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My Dutch Cruiser, AZOR OMA, one year later

Old 01-10-16, 07:18 PM
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My Dutch Cruiser, AZOR OMA, one year later

I've possessed my Azor Oma for almost a year and love it. It's a comfortable ride. The rider sits very tall in the saddle and I swapped out the stock headlight (resembles the one above) for a rechargeable Cygolite Expilion 850 for night riding in and around a residential area. Also the stock seat was swapped out for a Brooks B67. Although comfortable, the seat will take some time to break in. The overall ride is smooth and the posture couldn't be more upright.

As to the gearing (three speed Shimano IGH) both low gear and second are alright for cruising around the flatlands of southeast Georgia. Third gear could have been geared a bit lower which could be taken care of by swapping out the rear sprocket. The shifting is flawless and the ride smooth. But the bike is heavy, approaching 50 pounds or so and therefore you'll certainly know that your lifting something heavy. Since the weight of the bike exceeds the limit of most trailer mount bike racks, I purchased the thick and heavy aluminum trailer mount manufactured by 1UP - to transport it around to some riding venus. My baskets were purchased from Nantucket Baskets here in America.

No longer in business, Rolling Orange Bikes of Brooklyn was the vendor. The bike was on sale at just over $600 and shipping from NYC to southeast GA costed $300. Total costed amounted to slightly less than $1k and Rolling Orange no longer sells bicycles. Purchasing this dutch cruised from Rolling Orange was a non-issue for me since the bike has a solid reputation for not requiring maintenance for "decades" according to some posters at this forum.
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Old 01-10-16, 08:11 PM
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Riders of a Dutch Opafiets don't complain about the weight since its a workhorse bicycle.

With front and rear racks, its the ultimate utility bike.

Its used in that role every day in the Low Countries in Europe.

Thanks for your review.
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Nice in 'low' country setting; tough if you need to climb.
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The weight is actually an advantage in a windy place like the Netherlands - bike is too heavy to blow you off the road if you're riding into a headwind.
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Originally Posted by zonatandem View Post
Nice in 'low' country setting; tough if you need to climb.
I agree with your statement. Riding this bike in San Francisco might demand an 8-speed IGH for that hilly area, assuming that the 8-speed IGH hosts more than one gear lower than second gear of the 3-speed IGH.

To borrow an expression from another member:

3 speeds = uphill, downhill and flat.

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