Saddle, which was signed (I unfortunatey wore that out). I also recall some sort of sping loading having to deal with the seat, (a combination of a lever or a wring that you tightened and untightened on the frame below the saddle, and then getting in and out of the saddle) sort of like a clutch so that you could jump gears and get a kick start as soon as you got to the top of a hill. I apologize.. it was a long time ago. LOL I believe it was a protoype. It was painted with what is referred to as light absorbing paint. To my recollection it even broke down and folded for traveling. Even though todays bikes are more sophisticated in technolgy and design... lighter metals, better gearing, breaking, etc... I can't help but reminess about my old white stallion! : ) It was the best bicycle I ever had. The problem was, because of its uniqueness....everybody was always trying to steal it from me. And eventually that's more or less what happened. I bought it in New York City, where I grew up, and eventually parted with it in St. Louis, where I now live. I would like to find out if anyone knows anything or has ever heard about a Peugeot/Batavus Batavus/Peugeot joint venture.

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Old 07-21-06, 09:49 AM   #2
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Batavus bikes seem almost unknown in the USA. I have only seen one in the last forty years or so. Yet, I understand that in Holland, there are about ten Batavus bikes in front of every coffee shops.

Batavus has a nice looking website but for some reason, it is in a foreign language.

www.batavus.nl
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Old 07-21-06, 12:03 PM   #3
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Sounds cool! But you'll probably get more responses in the Classic and Vintage sub-forum.
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Old 07-22-06, 12:00 PM   #4
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In Europe, Batavus is known for its sturdy, reliable, thirty pound commuter bikes. But, they also made a limited number of pro level road bikes for teams racing in Europe.

Has any Forum member ever seen or ridden a pro level Batavus road bike? They seem to be among the rarest of the "big" European brands here in the USA.
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Old 07-22-06, 12:26 PM   #5
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I have a Batavus water bottle from their team......The wrench I go to used to be a pro team mechanic in Holland. He gave it to me.
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Old 07-24-06, 06:06 PM   #6
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Batavus imported bikes to the US during the 70's 'bike boom', but they currently do not have a US distributor. I was lucky to pick up two Batavus bikes (A Flying Dutchman and a B1) a few years back when they were imported by a local LBS as demos; but the LBS never struck an import deal with the company, and the six or eight demo bikes the shop received were the end of the supply.
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