Friday, April 17, 2009
This week, the New York Times did a fashion piece in which it declared the glossy black Dutch bicycle "the new It object." Although still pretty rare, I am starting to see these on the streets of D.C., and apparently they have become common sights in Manhattan, Seattle, and Portland.
The Dutch Opa pictured above (Oma is the women's step-through model) is sold by the Dutch Bicycle Company in Seattle for $1589. They will ship it anywhere in the continental U.S., and they estimate that it costs between $330-365 to ship an Opa or Oma. According to the New York Times story, the Dutch Bicycle Company will soon open a store in NYC.
Dutch bikes, of course, have both style and function. Fenders, chainguards, rack carriers, headlights and taillights are standard. Here are the specs on the Opa:
Frame: Powder coated, hi-tensile steel, available in 57, 61, & 65 cm sizes
Hub: Shimano Nexus eight-speed, sealed, internally geared hub
Headlight: Shimano Nexus hub mounted dynamo powering headlamp and tail lamp
(no batteries needed - ever)
Saddle: Brooks model B67, sprung leather
Brakes: Front and rear roller
Accessories: Center stand, fenders, mud flap, cargo rack and pump, rear wheel skirts/spats - spoke guards (keeps your skirt or suit clean), fabric and chrome chaincase cover, integrated rear wheel locking system
By the way, the Dutch Bicycle Company also sells German Velorbis models like the one pictured in the very first post on this blog.
In addition, Biria has come out with a Classic Dutch Series that includes this 21" Classic Dutch Men's:
The specs are similar to the Opa:
Frame: Hi-Ten Steel, 52 cm (21")
Fork: Hi-Ten unicrown
Rims: 28" steel black
Gear: 3-speed Shimano Nexus
Brakes: Rear Roller and front v-brake, Alloy
Colors: black, dark red
Standard: full Chain guard, fenders, front and rear lights with generator, kickstand
Finally, don't forget the Dutch and Dutch-style bikes that we've already discussed on this blog, including the Batavus Old Dutch, KHS Green, and Electra Amsterdam.