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Old 01-07-19, 05:59 PM
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Rough Texture Paint, Dutch Bike, Azor

I stumbled on a new Dutch-bike company in the US.

https://www.amsterdam-bicycle.com/

Looks like they sell classic Oma/Opa. Price is not cheap as expected.

What do you think about this rough "powder coating" paint scheme? Is it going to attract dirt? Lots of little nooks for dirt to cling onto looks like...but it looks interesting.




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Old 01-07-19, 06:01 PM
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It says "galvanized steel". Is that the same as high ten steel?
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Old 01-07-19, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
It says "galvanized steel". Is that the same as high ten steel?
No, galvanizing is zinc plating, either electroplated or hot dipped. I can't find any mention of this on their website, only mentioning anti rust primer and powder coating. I like the style, way out of my price point though. Keeping it clean no different than any other powder coat in my opinion.
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"Zinc grondlak" on the badge translates to "Zinc primer." The frames could be hi-ten or any other steel - I don't see any mention of frame material anywhere.
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I like it, but that is just me.
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Looks like a Powder coat there is a powder that gives you that finish when melted.
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Often referred to as "Hammer Tone" finish. Resembles painted mill scale. Has been around a long time in the paint world. Good to know they are now doing it in powder coatings

Soap and water will clean dirt right off. No real porosity, just the uneven surface.
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Looks like shot-peening, but it's the paint.

If you like these, go see WorkCycles. I think they offer more features for the price. These are all expensive, but Europeans buy them as daily transportation, and they're made to last decades with little attention.
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If you like these, go see WorkCycles. I think they offer more features for the price. These are all expensive, but Europeans buy them as daily transportation, and they're made to last decades with little attention.
I believe Azor makes them and WorkCycles orders them to their specifications and sells them. It's all customized/customizable anyway.

Azor is a bit different as a company. They wanted to make Dutch bikes with old fashioned durability by hand building them in the Netherlands and they claim they can do that by not wasting money on people behind desks. Consequently the brand and the marketing are not very well developped. That's not a problem in the Netherlands because there's quite a demand for old fashioned durability and the LBS's like to sell them. They are actually relatively cheap here, prices start from about 600 euro's for a basic single speed and a bike from a premium brand like Gazelle is usually over 800 euro's too. Gazelle hasn't made truly durable and sturdy bikes since the 80's. Azor is pretty innovative too, their innovations are often aimed at practicality and durability. Advertising with the durability of the paint job is very retro though, especially on the bike frame, that's very 30's and 50's.

I admit I'm a fan. The reason I don't own one is because their spectacular innovative frame isn't available in my size and they don't do rod brakes. But I like the company very much.
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Originally Posted by FBOATSB View Post
No, galvanizing is zinc plating, either electroplated or hot dipped. I can't find any mention of this on their website, only mentioning anti rust primer and powder coating. I like the style, way out of my price point though. Keeping it clean no different than any other powder coat in my opinion.
You have to click on the specications...
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I admit I'm a fan. The reason I don't own one is because their spectacular innovative frame isn't available in my size and they don't do rod brakes. But I like the company very much.
I'm only 5'7". And I tried a Gazelle Oma which was 57cm and a wee bit too tall for me.

Azor website is saying their medium size is 55cm...which should be perfect for someone my size.

They have smaller frame but only in Oma frame (women). Are there no short men in Neatherlands?
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Azor makes awesome bikes. I have a cross frame like the one shown on the link except mine is the ‘woman’s “ or step through. It’s great for loading up and carrying kids on the back rack.
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Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
I'm only 5'7". And I tried a Gazelle Oma which was 57cm and a wee bit too tall for me.

Azor website is saying their medium size is 55cm...which should be perfect for someone my size.

They have smaller frame but only in Oma frame (women). Are there no short men in Neatherlands?
Not many, they have been getting taller for decades. I'm 6ft4 and that's tall for my age group but it's only about average for the current 18-year old males here in the North. It might have to do with proportion too, the female Asian students here are often on the bigger child's bikes, used ones, instead of the 26"wheel women's bikes. There must be heaps of them, because a lot of very well made ones were sold until the 90's and demand from the Dutch girls is getting close to zero. So maybe it's as much about leg length as total length. Maybe you can find a way to get a vintage one? There must be lots of them waiting for a not so tall buyer.

The North is a bit taller than the rest and young people hardly ever buy new bikes because of the theft risk that comes with their lifestyle, most young men ride 57cm oma's. That's probably why the IFL frame I like only goes up to 62 CM. Or maybe this type of frame only works within certain sizes.
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Another bike you are not going to buy. This is beyond the point of old.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
Another bike you are not going to buy. This is beyond the point of old.
Could be worse, he could be posting ad nauseum the same picture of the same bike he was not going to buy. Or Posts that say nothing but "IBTL".
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Could be worse, he could be posting ad nauseum the same picture of the same bike he was not going to buy. Or Posts that say nothing but "IBTL".
Awww. I have my own little troll for the day. How cute! How long has it been since your last "time out" from BF?
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