Bike Lust

While I anxiously await the completion of repairs to my bike, my thoughts are also on the purchase of a second bike.   

They do say that the formula that indicates the ideal number of bikes to own is n+1, where ‘n’ is the current number of bikes you have. With that in mind, I’m seriously considering getting myself a second bike, to supplement the Cube Hyde hybrid that has given faithful service for the last 3 or so years.

A second ride seems especially important at the moment, as I’m wholly dependant upon my bike to get to work each day. I’m making do at the moment with a loan of my fiancée’s bike, but in an ideal world I’d prefer to ride a bike that actually fits me – and that’s not so pink!

But unlike most people, as they get more serious about cycling, I’m not looking to get a bike that’s faster and lighter. If anything I’m probably going in the opposite direction, and will get one that’s slower and heavier. You see I’m rather drawn to the Dutch style of bikes, with a upright riding position – where the emphasis is much more on utility and style, rather than speed.

Bobbin Monsieur
Bobbin Monsieur

I’ve been on the look out for my ideal Dutch bike for a while now, and have considered and dismissed a bunch of different options. But I think I’ve finally found one that fulfils all my requirements, both in terms of practicality and style – and that’s the Bobbin Monsieur.

The Bobbin has the upright riding position I want, together with a comfortable Brooks leather saddle, a useful 5-speed set of hub-gears, and a very nice aesthetic.

The bike retails for about £570 in the UK, which equates to about €670 here in Ireland. And I’ve also found a newly-established Bobbin dealership here in Dublin at cyclebike who are happy to order in the bike for me.

Now all I need to do is find the money!

Richard Bloomfield

Richard is the founder of Dublin Bike Blog. He commutes to work every day by bike, come rain or shine, on his Dutch city bike. You can read more from Richard on his blog

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