Traditional Dutch bike
For those looking for a Traditional Dutch Bike – The Batavus Dutch Bike
By far the most recognised Traditional Dutch Bike is the Batavus Old Dutch.
Built in pretty much the same style since 15th September, 1904 when Batavus first began building bicycles it would appear at a first glance as if little has changed. However, the Old Dutch has undergone many improvements over the years that retain it’s character and appearance, but allow today’s owner’s to enjoy modern day improvements in bicycle technology.
So for example, the version we import to the UK no longer has a ‘back pedal’ braking arrangement or drum brakes. Both brakes are now operated as you would any other bicycle by hand levers on the handlebars. Those tiresome, and often difficult to work on drum brakes have been replaced with a modern day equivalent, Shimano Roller Brakes. The benefit of Roller brakes, as opposed to brake blocks it that roller brakes work in all-weathers, and there is no problems with brake blocks making contact with Stainless Steel rims, which the Old Dutch bicycle still has.
This style of bicycle is often copied and there’s an abundance of low-cost, look-alike bicycles on the market. We’re not going to go blow-for-blow as to why the Old Dutch, Dutch Bike retails at the price it does, but suffice to say that if you take the time to either visit our Littlehampton Showroom and inspect for yourself not only the build quality of these beautiful bicycles, but also the quality of the branded components fitted to every new Batavus Old Dutch and compare this to the cheaper alternatives, you can then make up your own mind as to which one you should buy.
For example, all Batavus Old Dutch bikes come with a quality Shimano Nexus Gear hub and Shimano Roller brakes, stainless steel rims and stainless steel spokes and so on and the lock is either from Trelock or AXA.
The Old Dutch comes with a beautifully powder coated frame, and Batavus, as with all their bicycles only uses eco-friendly water-based paints that won’t harm the environment. The Batavus factory in the Netherlands is also fitted with it’s own water treatment plant so that foul water from the factory doesn’t harm the environment once the manufacturing process is complete.
Make no mistake about it, the Batavus Old Dutch bicycle is built to last. So if you’re looking for a quality bicycle, factory built, with quality branded cycle components that will ultimately give you many years of cycling pleasure, the Batavus Old Dutch really does tick all the boxes.