A gentleman on a Dutch granny-bike? Well, just so long as he didn’t steal it from someone’s grandma!
The omafiets (tr. ‘grandmother bike’) is a very traditional kind of Dutch bike that is best known for its upright and elegant riding style, easy to use step-through frame, and utilitarian (i.e. black) paint job.
While most people in the UK would think it’s a “ladies” bikes, the oma is actually just a universally comfortable and practical design. This particular model takes practicality to the highest degree with a foldable front box and dynamo lighting. Seriously, who needs a car when bikes like this exist!?
The school-run doesn’t have to be stressful, or involve traffic jams and crazy driving outside the school gates.
This dad drops his offspring at nursery before heading into town for work. He rides a practical, Dutch utility bike, and gets around quickly by using London’s new network of Cycle Superhighways. Zero-emissions, plenty of fresh air, stress-free, and not a stitch of lycra to be seen!
From a distance it wasn’t clear if this was a bicycle or a quadcycle, but what it actually was proved to be far more interesting.
The gentleman – who was dressed for his destination, and not the journey (take a hint, lycra lovers) – had just swapped his bike’s original wheelset for a custom pair he’d had made. His bike is a classic Dutch Priest Bike, and the unique ‘kruisframe’ design was apparently invented to preserve a priest’s dignity as he rode to Church in his cassocks.
These days the bike is a comfortable, upright city run around, built for an unhurried gentleman who prizes elegance over speed. Sweet brogues, too!
Today’s gentleman was spotted at the Camden Bike Fair that took place around the back of King’s Cross Station. He was gliding around on a classy, upright Swedish bike being exhibited by one of the local bike shops, and was kind enough to let us take his photo.
We’re not sure if he ever bought the bike that he’s pictured with, but I think we can all agree that it suits him! Very dapper 😉
His time-worn leather bag sits up front in the traditional wicker basket, adding spades of character this otherwise unassuming ride. The attire is conventional city-chic, but details like shades, rugged boots, and an open collar show that he’s his own boss.
We were on foot when we saw him cruise past, and we obviously couldn’t let this nonchalantly cool dude escape!
After a short (but blisteringly fast) pursuit, we were lucky to catch him as he dismounted a few hundred yards up the road. Phew!
It turns out that Jordan is a gender studies research student at UCL, which makes his pink and blue bike all the more wonderful! A little research on our part revealed that pink used to be the colour for baby boys, and blue used to be associated with baby girls – a lot can change in century, but true cycle chic never goes out of style 😉