Give all the angry people Dutch bikes
I have never had so much fun traveling to a meeting downtown, the bank, and the dentist. I smiled at Republicans. I whistled church hymns. I winked at men attached to their iPhones and their football games. I high-fived girls in skinny-jeans. I hugged PC-users. I saw my reflection and Halle Berry stared back.
If you want to inject giddiness, carefreeness, and love-for-all’ness into the mundane, the routine, the everyday, do yourself a favor — get a Dutch bike [also known as an upright or a cruiser]. I fell in love with them when I borrowed Uncle Dan’s in Denver and college-friend Erin’s in Amsterdam this summer. But I already had a bike. A Lady with Two Bikes? Who am I?!? Someone who lunches at Gibson’s, sips cosmos, and buys jewelery somewhere other than Kohl’s? I resigned myself to being a wistful Lady with One Bike.
But then last Friday, I was hurriedly and weirdly shooed out to Boyfriend’s garage. An early birthday present! And our Amsterdam friends, in town for the weekend, verified it as authentic-Dutch. Bliss.
New Dutchies are expensive. Troll Craigslist [“criusers” appears to be the best keyword to search with]; there are a lot of seemingly good deals out there. If you already have a bike, sell it. Give it away. Or become You with Two Bikes. On a cruiser, you’re ten pounds lighter, your teeth are whiter, and everyone wants to be your friend.
I came across your site and blog via Martha’s Bike Fancy blog – always good to find another fan of Dutch bikes here in Chicago ( Your comparison of Holland vs America is great reading too)! I’m a 6ft gal riding a Dutch bike here in the city – I bought my this fall. I’d been riding a mountain bike for years and now I’m very much in love with my upright, heavy-weight, smooth-riding, Omafiets. You should come to our Women-who-ride brunch or happy hour next month, with your bike of course!
wait a sec.. weren’t you at the last brunch?
Hey Samantha, thanks for the comments! Sounds like we have a lot in common; I’m 6′ ft and got my Dutch bike this Fall as well. They’re great, right?!?
Hmm, wonder if I have a doppelganger. I wasn’t at the last brunch, though sounds like I would’ve like to be! Combining brunch/drinks and bikes and new people sounds wonderful. You’re the 2nd person to mention the group to me [if it’s the same group] this week, and I’m coffee’ing with the first in a few days, so hope to learn more. Maybe I’ll see you at the next outing!