Sunday, August 2, 2009
The Corral: Batavus Personal Bike
This is the poor beater of the bunch. The Gazelle TdF is beat up but this, . . . this poor bike has been stripped and abused. It probably needs therapy. I have only gotten to ride this one once because I need new tubes for it but it is the most fun to ride of all my bikes and the easiest to pedal up the hill of death on my block for some reason. The bike has lost all of its gears, it O-Lock half of the chain case, the coat guards. Well the only things left are the saddle, fenders, rack, and pedals.
The story we got from the guy who sold it to us said that these were a part of a program to provide free transportation in Holland, but the program failed. People came in to the city with trucks and stole tons of the bikes. Somehow this bike ended up here in LA and is definitely showing it's troubled past. I don't know if it is true or not though.
This is currently the last bike of mine in The Corral. Don't know how long that is going to last though.