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The "Upright" Bicycle

In the Netherlands, The most common type of bicycle are opafiets. Meaning you sit perpendicular to the road.

This is because they are primarily used for easy, quick transportation as opposed to sport or recreation as in the UK/US.

It is an inefficient position that does not transmit maximum power into the crank shaft.

Instead it is comfortable.

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Benefits of an Opafiet for Commuting

  • Upright position = better visability and sight lines = safer in traffic
  • position allows for any clothing to be worn e.g clothing guard/chain guard
  • step through frame = easy mounting/dismounting 
  • chain-guard protects chains from weathering
  • frame lock/chain lock are in-built = convienent safe storage 
  • front/rear fender = protects from rain
  • rear/front rack = useful for transporting goods/other people
  • heavy duty materials = not for speed but to last/low maintence
  • inhub gears = low maintence
  • coaster breaks vs hand breaks = low maintence/cable-free

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