akmal's bike park

akmal's bike park

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Batavus in the Yard

I went down from FPSO Ruby II yesterday afternoon, and I saw this beauty chained (heavy gauge) to the staircase tower next to Allseas Audacia, a pipelay vessel. A quick research revealed that it's a little stripped down Batavus Favoriet. It's a classic Dutch bike, with a touch of modern production. A modern classic.

It looks sturdy. I like the design of the pannier rack, rear stand, tail light, nurse lock (it has something like 'chip locked' scribed upon), pedals and the chain cover. No brake levers on the handlebar, because it's using coaster brake. The only item adorning the handlebar is a safety bell. Look at the tail light - the size is big enough and quite practical for city rides. The standard unit is equipped with 3 speed SRAM internal hub gear. Standard weight? A hefty 22.3kg.

The price? A little less than $850 Canadian Dollars. Modernly priced, indeed.

photo credits: Ilias Mohamad Radzi and Batavus

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