For years I've been drooling over bikes like Pashley princess Sovereign, but am I wrong to think 1k is a bit ott for a bike? I'm looking for a black dutch bikes (preferably with the old light) can anybody recommend a good shop around Dublin to buy one?
My budget is around €350 and may go a bit higher if the bike is that special
But your budget is definitely too low.
There's a place on Ormond Quay called Angel Cycles that seems to do that kind of thing. Popped my head in once, owner seemed sound, chatty and knowledgeable about what was needed for a basic, bulletproof urban bike, and sticked loads of bikes of the type that would have my girlfriend once again asking if she could fit a basket to her race bike.
She can't, before you ask. It's me or the basket, simple as.
Genuine dutch bikes at a great price from one of irelands best ever women cyclists http://www.prettypennybikes.com/
€269 that's the best value I've seen in this country, I brought a new omafiets back from the Netherlands a while back only cost €120 over there and then €40 to take it on the plane.
I don't know where bearcycles get off on charging that kind of money for such a basic bike, insane money.
I'm using Internet Explorer and have never got that website to work - but managed to get this using the search engine
http://www.prettypennybikes.com/bikes shows the image of one for €269.
Ohhh it does look nice! I'll drop them an email soon. May I ask how heavy/ durable is your omafiets? I'll mainly be using it to cycle to college and into town but I must admit I am not that strong to be carrying a 40lb bike like some of the dutch bikes
Thanks for the replies everyone, I'll try drop into Angel Cruisers next weekend but I think Pretty Penny are more what I'm looking for lookwise.
It's great, very low maintenance. Mine is a single speed so it can be a bit of a chore on the odd incline but the one advertised there looks like it has gears.
Mine also has a coaster brake which takes a bit of getting used to. They also come with all the stuff handy for swanning about town as standard, very good lights, mud guards, chain guard, skirt guard and an inbuilt rear wheel lock.
The riding position is much more upright so you're less inclined to race along, its quite a relaxed way of cycling.
If I were you i'd take that bike out for a test cycle see if you're okay with the weight, I don't think you'll have a problem though I highly recommend them.
The coaster brake is great for me, I grew up in Germany so when I came back to ireland I always looked like a loola panicing trying to slow down a bike by peddling backwards, everybody though I was crazy.
I'm a big fan of the coaster brake. My only criticism of dutch bikes in Ireland is that because about of stop/starting, traffic lights and having to interact with general traffic when cycling in Ireland that the extra weight can be slightly annoying.
In the Netherlands or other places with decent segregated road design you don't have to stop when going straight on t-junctions or when going left at a junction (right in Ireland) and there are cycle specific traffic lights to aid continuous cycle traffic flow so there's less 'stop/start'.
Dutch company selling what seems to the same bike for only a little less:
Seems like just with road bikes, different components can increase the cost? Or is there something else here?
Here's one virtually the same for €199
Maybe because the one you've linked is listed as 'handmade' might explain the extra cost but I really don't know.
The Dutch people I know would even balk at paying €199, for an everyday bike most people would have a second hand bike which you'd pick up at one of the thousands of bike shops on every street for €50-€80.
I've seen a few expensive brands around like Cortina which are quite good
But the majority of bikes are regular cheap omafiets and I think people would think you were insane if you spent €719 on one.
FYI the dutch version of ebay is http://www.marktplaats.nl/ loads of bike shops list their stuff there, definitely the cheapest place to find a dutch bike.
No idea of the relative value, but they sell some very attractive looking Dutch bikes and cargo bikes at the weekend market in Marlay park.