Sunday, May 18, 2008
Sigrid the Bike Hunter
Sidgrid over at My Hyggelig is earnestly hunting for a bike to love. She really wants a Eurobike, but is concerned about the weight and needs more than three gears. Also, it sounds like she doesn't want this purchase to break the bank... Sigrid has the same problem I do, I expect quality and value - an uncommon combination in most US products.
Sigrid - you must not let the doubt stop you from going Dutch, or Danish or Swedish for that matter - you can have a eurobike, you can live the life you want to lead, you can ride upright and bring back the goods - and you don't have to get a bike that weighs 55 pounds.
Here are my suggestions in three price ranges and three nationalities, taking into consideration her specific request for the weight, features and speeds. The rest of you - help out this hunter, post your ideas in the comments.
From Sweden, the Kronan: $700
Kronan has just re-introduced their bikes to the US market. They are offering a 5 speed unisex model with an aluminum frame. It's lighter weight, more than three speed, an upright riding position, a genuine eurobike and it's about 1/2 the cost of many of the other models available. Available for delivery from the Kronan USA web site or in a Sweden near you.
From the Netherlands, the Batavus Spirit Series: $1050
You will find some models from the older series and the newer depending on where you look. Many shops in Canada carry the Batavus, but your local Redline dealer will also carry them. These come in an aluminum frame and 7 speeds and have all the bells and lights, etc. Available from your local bike shop or with free delivery (plus import duties) from Curbside Cycle in Toronto.
From Denmark, the Velorbis Victoria Classic: $1800 - $2000
Unlike the other two the Velorbis Victoria is steel - however it is chromoly, which is lighter. You can order this for delivery from the shipping specialists at the Dutch Bike Co. Seattle. If you want a custom color, the similary named though entirely different Dutch Bicycle Company out of Massachusetts will do custom paint work on the Velorbis.