Batavus BUB on the Way

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A very well talked about bike at Interbike in the upright, euro style, bikes was the Batavus BUB, or Batavus Utility Bike.  The bike has a “paper clip” look to it but holds all the function and design that we know of Batavus.

From Bespoke :
The Batavus BUB is the classic omafiets-meets-Rem Koolhaus. Expressively modern, the Batavus BUB (Batavus Utility Bike) deconstructs the classic Batavus omafiets while constructing a more cosmopolitan – yet equally iconic – iteration of the classic Batavus bike.  True to the essence of the original, classic Batavus bike, the BUB keeps clothing clean, the rider comfortable, and maintenance to an absolute minimum while eschewing nostalgia. The Batavus BUB design presupposes the currents present in Dutch architecture, urbanism, and contemporary design and establishes itself as a new icon.

At a mere $550 the BUB is pure Dutch quality. Everything is present. The chain is completely covered. The gears and brakes are completely internal. The riding position is straight-up, allowing for clear safety sightlines and less visits to the chiropractor. The frame is light enough to take indoors, but durable enough to be stored outside all year in a tough Northeast winter. Like an Eames chair, the design is thoroughly urbane, recalling the clever tricks of Dutch architects and a measure of frivolity admist stern Calvinist practicality. A smashing success in previews throughout Europe, the BUB challenges North American designers to innovate function into form while pushing the native Dutch bike industry to challenge its inbred insularity.

Shortly, Bike Shop Girl will have a BUB for our reviewing pleasure.  Be bopping downtown, the daily commute and the daily life is what the review will be about.  If you have request, questions or any thing else you would like out of the review please let us know!

Links for your reading/research pleasure:

Los Angelos Cycle Chic
Bespoke
Joe Bike

7 Comments

  • I think the “paperclip” design is an innovative way to do a unisex frame, and might actually be successful – in comparison to other step-through frames that are stubbornly perceived as “women’s frames” in most areas of the world despite their intentions to be unisex. This is a great idea and I’d love to see one of these bicycles in person.

  • Jan Ryan says:

    With the weight and only three speeds how is it on hills?

    • Bike Shop Girl says:

      Jan –

      I haven’t received the bicycle yet. I should in the next could days though, and will reply once I have a better answer

  • Jan Ryan says:

    Thx!

  • Tinker says:

    I on the other hand have a similar, but opposite problem. I have short legs apparently for my height, and a long upper body, whic means NOTHING is made to fit me. (I am 6 feet tall, and wear tall shirts/jackets/coats, and have about a 30″ inseam.) Is there a bicycle that fits this combination? (Don’t forget to account for the arthritic hips, shoulders and lower back, which force me to ride in an upright position, whether I want to or not.) Also, I should also specify, I need 26″ wheels and tires, as only they can support my weight (300-350 pounds.) So if it says 700C, don’t even start. 26×2.35″ or wider? Check!

    I guess I need a the rear wheel of a Cadillac Fleetwood cruiser, with the nuvinci CVPT. This tranny is a lot more flexible than an alfine transmission, but, yes, it weighs more. Throw in the fenders and rearview mirrors (I’m accustomed to riding a motorcycle, more than a bicycle, so I am used to the right side grip being the rear brake, and a PAIR of rear view Mirrors that can’t view past my shoulders, except in a sharp turn.)

    And then I have to transplant that rear wheel/shifter combination, on to some sort of Nirve (possibly) Lowrider, with an extremely long top bar. Any other suggestions?

    • brad mccarty says:

      Tinker,
      I have a long top and short bottom also, but with short arms. I find that a shorter (not longer) top tube and higher stem and lots of seat post set-back work best.

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