I've run into a small pothole in my search for the bike...
I had pretty much decided on the Azor Opa - and was ready to order that AND the Velorbis Churchill Balloon as a birthday gift. So, I wrote to Seattle Dutch Bike Co. - and it turns out the don't have the Velorbis - and won't have it in stock in time for the birthday gift.
I have found a dealer who not only has the Velorbis in stock, but will be delivering to NYC in about 10 days. Seemingly perfect timing for getting the birthday gift....
Now, the dilemma is this.. which do I choose?
A. Do I order my Azor from Seattle and pay $345 to have it shipped across the country? And buy the Churchill Balloon from the local dealer?
B. Do I go with the Velorbis Churchill Classic and have all the leather replaced (to make it vegan for me) and have it delivered in about 10 days after a short drive from a nearby state along with the Churchill Balloon?
Option A will cost me about the same in total as option B - But with option B, more money is being spent on the bike instead of going into the pocket of UPS - and the oil companies... Will the Velorbis give me the Danish bike experience that I want? Well, it is actually a Danish bike, so probably, yes... But I've been told that the Velorbis is a more sporty ride, and not as relaxed as the Azor...
Help me, dear readers, what do I do?!
As of writing this post, I'm leaning toward getting the two Velorbis bikes.... assuming they can deliver them both together AND that they will trade out the leather parts on one.