Meet A New Workcycles Opafiets Owner

Two happy Workcycles bike owners

Two happy Workcycles bike owners

I received an email from Patrick a few weeks ago, asking about my Workcycles Omafiets.  It seems that Patrick had just started riding a bike again here in Chicago, didn’t really like his hybrid, and after some researching, and test rides, was about set to buy himself a Workcycles Opafiets. Then he read a post I wrote about biking in Omaha Nebraska, the city he was getting ready to move to, and he got concerned that this bike he really wanted might not be the right bike for him. While I have to say that I totally love Dutch bikes, I did express my reservations about riding a heavy Dutch bike up and down the hills of Omaha Nebraska.  In the end though, Patrick went with what he wanted and bought a Dutch Opafiets!  Even more fun was that  I was over at the new Chicago location of the Dutch Bike Company the day that Patrick picked up his new bike before shipping it off to Omaha.

Patrick and his Workcycles Opafiets

Patrick and his Workcycles Opafiets

We talked a bit about downtown Omaha – where he’ll be living – and the increase in biking and bike-friendly infrastructure that the city has seen in the last couple of years. I’ m hoping Patrick will be sending me some pictures of himself riding his new Dutch bike around my hometown. Stay tuned for more stories from another happy Workcycles owner!

Opa and Omafiets

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  • http://www.stevevance.net/planning Steven Vance

    I haven’t been to the new Dutch Bike Co. store yet. 

  • Vsnare

    Hi Ms. Ding! I am very happy with the Opa. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments and double-takes from Chicago to Omaha. Ride quality is great and I can’t complain at all. But you were right to warn me, I am having some issues with some hills here in Omaha. I might just go ahead and change rear wheel cog to get a more relaxed ride on the steeper hills. I will be sure to send you an update and some pictures soon. Thanks for your help!

    • http://dingdingletsride.com Ms. Ding

      Hey there! I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying the bike and all the attention – these bikes do cause a bit of a stare, especially I’m guessing, in a city like Omaha where they are even more rare than Chicago! Your idea for changing out the gearing sounds interesting – you’ll have to keep up updated! Enjoy your Opa and enjoy Omaha! And yes, send pictures!

    • Maggie

      I have to ride up hills everyday here in SoCal (Of course, I get to ride down them too!)  I changed out the rear wheel cog on my old, heavy Gazelle.  You’ll never fly up the hills, but for me, changing out the cog definitely made a difference.

      • http://dingdingletsride.com Ms. Ding

        Good to know! I can imagine you would need the extra help on those hills with a Gazelle too.