We were very happy to see our neighbors dressed up and riding to work on Bike To Work Day at USC’s Health Sciences Campus this past Thursday, May 20, 2010. These two ladies obviously took the prize for style that day, and one of them is riding a Batavus Breukelen she got from our shop!
The story was published on the back page of The Weekly, Volume 26, Number 19, May 28, 2010.
File this under Cycle Chic, Velocouture, or just plain fun – either way Dr. Erin Quinn astride her Batavus Breukelen and Susan Wong on her Electra cruiser turned heads on Bike To Work Day.
Both women work in the Keck School of Medicine’s Office of Admissions. I’m assuming that they’ve either both read numerous papers on the need for “active transportation” in the U.S. to fight our high rates of chronic health problems or they both just want to ride a bike to work because it’s fun. Perhaps both?
The Batavus Breukelen is a special model Dutch bike, made for urban cyclists in North America. Our cities are not as pancake flat as those in Holland, so the Breukelen is equipped with a Shimano Nexus Inter7 7-speed rear hub, with drum brakes front and rear, to handle the modest climbs and descents of either a daily commute or errand run.
The Breukelen is also hooked up with a dynamo-powered headlamp, which means a worry free ride no matter the time of day or night. The Breukelen, like all proper Dutch bikes is fitted with a fully enclosed chain case, a rear wheel lock, a skirt guard, a bright rear light, and a sturdy rear carrying rack as well!
MSRP for the Breukelen is $1,169. It comes in several sizes: step-through frames (like that pictured above) come in 53 and 56cm frame sizes; classic frames come in either 54 or 58cm frame sizes.
Flying Pigeon LA is a specialty bike retailer located at 3404 N. Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90065. Our phone number is 213-909-8986 but you’re better off trying to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We stock Flying Pigeon bicycles (of course), our “Deluxe” line of Flying Pigeons, Batavus, Gazelle, Pashley, Biomega, Achielle, Torker, Velorbis, and Nihola Family bikes. Our accessories include the Bobike Mini/Maxi/Junior line, Design House Stockholm baskets, Pocampo Bags, Basil bags & baskets, various rear wheel locks from AXA & Abus, a select line of tires from Schwalbe, saddles and other goodies from Velo Orange and Brooks and loads of other good stuff.