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    What exacty IS a Dutch bicycle?

    Right now my only bike is a cruiser (Giant Simple 7). I know it isn't as fast as other styles, but I prefer to ride at a leisurely pace, in comfort, so it works great for me.

    I've been hearing a lot about how "Dutch style" or "Euro style" bikes are growing in popularity, especially for people running errands or commuting short distances, etc. Out of curiosity, I'm just wondering what exactly a Dutch bike is, and how it would compare to what I have now. Is it just any kind of bike where you sit straight up? Is it a type of cruiser? Would the Electra Townie be considered this type?

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    same as an english 3sp...
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    Well, to the Dutch, it's just a bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AEO View Post


    same as an english 3sp...
    Oh, that's a nice looking bike. The nub on the front fender tells me that it's a Raleigh made bike, probably a rebranded Sports. Judging from the down running shifter cable, I'd say early 70s but not as late as my 79 Sports, which I'm sure everyone is sick of seeing:




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    So, where do you buy a new one?

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    I'd recommend looking for an old Raleigh like the ones in those pictures, at least if you're at all mechanically inclined. They're common, well made, and with a few upgrades will be just as good as any new city bike, for a fraction of the cost.

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    There is a difference between a Raleigh and a "dutch" bike. On most of the dutch bikes I have seen the handle bars are up much higher, almost like sitting in a chair with arms out at counter top height. The Dutch bikes that are sold in the US are the premium brands and are quite often built out of heavy materials than your average bike. They use stainless steel fittings, the bikes come fully equipped with racks, lights, generator hubs, all weather brakes, built in locks, etc.

    I have "dutchified" a Redline R530. If you want a true Dutch Bike buy one.

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    A Dutch bicycle is often a step-through bicycle.

    And you buy a new one anywhere in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, etc. Go there and have a look around. There are some shops that have racing bicycles etc., but a lot of shops either also have step-throughs or only have step-throughs. In 2007, you could pick up a nice looking step-through for about 400€.

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    A Dutch bicycle is often a step-through bicycle.

    And you buy a new one anywhere in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, etc. Go there and have a look around. There are some shops that have racing bicycles etc., but a lot of shops either also have step-throughs or only have step-throughs. In 2007, you could pick up a nice looking step-through for about 400.

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    upright_step-thr&#.jpg

    Quote Originally Posted by JaclynMcKewan View Post
    Right now my only bike is a cruiser (Giant Simple 7). I know it isn't as fast as other styles, but I prefer to ride at a leisurely pace, in comfort, so it works great for me.

    I've been hearing a lot about how "Dutch style" or "Euro style" bikes are growing in popularity, especially for people running errands or commuting short distances, etc. Out of curiosity, I'm just wondering what exactly a Dutch bike is, and how it would compare to what I have now. Is it just any kind of bike where you sit straight up? Is it a type of cruiser? Would the Electra Townie be considered this type?

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    Dutch: Internally geared hub + full chain case. Upright handlebars. Fenders. Sprung seat. Meant for regular commuting in business casual attire. Over 6 ft tall (including women). Soon to be a Caliphate but that is another story.
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    Wieleder CARiBIKE (folding), decent frame.

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    The Dutch brought 400 of these to Vancouver for the Olympics this year. Dutch Bikes in Richmond

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