Dutch bikes are a work of art in themselves. They allow the rider to swing a leg over in basically any attire - even if it's most impractical. T
he reassuring chain and mud guards mean that there is not chance of getting an oil slick down your leg and the upright position is so casual it almost looks like you could drink a cup of tea as you ride along (although we don't recommend this!)
As the name suggests, you will see a vast proportion of people riding these bikes in Holland - and they will be wearing anything but lycra. This type of bike are ingrained into the daily fabric of their society and they are one of the most popular forms of transport.
We've put together our top five reasons why you should invest in a Dutch bike...
The 'sit-up' style of these bikes means that your body is in less of an aggressive position compared with the hunched road bike physique, for example.
Sitting upright also allows your to have greater visibility over the top of traffic and into the distance. The saddles are also normally broader and more cushioned, and because you're sitting back on your sit bones, you're less likely to need to rely on padded shorts to avoid feeling saddle-sore.
Cycle-style is a big factor of the Dutch bike - mostly because the safety features such as the chain cover means your less likely to get your trouser leg caught up in the fray nor will you get covered in oil.
This means that what you can wear on the bike is not so much restricted as proved by these heel-wearing celebrities. Dutch bikes also tend to have quite substantial mud guards over the wheels to minimise splash back.
And of course, the bikes themselves are super stylish - they're usually available in varying colours, with vintage bells and even the mud guards add an aesthetic element.
Dutch bikes are a good option if you're looking to buy second hand, just makes sure that the gears and brakes are in good condition.
You can buy one from new from between about £150-£600, and they often hold onto their value very well if you do choose to pass it on one way.
Once you have your bike, maintenance won't cost you too much due to the more robust design of the bike. Because all the components are covered up, thing like the cogs and the chain won't be as exposed to the elements and the tyres are generally sturdy and not too prone to punctures either.
Pannier and basket options
Dutch bikes have some wonderful options for accessories. Your bike can carry any extra bags you might have either with panniers or by affixing a basket to the front.
The upright position will also mean that you can wear your handbag strap crossed over and not have that annoying feeling when it flops forward as you do on other bikes. The added bonus there is you'll avoid getting a sweaty back from having to cycle with a backpack!
Added fitness benefits
Some of these Dutch bikes can weigh over 20 kilos meaning that if you commute on it every day, this extra weigh training will have added benefits on your fitness - this is especially true if you have any inclines to go up!