Does anybody do everyday cycling better than the Dutch? We don't think so! They prove that there is never a reason not to ride your bike. Instead they embrace the bike as the main mode of transport, whether you are doing your weekly shop, meeting friends for drinks or heading to work, you'll get there by bike.
Of course the cycling infrastructure has a lot to do with it. But bike choice is also key to the ease at which the bike can slot into everyday life. Gazelle bicycles or Royal Dutch Gazelle as the company is officially called are one of the most popular choices in Holland. In business since 1892, and the only bike brand to be given the royal seal of approval, this brand knows a thing or two about creating robust bikes, that are not too heavy and that most importantly are comfortable and enjoyable to ride.
Gazelle Bicycles have recently been made available in the UK and are becoming an increasingly popular choice for those looking for a low maintenance, Dutch style bike that will not break the bank.
As standard Gazelle Bicycles come with coat guard, mud guards, a kick stand, integrated cables, roller brakes, front and seat suspension, pedal reflectors and front and rear luggage capability. They are literally ready to roll right out of the shop and will need little to no maintenance on a day to day basis.
Gazelle Bike Range:
There are 49 different bikes within the ladies offering from Gazelle. To make your purchasing decision a little easier, we have narrowed the choice down to four models that we feel tick all the boxes when it comes to the perfect Dutch style commuter bike.
Gazelle CityZen C7
The CityZen is one of the sportiest looking city bikes in the Gazelle range. Equipped with 7 speed Shimano Nexus gears and roller brakes, maintenance will be low. The light weight aluminium frame, fixed forks and upright riding position make this a smooth ride.
Lights and a lock come as an additional add on.
Gazelle Miss Grace
If you are looking for a Dutch bicycle that ticks both the style and substance box, then the Gazelle Miss Grace might be your perfect match.
At just £579 this bike is an absolute steel when your consider it's specification. Equipped with 3 speed Shimano Nexus gears, a roller front brake, coaster back brake, front and rear lights, lock, kick stand and basket as standard, the Gazelle Miss Grace is ready to rock and roll as soon as you sit on the saddle.
The Gizelle Miss Grace is a really beautiful ride too. Sublimely smooth and comfortable thanks to the upright riding position and sprung saddle.
Gazelle Van Stael
We have to admit that the TWC lust-o-meter hit an all time high when we laid eyes on the Gazelle Van Stael. It is beautiful.
Equipped with Brooks Cambium grips and saddle, the bike has a really premium feel. But even better than that? It is a really smooth ride. As one of the lightest bikes in the range the Gazelle Can Stael is equipped with 7 Speed Shimano Nexus gears, coaster and rim brakes, and has the option of adding lighting, a lock and a carrier.
Gazelle C7 Orange + Hybrid M
If your day to day cycling involves some sweat busting hills then an electric bike might be worth considering. The Gazelle C7 Orange + Hybrid offers just the right of assistance to make sure you make it from A to B comfortably.
This bike is equipped with a Bosch rear mounted motor that will last for 145km/ 90 miles when fully charged. The motor is pedal sensored.
Equipped with 7 Speed Shimano Nexus gears, front and rear lights, a rear luggage rack, Axa defender spring lock, a premium sprung saddle and front fork suspension, this bike will not only offer a smooth ride but comes equipped with everything you need to make bike riding part of your everyday life and your preferred mode of transport.
In addition to this there is also a handy walk assist function should you need to wheel your bike at any stage.
Where to buy Gazelle Bikes in the UK
While Gazelle bikes are stocked in 1,700 shops across the Netherlands, they are still relatively new to the UK, having been launched here less than a year ago. At the moment there are 40 Gazelle dealers in the UK, although this number is growing rapidly.
For details on your nearest dealer, check out the Gazelle website.