Now that Pinkie is gone, I’m counting the days until I get my new Batavus even more closely than I was before. (Looked for a little countdown ticker to put in the sidebar, but they all seemed to be for weddings and pregnancies.**) Here’s the current breakdown:
63 days until I ride my Batavus for the first time.
80 days until the Batavus arrives in the US, courtesy of my parents and United Airlines (fingers crossed — the “United Airlines” portion of this itinerary makes me very nervous).
85 days until I can get to Alabama to pick him up.
63 days doesn’t sound so bad, but 85 seems like a loooong time. Sigh. Reading this interview with Batavus’ export manager Ralph Prins made me even more eager to get my new bike. I knew Batavus made quality bikes, but I had no idea that they were such a green company (water-based paints, water-treatment facility on site, and a factory powered by wind/water/solar energy). Makes me feel good to be giving them so much of my hard-earned money.
I was also intrigued by the mention of two new bikes designed specifically for the US market. Would I regret jumping at the Entrada? Here are a couple of screen caps from Batavus’ 2009 catalog, which I found on the Fourth Floor website:
Survey says…nope. While they’re both beautiful bikes, and the Breukelen has specs similar to my Entrada Spirit (possibly why that model is left out of the catalog?), my bike was a much better deal, and I like the cheerful blue color. Plus, the experience of riding it in England is going to be half the fun!
As for those 85 days, I am working on something to tide me over. More details TK. Anyone else have experience with Batavus bikes?
**ETA: Thanks to Jen for unearthing a bike-related countdown ticker, which is currently gracing the sidebar. :)