Hi, just joined, thanks for reading. I just spent 6 months in Europe and fell in love with my rental bike, the Batavus Personal bike, single speed. (http://usa.batavus.com/ and then select it, sorry there is no direct URL). I don't have the means to buy one at around $900 and already have a bike that never felt comfortable for me - it's the Giant Cypress DX. Until I rode the Batavus rental I didn't think I could enjoy biking, but it was extremely comfortable to peddle, and the full upright position and close handlebars really worked for me. So, I went to my LBS and asked how to change the seat/handlebars on my Cypress to mimic the Dutch riding position but the guy said the handlebars were rotated as far forward as possible and new bars plus labor would be around $125. I am "upright" meaning that I am sitting at about a 65 - 70 degree angle but on the Batavus I was fully upright at 90 degrees. Is this possible to do on my existing bike? I am saving my money for the Batavus or maybe the new Torker Cargo T, supposedly an exact replica of the Batavus. I love those handlebars but can't figure out how I could get them on my bike.
In the meantime, can someone please give me some guidance?
Thanks a ton,