Friday, June 19, 2009

I've Been Shopping

I am looking for a new bike. a bike that I can increase my riding on. I bike that I can decrease my fears on. A bike that will make me feel pretty and get me where I need to go. I have the Townie which makes me feel super pretty and the Biomega that will absolutely get me where I need to go. I will find a bike that does both.

For inspiration and help on what exactly I should be looking for I have been using this post from Copenhagen Cycle Chic and this post from Lovely Bicycles to guide me. I have been reading all of the cycle chic blogs and googling Dutch bike brands a-go-go. I am dragging the hubby to bike shops and making him explain what the parts of bikes are for aside from the bits that make it look pretty. I am having a tough time reconciling my needs and wants. I am nervous that I am going to end up with a bike that is either a pretty or functional. I am extremely picky about what I find attractive. I am drooling over a bike that I test rode this afternoon (which I will tell you all about tomorrow) however I don't know that it is the most practical bike for being in LA. But I cannot stop thinking about how lovely it is. What ever am I going to do?


  1. What do you mean by functional -- Speed? Lightweight? Off-road capacity? Which bicycles have you tried and dismissed?

    You might want to look at the Velorbis Scrap Deluxe and the Retrovelo bicycles: They have slightly sportier frames than traditional Dutch bikes and those speedy balloon tires. Of course, your budget will also play a role in this!

    My Pashley Princess is definitely both pretty and functional. The only thing it won't do is win professional road races.

  2. By functional I just mean a bike that I can manage in terms of lifting up to my apartment or loading on a bus and getting up LA's hills and carry my daughter and all of our stuff. I am not looking to go fast or anything. The balloon tires are sort of weird to me. The Batavus Fryslân has those. Unfortunately there aren't any of those here for me to test ride. The Retrovelo is a bit out of my price range. Have you had the oportunity to try the Velorbis or the Retrovelo?

    I tested the Gazelle Toer Populaire and the Batavus Old Dutch so far which I liked, but am nnot sure about. I have dismissed the Breezer pretty much just based on the look. I also will not be buying another Townie.

  3. I have tried the Velorbis Danneborg in red, but not the Scrap Deluxe. If you need the bike to be light enough for frequent lifting onto buses and up the stairs, Velorbis is lighter than the other quality Dutch-like brands, so that might be the answer.

    There is also a lower-cost bike called Biria Classic Dutch that may be just right for you in terms of specs and costs only $450. Many "normal" bike shops around here have it, so LA might carry it as well.

  4. Thanks for those suggestions. I have been drooling over the Danneborg, but I don't know about finding one to test ride.


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