Thursday, 19 March 2009

March's Bike of the Month - The Oma Classic from Dutchie


March … The perfect month to buy a bike and start cycling. I bought my first set of wheels in the month of March a few years ago and have never looked back.

When you begin your search for your two-wheeled friend, don’t get bullied into buying some charmless hybrid. Consider all your options, one of which should be to ‘go Dutch’.

I am a big fan of Dutch bikes so am particularly excited when a new brand comes on the market. The new kid on the block this spring is Dutchie and they seem to be causing quite a stir. They do both mens Dutch bikes and ladies Dutch bikes so something for everyone.

We test rode their flagship bicylce, the Oma Classic , of it’s many redeeming features what is particularly inviting about the Oma is the price…. only £289. A lot of the Dutch Style bikes on the market tend to creep up to twice this amount so the Dutchie is an aptly timed bargain!



The elegant Oma was delivered to my door and as I excitedly climbed aboard, I was quickly reprimanded by my partner. At 8 months pregnant he did not think I should be trying out a new bike no matter how pretty is was! After a little sulking I turned to my Cyclechic colleague to do the dirty work and decided to talk to a real Dutchie customer to get a full rounded view.

We first spoke to recent, very happy customer, Rachel Kinnaird. Rachel came to us to buy a helmet and, on seeing our Dutchie parked outside, stopped dead in her tracks and lovingly proclaimed “I have this bike!”. I asked her how she found it and she simply replied, “I’m effervescent….

So over to Rachel…

I am LOVING my Dutchie, as are others judging from the number of head-turners I've clocked up ! Great design, fabulous looking, rides like a dream. It’s an effortless, smooth ride, great seated position enabling better visibility of traffic, feeling safer.

Extras like the demobilizing lock & bike stand are really smart and the Skirt & chain guards take the hassle out of wondering what to wear, wardrobe as per usual, hoorah !

Dutchie is currently an online retailer, which makes them quick, and easy to buy from, wherever you are in the UK. They will deliver to your door FREE of charge and the bike will be 95% assembled on arrival so you don’t need to be a grease monkey to put it together. It’s simply a case of tightening the front wheel and handle bars… phew!

At Cyclechic we are using the Dutchie for all our chores and errands and my colleague, the lovely Lavinia, has been in the hot… saddle. Lavinia was also very taken with Dutchie but as a stoic cyclist she did point out that if you have only ever ridden a regular bike, you do need to ease yourself in gently. Dutch bikes have certain features that at first can be a little confusing. Her 3 things to look out for are;

1.Back pedal break – Instead of breaking with two brakes on the handle bars you back pedal to bring the bike to a stop and you have one break for the front hub on the handle bar . If you wanted to stick to regular breaks you could go for Dutchie’s Starlite bicycle

2.The handle bars are wider so your steering action will differ.

It’s probably a good idea if you are making the switch to get yourself used to these features in the park before you take to the busy roads. It will soon become second nature but don’t give you the stress of adjusting while contending with busy traffic.

Oh and most importantly...

3. You may find yourself being drawn to your reflection as you pass shop windows because you look so darn good. Please have a quick glance but no prolonged staring as this could lead to accidents as well as an inflated ego!

You can however send photos of yourself looking wonderful on your Dutchie to Me and my Dutchie and they will publish it in their family album on the website.


In summary the Dutchie Oma Classic is the perfect for a gentle commute, school run or errands around town. It also looks fabulous and makes you feel fabulous, and being cheaper and lighter than a lot of its competitors … you can’t go wrong!

15 comments:

Amber said...

Thank you so much for this blog.
I have just added some pretty bike photos to mine and saying how I am obsessed with bikes at the moment as I want to upgrade and it is so hard to decide what to buy.
I will be researching even more with your helpfull hints. Good luck with the baby!!

Dottie said...

The Dutchie looks like a beautiful bike, and what a cute name! Looks very similar to my Azor Oma, but what a great price!

RidingPretty said...

CAZ...Congrats on the new launch of your online cycle-fashion store www.Cyclechic.co.uk! It looks REALLY good!!
Best Wishes
Shelly

caribbeanisland said...

The bike looks great but unfortunately I'm limited in what I can buy as I will have to lug it up floor flights of stairs. Sigh....

Amie said...

I need that bike just because I loved my Oma so much!

Elle said...

Living in The Netherlands you take beautiful bikes like this for granted because just about everyone has one.

Quite a lot of men also ride Oma fiets here. My partner says that he prefers my bike to his Opa fiets.

Fifi Flowers said...

GREAT bike... love the basket... I have one similar! ooooh I am inspired to paint the PINK door photo!

Lala said...

So tempted by this bike, and the price! But at £289 is it really good quality?

spiderleggreen said...

I just rode an Azor Oma for the first time, last weekend and was amazed. It was like driving a Cadillac(if the Cadillac reference makes sense across the pond), super smooth and sturdy.

CQ said...

Thanks so much for this blog. I have finally narrowed my bike search to purchasing a Dutchie. My final decision that i need to make is whether to purchase the Oma Classic or Oma Starlite. For an extra £100 is it worth paying for a lighter bike? Comments anyone

Michelle said...

I have the standard Oma and it is heavy. Also I work in an office full of cyclists, and we couldn't put it together; I had to take it to a shop to get them to put it together. The shop told me that part of the reason the Dutchies are cheap is that they use some cheap components, and while my bike works fine, the lights broke immediately and the saddle is pretty horrible.

In short, I do love my bike, but I still look longingly at Pashleys (Brooks saddles, baskets, generally better quality accessories) and the more expensive Dutch bikes, so it might be worth paying more for an Azor or similar.

Barcelona Football Tickets said...

My wife has been asking me for a bike for xmas and being Italian, she is into these kind of styles.
The moa classic looks absolutely perfect. I might buy one!!!
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Pail in Barcelona

jade said...

I am tempted to buy a dutchie oma, especially because of its beautiful price. But I would like to test it before I buy it online. Does anyone know where I can test ride a dutchie in London? Also rather a novice to cycling I would feel
more comfortable knowing this bike allows full flat feet at intersections. Owners, for a small girl of 5'3 or 163 cm, Will i be able to plant my feet on the ground while my bum still rests on the saddle? Merci d avance pour votre reponse!!
Jade

Aaron said...

to Jade,

Feelfree to come and test ride my opa or my partners oma - both are broken.....again! Only had them 4months and i wouldn't recommend - go for something a bit more pricy - it will be worth it!

schicklgruber said...

If you want a really great Dutch Oma, buy a Gazelle. Genuine Dutch quality (no Chinese stuff) made in Holland. A true classic worth every penny, trust me...