Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on September 22nd, 2006 at 7:27 am
I usually wouldn’t post about a bike that has no connection to Portland and that I haven’t even ridden yet…but the new “Amsterdam” bike from Electra could make a serious run at being the perfect Portland bicycle. I’m also excited about this bike because it’s looks to be the first time a euro-stylish city bike has been offered by a major U.S. company.
Here’s the exclusive photo (it’s not even on their website yet):
It also comes in black (which I prefer) and a
ladies version with step-through frame.]
As you may have realized from some of my previous posts, I have a major love-affair with Dutch-style city bikes. They’re just so dang simple, elegant, well-made, and I can’t help but think of all the cool Dutch people that ride around with them (sans helmet) on cobblestone streets with their healthy, bright-eyed kids hanging from the top-tube.
If only Wal-Mart and Target were selling these instead of the plastic toys they call bicycles, maybe more Americans would take bikes seriously.
Can’t you see these doing well here in Portland? After all, our elected officials, bike community leaders, and city bureaucrats seem to have a thing for Amsterdam.
Cool features of this bike include:
- Nexus internal 3-speed hub
- Coaster brake (keep things simple)
- Aluminum frame
- Fully-enclosed metal chaincover
- Generator LED front and rear lights
- Full fenders (with mud flap up front)
- Rear rack
- Coat/skirt guard over the rear wheel
No word on price yet, but it will be much less than importing something from Holland!