Urban Biking Forum Come Join Us at Supernatural

Come join us in for an open forum this Thursday, Nov 18th where we will discuss ways to increase ridership in SF and using Holland as example of why it works. I’ll be one of the speakers. Our authentic handmade trike will be at hand as well to see. Check it out should be awesome!!! http://seeing-orange.com/?page_id=671

Supernatural is located at 1766 18th Street in Potrero Hill. The space will be open Monday, November 15 through Thursday, November 18, 11:00am – 2:00pm.

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1 1/2 years in San Francisco

•••It has been almost 1 – 1/2 years and we are absolutely embracing the energy and appreciation and  smiles we see and hear from customers and onlookers alike who walk by our store and smile, laugh, point, take photos or even purchase a bicycle or two. A few even lift our bicycles for weight comparison! Most have done research though. Many have purchased our bicycle purely on reviews and research never seeing the bike until delivered to their state. This is not an impulse purchase but rather an investment that will last a life time. Mechanically sound bicycles and style that is timeless. With our new mechanic Josh Boisclair onboard , we bring not only exquisite and functional bicycles to the bay area and beyond but also provide excellent service for repairs, retrofitting or upgrading any bicycle vintage or not. We enjoy and look forward to meeting you and hopefully helping you with your new bicycle purchase or retrofitting your old bicycle that may be sitting in your living room right now with a broken dynamo or missing saddle. Rusty on your Dutch, come on Saturdays when Oscar, my dutchie husband helps out and can sell a bike in full on Dutch if you prefer. You get the feeling you really are purchasing a bicycle from Amsterdam where Oscar’s grandfather had a bicycle store in the Jordaan district in the early 1900′s! For more info on this see this article from Workcycles http://www.bakfiets-en-meer.nl/2010/02/22/the-inventor-of-the-bakfiets/>/
Please stay tuned for an announcement of our new permanent location in San Francisco coming soon!  If you have any ideas of an ideal location (needs to be in SF) email us at: http://www.mydutchbike.com/contact/ If your location gets picked you win a Clarijs Panniers of your choice!

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Vintage English Bicycle Ride Oct 2nd Sonoma

Style Over Speed
This ride is for enthusiasts of vintage English 3 speed bicycles – Raleigh, Rudge, Humber, Phillips, Triumph, Sunbeam, etc. Not sure if you have an English bike? Go to sheldonbrown.com, then click on “Old Bikes”, then “English 3 Speeds”.

Route:
Much of the route will be along rural to semi-rural roads lined with vineyards; portions will be on shaded streets with beautiful homes in the vicinity of historic downtown Sonoma. The entire route covers x miles and, without stops, would take about an hour to ride at a slow to moderate pace.
Portions of the route are along bike paths. Most of the route, however, is on public roads, all of which are paved, but some are quite patched and bumpy. Gradients are flat. There are no steep hills.

For Directions and Itinerary: Go to http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=126929934018324&ref=ts

Ride Organizers:
Ron Miska
Josh Boisclair our very own My Dutch Bike expert mechanic

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Indonesian Independence Day and Indonesia Day 2010!

The Proclamation of Indonesian Independence was read at August 17, 1945.  This proclamation marked the diplomatic and and armed-resistance of Indonesia against the Netherlands.  The Netherlands acknowledged their independence day at August 17, 1945.

Since then, Indonesia’s Independence Day is widely celebrated.  Decorations are put up, costumes are worn and activities and games are held during Independence Day.  The president delivers the State of the Nation Address to the House of Representatives and special guests the day before Independence Day.

Rows of Panjat Pinang.

Games such as Krupuk (shrimp chips) eating contest, bicycle decorating, races are held throughout the day.  One of Indonesia’s favorite Independence Day past time is Panjat Pinang.  An Areca palm trunk is erected in a public area and is greased with a mixture of clay and oil.  At the top of the tree, various prizes like bikes and TVs are hung.  The first contestant to make it to the top wins the prize.   The crowd especially enjoys watching all the adults and children slip all over each other to try to make it to the top first.

This Saturday, July 31 at 11:00AM, My Dutch Bike will be sharing a booth with SF Dutch Consulate in San Francisco’s Union Square. It will be Indonesia Day 2010 in early celebration of Indonesia’s Independence Day!  The Indonesian Consulate invited the SF Dutch Consulate to participate. Come out and join us in the fun and celebrations!

