Before you continue your search, it’s important to first realize whether you’re looking for a bike with or without gears. The advantages of having gears are clear: you’ll cycle up a hill easier, can shift gears when there’s headwind, and can accelerate quickly at traffic lights. Bikes with seven gears are particularly popular, but if you’re planning on cycling in the Ardennes or Alpes, you’ll probably want a few more gears. A bike without gears also has its advantages: what you haven’t got, can’t break. And that can be especially nice if you occasionally visit an overcrowded bike shed.
Coaster brakes or hand brakes?
Bikes with hand brakes may be the most popular nowadays, plenty of Dutchies actively choose to have a bike with coaster brakes. Such a braking system using back-pedalling is extremely strong, barely breaks, and therefore doesn’t require much maintenance/upkeep. On hilly terrain that requires lots of braking, you’re best off choosing hand brakes. They’re able to handle more.
Test your bike first
Did you know that you can effortlessly test your bike at Gazelle? You can test our bikes at a Gazelle store nearby. Not only city bikes, transport bikes, and sport bikes, but our electric bikes are also available.