<<Why are you buying so many bikes? I thought the Batavus would last for years and years. The Batavus from what I understand is a well made cycle that does not need to be replaced after 12 months.>>
When I first moved here, I knew nothing about bikes and bought a tank. Instead of cables for the brakes, it used metal rods. It was a second hand Gazelle with three speeds, I believe.
I also bought a bike for my wife, but forgot what it was ... probably another tank. [1 & 2]
After a year or so, we traded them in for more gears and less weight. I also bought a Brompton (in Ireland on vacation) and bought a folding bike here in Holland for my wife. [3,4,5 & 6]
I traded in my regular bike for a new one  with a frame size more to my liking. That got stolen a few years later, bought another replacement , also stolen , and so I'm now on my latest bike .
I traded in her folding bike (which she didn't like and rarely used) when I bought her second new bike, so between the two of us, we own three bikes.
My newest bike is fully insured and locked with a cable in front of my house. I'm thinking about buying a proximity alarm ($60) and have it hand delivered when a friend visits from the US.
I've edited this a few times ... I can't count and my memory is failing ...
Last edited by davehorne; 04-11-03 at 01:07 PM.