Meet Oma! My New Dutch Bike Finally Arrives!

My New Axor WorkCycles Oma

My New Axor WorkCycles Oma

Yes, I haven’t posted anything lately, and I promise to rectify that situation quickly with a lot of posts about the BikeWinter Chicago kick-off meeting,  the ThinkBike workshop, and  first off, the arrival of my new bike! This blog was inspired not only by our search for a suitably adapted bike for Little Ding, but also by my search for the perfect city bike for me – a Dutch bike! I test rode a variety of bikes and decided that I wanted a step-through Oma WorkCycles bike. The Dutch Bike Co., here in Chicago imports bikes from WorkCycles but they did not have any taller frames in stock (57cm, 61cm). I’m 6ft tall , and the smaller frames that they did have in stock did not feel quite right. When I rode a 57cm Opa, which was fairly close to the bike I wanted, I knew that I should wait for the right-sized bike. They had placed an order for literally a boat-load of bikes, so all I had to do was wait. It was a longer wait than I expected but it was worth it.

This bike rides like a dream – it is the smoothest ride AND I can haul a lot of groceries, gear, whatever. I think I’ll get a basket for the front – looking for a square wicker basket with a lid. Oma has 8 gears, drum brakes, hub dynamo lights front and back, fenders and skirt guard, a mud-flap, a rear-rack with bungee straps, a Brooks leather saddle, and of course, a bell! You’ll notice that I’ve added a ‘beer’ rack in front – yes, that’s what they told me it’s called – it’s easily removable. It’s going to be a great bike for Chicago – just look for me this winter cruising around on my Oma.

My and My New Omafiets

My and My New Omafiets

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