Bike Love at the Grocery Store

Workcycles Oma Dutch Bike

Workcycles Oma Dutch Bike

So I had to make a stop at the grocery store last night, and as I cruised around the front of the store looking for a parking spot for my bike, I spied this lovely bike at the bike rack.

I though to myself ; “Brooks saddle, front and back fenders, hub dynamo lights, that distinctive swoop, why this must be a WorkCycles Oma! Even though Dutch bikes have become more popular in the states, and there are now three bike shops on the near north and northwest side of the city that sell said bikes, you still don’t see many in Chicago – they stand out. As I found a spot to lock up my bike I saw someone looking at me looking at the bike. “Is that your bike”,  I inquired?  He confirmed that it was.  Then he immediately informed me that the Oma “changed his life.”  And he was someone who rode bikes before his purchase of the Oma. Well,  he was speaking to the choir – I’m a big WorkCycles fan and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my own Oma sometime in the next month or so.

He swears he has put about 10,000 miles on his Oma! He is on his 2nd set of tires and had to replace the rear rim after a particularly nasty pothole bent the original.  The bike looks like it’s an everyday bike that can keep going and going…..just what I want in the next bike I purchase.  I sheepishly asked him if I could take a few pictures for my blog – he was surprised and said “sure!”  Then he asked me if I had ever read the blog Lets Go Ride A Bike. Well of course I had, I told him with a smile – it’s a great blog that I discovered while I was doing research for my own Dutch bike purchase.   Seems he and Dottie got their bikes about the same time and Dottie’s tales of her first winter riding the Oma eerily mirrored his own winter, and he’s even been featured on their blog once or twice. Oh the world is small, isn’t it?

Felt Curbside Bike

Felt Curbside Bike

There was another bike locked up next to his and even though it was not an upright city-style bike, I have to say it was a rather good-looking bike, as well as a brand I was quite unfamiliar with. Turns out it’s a Felt bike – their Curbside model. A very pretty fixie bike .

Soon, oh so soon,  I’ll have an Oma to call my own.  Until then, I’ll just have to stare at other people’s bikes.

WorkCycles Oma

WorkCycles Oma Bike

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