See Yelp for the event time and location!

Hope to see you there!

William Hsu | My Dutch Bike

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Custom homemade babyseat for Bakfiets.

Ashley, one of our customers who purchased a short box Bakfiets from us sometime ago decided to be resourceful and creative in retrofitting a baby seat in his Bakfiets.  It’s really an ingenious and practical way to safely transport a baby, not to mention, both point of view (from the rider and the baby) are wonderful!

From the rider’s point of view!

Side view.

Below, are photos of the actual setup of the babyseat system.  Ashley decided to use the safety-latch system in order to safely and securely mount the seat mount to the bottom of the box.  The latch is connected to a U-ring that is secured to the bottom of the box.  Two holes were drilled in order to attach the U-ring to the box.

Bottom of the box. Two holes were drilled into the box.

Safety-latch is attached to a U-Ring.

Looking down from above, this is the seat mount bracket as to allow the seat to be removed easily when the Bakfiets is not in motion.

William Hsu | My Dutch Bike

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Football…on bikes!

In light of this Sunday’s big game between Holland and Spain, we wanted to take the time to root for our team and also introduce you to another type of sport that incorporates bicycles and football:  Cycleball!

The sport of Cycleball (also called “Radball”) was invented by a German-American in 1893.  It’s very popular in countries like Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and Spain.  Players ride fixed-gear bikes with very very low gear ratios as to wheelie the front of their bike easier as to use the front wheel to “kick” the ball.  A low gear ratio also allows the players to get across the court more efficiently.  As the court is not that big, having a high gear ratio would leave your pedals in a weird position by the time you get to the ball.  Having a fixed-gear bicycle also allows you to travel backwards.

The ball is controlled by the bike and the head except for the case of the goalie.  The game is very similar to football, but it does take a lot more skill in order to control the ball with a bicycle!

Below is a video of an example of Cycleball.

I hope to see this really unique but awesome sport come to the States soon.  As for now, I will look forward to the World Cup game this Sunday morning!  HOLLAND VS. SPAIN.

GO HOLLAND!

William Hsu | My Dutch Bike

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Gazelle Bicycle Factory in the Netherlands.

This is (well one of the reasons) why I love old Bicycles. This video showcases the early production methods used at the Gazelle Bicycle Factory in the Netherlands. This is what I would consider some “rare” footage, not only of bicycle production, but of times gone by; a way of Life, a way of thinking. The end of the video being proof: the factory workers all riding off to their homes or the pub on their Bicycles. As the video shows, almost every component of the Bicycle was manufactured from scratch, in-house, by hand. Machines have knobs, dials, and levers all controlled and adjusted by hand. No CNC machining here, no robots.  What does this matter, you may be asking? Well, we get out of Something only what we put in, and when you happen to stumble upon old Machinery, which was produced by Human Hands, you can sense almost, it giving off a sort of Life Force of its own. This is widely believed and accepted in certain Food preparation niches where terms such as “slow cooking” and “Macrobiotic” are used and understood. “Energy” is put into the food. Many believe that when you eat something prepared with Love, and “intention” is put into the meal, more Energy can be gained by eating that food. Well, I believe that Machinery can have the same effect; and not only metals, but woodworking, and masonry as well.

I am not going to denounce modern manufacturing methods here, as there really isn’t any reason to anyway. Everything has it’s place and purpose. An objective here, is merely to help communicate any reasons there may be as to why more and more people seem to not only be recognizing, but becoming slightly obsessed with vintage bicycles, and Dutch Bicycles. When you meet someone riding Vintage or Dutch Iron more often than not they are extremely eager to talk about their bike, and they just light-up in general whenever bicycles are around or being discussed. Internet sites are multiplying week by week. I’ve heard it said that the Old British Steel is so magnetic that it draws in Bicycle Mechanics, and then there is no escaping…..At least for me, I know that my Passion has turned into an Addiction. Seeing this video only adds more fuel to the already out-of-control fire. Old Bicycles are pieces of History, as well as Functional Art, as well as Personal Transportation, and having personal transportation is one the strongest senses of Freedom we can attain. Few things invented by Humans accomplish this.

