Many people come to our site in search of information about Dutch bikes. It’s pretty shocking that there’s not more out there–even on YouTube, it took a while to turn up videos featuring Batavus bikes. Here are a few of my favorites.
The first is charmingly retro, with a man in a straw hat puttering around on his Old Dutch (step-through!). It presents life as a series of choices and I guess he chooses the bike…but mostly I like seeing the bicycle infrastructure, including designated lights and paths, and the posse of bikes outside the grocery store, locked with O-locks only! Also, the music will stick in your head (sorry).
The second is your more typical gimmicky commercial, and features a sportier bicycle model…possibly a Personal Bike? The quality is too poor to tell.
It also has the added benefit of verifying the pronunciation of “Batavus.” I was stressing the wrong syllable!
Moving on to the totally random. Perhaps an international reader can tell me why this guy is stumbling around on a hill carrying his bike?
And whether this is an actual commercial or, as I suspect, a fan video? Either way, I cannot resist posting something set to the soundtrack of “Eye of the Tiger.”
Finally, a non-Batavus bonus: this clip of the Azor Oma factory. Check out the guy truing the wheel by hand, or the steam bath where they test the rust-resistance of the components. That’s quality.
(Is it me or is there a Batavus in that showroom? Do any Azors have that kind of chain case?)
Have you discovered any cycling online video treasures? Besides our video, of course. :)