Søren is in at Clever Cycles having a bit of a tune-up on the rear hub, so they loaned me a Batavus Old Dutch to use in the meantime. I had been interested to try one out, so I was happy to have the chance.
At first, I was surprised by how different the frame setup was. You sit higher on the Batavus, and the handlebars are much closer to your body. After riding it for a couple of days, I think I still prefer the frame setup of the Amsterdam, but the Batavus feels a little more solidly constructed. I would, however, be interested in getting some slightly narrower handlebars for Søren, more like the Batavus has.
Hopefully Søren will be done tomorrow, and I’ll be able to get in some good miles on my newly built wheel.
Happy hot, sunny weekend, all!