Amsterdam, bakfiets and Dutch bike story archives

Walmart goes Dutch with “Hollandia” model

Posted on July 11th, 2011 at 11:51 pm.

$249 for Walmart’s new Dutch bike. Notice how Walmart’s website puts “Adult Bikes” in the “Toys” section.


Facing “financial obstacles” Jorg & Olif looks for investor

Posted on October 2nd, 2008 at 8:20 am.

The founders of Jorg & Olif, a company that was around at the inception of the Dutch Bike Invasion in America, have announced that they’ll sell off the company if they don’t find an investor.

In a statement posted to their website on September 16th, co-founders Rob MacDonald and Jane Cox wrote that their company, “faces some financial obstacles that need immediate attention” and that “Without new capital injection, the partners are considering new paths.”


Saying goodbye to the ‘Old Dutch’

Posted on January 14th, 2008 at 9:31 am.

Batavus Old Dutch-2.jpg
(Photos © Jonathan Maus)

Thanks to good folks at Seattle Bike Supply, for the past several months I’ve been the lucky caretaker of a Batavus “Old Dutch”. I hoped the Portland sales rep who loaned it to me would have forgotten about it, but unfortunately, last Friday it was time to give it back.


Jorg&Olif’s Scout promises “affordable Dutch style”

Posted on August 3rd, 2007 at 3:03 pm.

I usually don’t share product news, but you know I have a weak spot for all things Dutch.

Here’s an exclusive look at Vancouver BC-based Jorg&Olif’s brand new “Scout” (it’s not set for full public release until August 10th):


Clever Cycles opens for business

Posted on June 1st, 2007 at 4:05 pm.

Opening Day at Clever Cycles
Clever Cycles is now open.
View gallery
(File photo)

It’s been almost ten months since I first mentioned bakfiets on this site. Back in August, I spotted one on NE Broadway and I was blown away by the simple, elegant utility of it.

That story sparked a lot of interest and it was clear Portland was ready for the Dutch bike revolution. Now I’m happy to report that today is the first day of business for Portland’s very own Dutch city bike and bakfiets dealer; Clever Cycles.

The shop is located just south of Hawthorne Blvd on SE 9th and I stopped in today to check things out.


A Portland-born bakfiets is in the works

Posted on May 24th, 2007 at 3:21 pm.

bakfiets up close
[File photo]

Northeast Portland native Jamie Nichols “totally flipped” when he saw his first Dutch bakfiets cargo bike. He sees them as the perfect way to replace the family car for short neighborhood trips and even sees them as an answer for what he calls “a looming fuel crisis”.


The Batavus “Old Dutch” have arrived

Posted on May 24th, 2007 at 11:54 am.

Well I had my doubts whether or not it would ever happen, but after some ads popped up recently it was just a matter of time…

And now it’s official, the Batavus “Old Dutch” bikes have landed in America.


Bakfietsen go mainstream

Posted on May 17th, 2007 at 7:51 am.

Bike Master Plan Ride #4
Scott Mizee aboard a bakfiets.
File photo

The Oregonian’s inPortland secion has a nice story today that will give a big boost to Portland’s awareness of and interest in bakfietsen (Dutch for “box bikes”).

The story focuses on how great the bikes are for kids and families, and even mentions a woman who uses one as a way to lose her post-pregnancy pounds,


Signs of life from Clever Cycles

Posted on May 3rd, 2007 at 11:11 pm.

Can you spot the bakfiets?
Photo: Clever Cycles on Flickr

Clever Cycles, Portland’s soon-to-be-opening retail shop that will carry bakfiets cargo bikes and “a complete line of resoundingly practical biking gear” is showing signs of life at their location on SE 9th Ave., just south of Hawthorne Blvd.

Part of a Dutch bike invasion sweeping North America, this shop will complete a triangle of two-wheeled revelry; it’s just a block away from the Lucky Lab and their Bike Route Rye, and The Recyclery bike shop.


Dutch bike invasion continues with Batavus

Posted on April 10th, 2007 at 8:40 am.

I first brought you the news about original, Dutch Batavus bikes potentially coming to the U.S. market back in October. I had received spy photos of them from my correspondents at the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas.