This week I am working for MyDutchBike.com. We are temporarily located on Market Street in San Francisco between 2nd St. and Sutter St.
My Dutch Bike aims to introduce Dutch utiliatarian bicycles to the Bay Area by not only offering men’s and women’s city cruisers, but all types of bikes to carry lots of groceries, cargo, pets and of course, children! The models range from the Oma-fiets and Opa-fiets (Grandma and Grandpa bike) to the FR8 (“freight”) bikes and of course, the popular head-turner Bakfiets (“box-bike”).
We have both short and long box Bakfiets to fit everyone’s preference, we have FR8 bikes that can accommodate one, two or three children in addition to the rider and a very special used box trike on consignment.
These bicycles are not meant to be lightweight or fast in any sense, but are made to be heavy, burly, utilitarian and and is made to carry loads of up to 200 pounds. These bikes are meant to last a lifetime. Most of the bikes are constructed of cromoly steel and are equipped with fatter tires for a comfortable and cushy ride. Balloon tires are not only comfortable, but very fast rolling.
As the market for these types of bikes in the US is still growing, Dutch bike sellers remain regional, but the majority of US distributors receive their bicycles through Workcycles in Amsterdam who fabricates all these bikes. Please visit their site: Workcycles to get a good glimpse of all the fun varieties of utilitarian bikes Workcycles produces that will carry your ice-cream, kids and even garbage…?
Oscar and Soraya are the owners of My Dutch Bike and having come from Holland, are looking to bring American bicycles up to par with Holland’s utilitarian bicycle standards. This helps the Bay Area a great deal in working collectively towards the goal of using the car a bit less, and use the bicycle in more than just recreationally.
Here are a few shots I’ve taken throughout the week and a few from Frank @ SFBC. Please stop by our temporary location on Market to take a look. Look out for our permanent location in San Francisco in the following months!
…and an obligatory photo of Frances in the Omafiets basket.