Hollandia brand bicycles are leaders in the design and production of Dutch-style bikes, which are becoming increasingly popular in North America. But what exactly is a Dutch-style bike, and why should you consider getting one if you love bicycling?
The Dutch didn’t invent the bicycle or even develop the earliest bicycles. In the late 19th century, England, Germany and France were leading bicycle manufacturing – and in fact, the first Dutch bicycles largely copied from English bicycles (thus, many of the features of a Dutch bicycle came from the original English design).
Due to the flat landscape of Holland, Dutch bicycles are generally heavy and sturdy and used for transport, and prior to the Second World War, it was very uncommon to have gears on Dutch bicycles.
If I were to describe a typical Dutch-style bicycle with a few adjectives, I would say they are sturdy, comfortable, low maintenance, practical, pragmatic, stylish and heavy. Dutch bicycles are upright or “sit-up” style – with taller frames than typical bicycles. This position allows for very good visibility and great comfort.
So whether you choose the step-through Hollandia Amsterdam F1 28 Dutch Cruiser Bicycle, the Hollandia Urban College USA 700C City Dutch Bicycle, or the Hollandia Holiday M1 26 Cruiser Bicycle, you will sure to enjoy your Dutch-style bicycle ride.