BICYCLE DUTCH

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Two Dutch everyday bicycles

At request I show here my two bicycles that most my movies were filmed from.

To anyone from the Netherlands these two standard every day upright utility bikes couldn’t be more ordinary. But to the rest of the world they might be interesting enough to give them a closer look.

In Utrecht I have a 10 year old British “Raleigh” because that was 3 kilos lighter than the standard Dutch bike at the time I bought it. In Utrecht I have to lift my bicycle twice a day, off and on the bicycle rack in the underground bicycle parking facility at Utrecht Central Station. That was the reason to go British. It is a good bike, only some parts are a bit too light compared to the Dutch bikes (fenders), but that weight had to be saved somewhere of course. Only the saddle was replaced in those 10 years.

In ‘s-Hertogenbosch (a.k.a. Den Bosch) I have a second hand 25 year old bicycle of the Dutch brand “Batavus”. Some parts were replaced in those 25 years. Like the dynamo, the bell, the saddle and very recently the coat guards. It has some wear and rusty spots, but it was used almost every day in the last 18 years that I own it. It saw the bicycle repair shop about 5 times in all those years. And I cannot do any maintenance myself.

My bicycles (one in my hometown and one in the city I work)

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2 comments on “Two Dutch everyday bicycles

  1. legocyclist
    15 April 2013

    The Dutch are brilliant at coming up with ideas to reduce maintenance like the fully enclosed chain guard and the roller brakes. I’ve only tried roller brakes once and wasn’t that impressed with the stopping power, but if you haven’t got any serious downhill sections then I suppose it isn’t really a problem!

    • Paul Martin
      2 May 2013

      The problem with many rollerbrakes is that they’re often not set up correctly when first given to a customer, particularly in countries where bikes with rollerbrakes or hub brakes are a rarity.

      My rollerbrakes are as good as rim brakes but of course they still work as well when wet and there is practically no maintenance required.

      I’ve had friends complain about their rollerbrakes and I had discovered that the cable tension was far too loose. A quick adjustment had them able to lock their wheels if they needed to.

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