365 Days of Batavus

April 18 marked the one-year anniversary of the day I met the Bat in Littlehampton, England. Dottie was with me for the first ride, of course!

Bikes by the sea

You can read all about that day here.

The bike made it to U.S. shores in early May of 2009, courtesy of my lovely parents (story here). Since then, we’ve enjoyed all four seasons together, as shown in the photos below.


Dottie and The Bat on our Garden Party Ride


The autumn leaves . . .


And back to spring!

I really need to take more scenic photos of my bike this year

One year in, I still think the Bat was the best bicycle bargain ever. My fellow Americans, the pound is pretty low again these days. It might be time to start trolling the clearance sections of your favorite British bicycle shops and contemplating a summer vacation. :)

  • donna

    Curbside Cycle in Toronto carries them also

  • http://knittinglemonade.blogspot.com Kara

    Happy Anniversary! You two make a lovely pair! I have a feeling you are going to have many happy years to come.

  • http://flyingpigeon-la.com Flying Pigeon LA

    Thanks for blogging about your Batavus! It can be a bit lonely being the only Dutch bike shop in LA, but I hope that in a few years we’ll have established a different kind of shop around transportation cyclists such as yourself.

    Keep up the riding and enjoy your bike. You’ve got many happy years ahead of with you with that one.

  • http://www.academichic.com Academichic

    Trisha, what a beautiful bike! And I loved the story of how your parents brought it back to the US, especially the part about it being swabbed all over with cotton swabs at security :) I hope you two enjoy many more rides together! S

  • http://www.bikebike.ca Sean

    Batavus makes amazing bicycles and yours is quite lovely! We cannot seem to keep our “Bats” in stock for very long as Calgarians are beginning to finally appreciate the style and functionality of these amazing bikes!

    Keep riding!

  • neighbourtease

    Happy 1st birthday!

  • Scott

    It’s true! This is a good time to buy British bike stuff. I bought a rapha cap, and my lady is considering a pashley. Maybe I will find a good price on a brooks B18 for her: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/saddles/brooks-b18.html.

  • http://www.portlandize.com Dave

    Happy Anniversary! Glad to see you’ve enjoyed your time with the Batavus, I’m sure it’s seen its fair share over the year :) Here’s to many more years of cycling bliss!

  • http://lovelybike.blogspot.com Lovely Bicycle!

    Happy Adoption Day to the Bat : ) He(?) seems like a loyal, reliable friend – not to mention handsome!

  • http://www.naturallycyclingmanchester.wordpress.com Lorenza

    Happy Anniversary! My first year with Pashley will be the 30th of June! How does time go fast eh?! :D it’s quite amazing how a great bike can make such a huge difference in one’s life! <3 L xxx

  • http://letsgorideabike.com Dottie

    Happy Birthday to you…Happy Birthday to you…Happy Birthday, Dear Batavus…Happy Birthday to you! And many more.

    Good times!!

  • http://www.bitshred.com David

    What are the advantages of such a bike?

  • Tinker

    The Batavus Personal Delivery is sort of a (rich) cousin, to my Torker Cargo T.

    Advantages, upright riding position, so you can see and be seen easily, and ride comfortably, without keeping your neck/back bent, and it is a remarkably stable, comfortable ride. The bicycle lasts just about forever, the equipment is specced to last for 40 years or so. It comes equipped for a commuter/utility/transport ride from the factory, with fenders, lights, racks and all that.

    Its an exceptionally graceful bike, so it makes you happy as you ride. And really, what more could you ask for?