I broke down and bought a real Dutch bike. Sunday I was in Chicago and stopped at the Dutch Bike Co. and tried out a Workcycles Oma. I have had my eye on the different Dutch bikes for a long time and this one had all the features I wanted.
I must admit that for me a big selling point of this bike is how great it looks. I feel almost like I am rolling around Copenhagen or Amsterdam when I ride this. I never even test rode a standard “men’s” frame because I really prefer the ability to just step on a bike for short trips. It seems so civilized not to have to lift you leg like a male dog every time you get on and off a bike. The bike has Shimano Nexus internal eight speed rear hub and a from Nexus generator hub. Front and rear brakes are roller cam, which is great for winter riding and extremely low maintenance. Of course there is a super wide double kick stand too.
I will give a full review of how the bike rides after I have had it for a while. But initial thoughts are that it is pretty smooth. The fat tires and steel frame probably have a lot to do with that, but the suspended Brooks saddle helps take the edge off some of the pot holes too.
The full chain case is a crucial element every great European-style commuter bike. I have looked inside chain cases on bikes that were many years old, and the chain is still nice and clean. There is an easy way to lube the chain that I will show in a later post some day. Now the Dutch panniers I bought in Amsterdam have a real heavy-duty rack to hang on/ An adult can easily sit on this rack without bending it.
The full coverage fenders and mud flap are also something I have come to want on all my commuter bikes. I typically run Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires because they are virtually flat-proof. The Oma came with the less hardy standard Marathons. I may upgrade those too if I get a flat. Removing the rear wheel on this bike is a bit of a pain. I prefer not to get flats and simply eliminate the need to deal with it.