This year, I take a look at my bicycle forlornly sitting in our basement. Tires are flat, rust has taken over some spots, paint is chipped, handlebar grips decomposing. I've had the same bike since I was in the fifth grade. It's a fuchsia colored Nishiki mountain bike that has seen better days. It has been a good bike and it has fulfilled its purpose in my lifetime, but the bike that I saved hundreds of dollars for in fifth grade is no longer the bike that my 27 year-old self would choose.
When I was a kid my parents had told me that if I wanted a bike, I needed to save my money. They would pitch in a little, but I had to save my allowance and such to help pay for it. This was their way of teaching me how to save for things (a skill that I am glad for now that I am older). They helped me choose a bike from our local bike shop, insisting that I must choose one that would be excellent quality and last for years to come. Well, to say that this bike has lasted for years to come would be an understatement.
|My mother on her Dutch bike.|
I really love the style of those old Dutch bikes. They are perfect, too, for cruising around town. I have finally found my new bike. My father shared this fantastic bike company, Republic Bike, in which you can design your bike online and have them custom build one for you. I will eventually be designing my bike, but in my search, I found a few that I thought I'd share. Here's to the Dutch bike!
|DBC City Bike|