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Old 06-09-10, 02:04 AM   #1
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Very interesting Dutch bicycles

The Dutch are known for their love of bikes, and the week I spent in the Netherlands I saw just about everything on a bicycle: A mother with a kid balancing on the rear rack and a baby in a basket in the front; a businessman in a suit with his laptop in the front basket and a cell phone stuck in his ear; a white-haired grandma with rear panniers full of groceries and a handlebar basket full of flowers; a gorgeous young lady in a miniskirt and high heels. You name it, I saw it.

That is, until I happened to walk past a closed shop in Rotterdam on a Sunday afternoon a couple of weeks ago. There is no way I could pass up taking a picture of this couple of beauties, even if through the glass.

Take a close look, the yellow bike is a family bike with four seats, the second is a very interesting way to solve the problem of adjusting your position on the bike on the fly, without having to get off and raise or lower the stem. Clever, ain't they?

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Old 06-10-10, 05:47 AM   #2
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I like this one from WorkCycles. Make the kid do some work!

There are a lot of very usable cycle designs out there, we just don't see them in the US too often.

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^I've seen rigs like that with a third kid in a rear rack seat.
Always makes me think of Dr Seuss.
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That four-seater looks cool. It appears that the pedaler sits in the third seat back, with two kids in front and one behind.

That other bike, that's got to be just for display purposes.
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I like this one from WorkCycles. Make the kid do some work!
I like how the steering linkages look from the 3rd row
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I would say the first one's just for display purposes, too. No footrests, no good place to hang on.

A while back, the local bike mega-store had a 5-seater out on display. Actually, they had taken two or more bikes with couplers in them and strung them all together. So it wasn't necessarily a rideable rig, but looked cool.
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My wife and i stayed in a hotel in Portland (Ore.) last summer that had a dozen or so Dutch bikes for rentals. Can't remember the hotel or the brand of bikes, but we took them out for a ride along the river one afternoon and they were pretty cool for must cruising around. I had an old Trek I hardy ever rode anymore, and when I got home I sort of Dutchified it, with fenders and a big wide Brooks saddle and short stem for an upright, traffic-friendly riding position. It lives under the stairs at work now and i ride it around town.
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My wife and i stayed in a hotel in Portland (Ore.) last summer that had a dozen or so Dutch bikes for rentals. Can't remember the hotel or the brand of bikes, but we took them out for a ride along the river one afternoon and they were pretty cool for must cruising around. I had an old Trek I hardy ever rode anymore, and when I got home I sort of Dutchified it, with fenders and a big wide Brooks saddle and short stem for an upright, traffic-friendly riding position. It lives under the stairs at work now and i ride it around town.
Amazing how a vacation ride can make the difference. You can Dutchify just about anything. I prefer to call it "making the bike usable"

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Both bikes are for display only, the store was not a cycling store. We did see, very often I must say, a parent with two and three kids, sometimes in precarious positions (to my Americanized lawsuit-wary eyes) but they appeared totally comfortable and care-free. Sigh. Unfortunately the camera was never handy to photograph them. Once I organize a thousand pics I'll sift through and post a few cycling related.

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That four-seater looks cool. It appears that the pedaler sits in the third seat back, with two kids in front and one behind.

That other bike, that's got to be just for display purposes.
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