To me, “Dutch Bicycles” mean much more than just what currently may or may not be “In Style”–they mean more than the sum of their mechanical parts. “Dutch Bicycles are the classic bicycle “Idea” if you will,–Classically-styled Machinery for a Classically-styled lifestyle with hints of Romanticism thrown in for sure: leisurely transporting yourself through the World, at a leisurely, stress-free pace. The reasons that Dutch Bicycles are gaining popularity is two-fold. The first being that they are comfortable, functional Machines; the second is that they are Stylish. The Style however, is purely incidental. These bikes, these Ideas, originated 100 years ago with Function being the Objective. The fact that now, such a functional and useful device becomes extremely Stylish means that the “Philosophy” has come around full circle: We have finally caught up with the Machine. There are quite a few stories, books, and movies about this phenomenon: The Human Population inventing Machines which eventually replace Humans. But as long as we Humans keep catching up to our Machines’  Greatness, we’ll survive….I think. As this video documents Classic production methods of Bicycles, it illuminates a Philosophy of Life, at least for those who can squint and see between the frames as they roll by at 18 frames per second.

So, if you’re wondering who the “I” is in this little piece, my name is Josh Boisclair and I am the Mechanic here at My Dutch Bike. I’ve been working in and out of bike shops since I was 16 years old. I raced BMX, and then, while riding road bikes to recover from a broken collarbone, decided to race road bikes instead. I did that for a while, but became fed-up with driving around in SUVs to races all over the South East. I quit racing. I sold my car. I worked at what was literally the original Importer of Workcycles bicycles and Bakfiets cargo bikes. We were very small, starting out in a small shop in St. Augustine, Florida. I moved with the company to Boston Massachusetts but couldn’t deal with the cold. I sold everything I owned and hopped on my fixed-gear bike which I found in a dumpster, pulling a BOB trailer. I made it to Chicago and ran out of money. Hopped on the California Zephyr and here I am: San Francisco! My hobby was always restoring old things: typewriters, printing presses, cameras, Volkswagen Beetles and Buses, motorcycles, and of course, Bicycles. The Hobby turned into my Passion, now, it is an Obsession. So that’s my story, hope you enjoy the video as much as I did!   Cheers.

—Josh Boisclair—Mechanic

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Bike to Work Day photos!

Bike to Work Day was a major success this year in the Bay Area!  Above:  Three-year-old Sidney Goldfader-Dufty, Supervisor Bevan Dufty’s daughter, hitches a ride with Kit Hodge on Bike to Work Day in San Francisco.

Check out all the Bike to Work Day photos here at 511.0rg.

Cyclists make use of the new green lanes recently implemented by SFBC and the city of San Francisco.  “Happy Bike to Work Day!”

Bikers pick up BTWD schwag at the corner of 2nd and Market street.  Also entering to win the grand raffle prize of a new Specialized Globe city bike.

Personally, I took advantage of the free ferry ride on BTWD by boarding at Jack London Square and getting off at the SF Ferry Building.  The ferry is definitely the best and most scenic way of getting to work.  It’s also great because they have unlimited bike parking – when the racks run out of room, you can just use lean them against the sides onto the railing or onto other bikes.

Downtown Oakland’s Bike-Away-From-Work afterparty!  This was great with bicycle parking, pedal-powered festival rides and great food and drinks.

Your’s Truly biking to work!

William Hsu | My Dutch Bike

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Photos from Velo & Vintage and BFF in Sacramento this Friday!

Retrovelo Paul

Retrovelo Paul

Photos of the Velo & Vintage show last Friday are available here courtesy of Sac Cycle Chic! Check out our gorgeous Retrovelo Paul and Bakfiets in action on the runway in the photos! The fashion and bike show was a total success and had a great turn out!

Bicycle Film Festival Poster

Bicycle Film Festival Poster

Also in Sacramento this Friday (May 14th) is the Bicycle Film Festival! It will run all weekend starting on Friday at 7pm with a pre-party followed by two days of bicycle related films and events! Please check it out. Visit Bicycle Film Festival – Sacramento to check out the details.

BIG REMINDER – BIKE TO WORK DAY IS TOMORROW ( MAY 13th), please take a day off the car and pedal yourselves to work!  Energizer booths will be setup all around the Bay Area.  Pick up some schwag!

William Hsu | My Dutch Bike

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