Thursday, April 26, 2012

Walmart Goes Dutch

Dutch Bikes, Walmart welcomes you to America!!

Apparently Walmart has started selling Dutch-style bikes for $199-249 price range. There are 3 models, 24", 26" and 28" models. Here's the description for one:



http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hollandia-New-Oma-26-Cruiser-Bike/16539715?findingMethod=rr

Cruise through city roads with the Hollandia City Leopard 28" Bicycle. It features a high tensile steel frame that is durable and adds to the bike's stability. The stylish handlebars feature ergonomic grips and facilitate an upright riding style. This yellow cruiser bike has cushioned spring saddle seats that are very comfortable. It also has steel brake levers with front caliper and rear coaster brakes that function smooth and make drives safer. Special features in this women's cruiser bike include a headlight that aids night driving and Dutch-style racks for added functionality.
Hollandia City Leopard Women's Cruiser Bicycle:
  • Special features: Dutch-style racks and headlight
  • Riding style: Comfort and cruiser
  • Frame/frame materials/stem: high tensile steel
  • Handlebars: upright riding style
  • Gearing: single
  • Seat: oversized cushion double spring saddle
  • Brakes: front caliper brake, rear coaster brake
  • Brake levers: steel
  • Wheels: 28" x 1.75"
  • Tires: 28" x 1.75"
  • Rims: alloy double wall
  • Fenders: included
  • Pedals: platform
  • Other features: enclosed chainguard and fenders
  • Dimensions: 57"L x 9"W x 34"H
  • Assembly instructions included

Here's a Men's Dutch bike:

 http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hollandia-Amsterdam-28-Men-s-Cruiser-Bike/16539719

Hollandia offers the authentic Amsterdam experience, for those who think the journey is half the fun.
Hollandia Amsterdam 28" Men's Cruiser Bike:
  • Special features: Dutch-style racks and headlight
  • Riding style: comfort and cruisers
  • Frame/frame materials/stem: high tensile steel
  • Handlebars: upright riding style
  • Gearing: Shimano Nexus 3-speed
  • Seat: oversized cushion double spring saddle
  • Brakes: front alloy v-brake, rear Shimano roller brake
  • Brake levers: alloy
  • Wheels: 28" x 1.75"
  • Tires: 28" x 1.75" with reflector band
  • Rims: alloy
  • Fenders: included
  • Pedals: platform
  • Other features: enclosed chainguard and fenders
  • Dimensions: 57"L x 9"W x 33"H
  • Assembly instructions included
  • Warranty information: 1 year on the frame

If anyone sees this in stores I am genuinely curious as to how horrible this compares to a real Dutch bike. It seems to not have a dynamo at all but runs on batteries for lights. No O-lock either. But you can't beat that price for a starter. Looks like it'll rust in the rain in an hour but they couldn't keep the weight down. They weigh as much as the Gazelle. Apparently Bike Portland reported on this last year and they are Chinese manufactured.