Why Dutch Bikes are Better (and why you should want one)

8 Feb 2021
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The Dutch-style bicycle, an upright bicycle designed for comfort - not sport - is commonplace in the Netherlands. But they're incredibly rare in many other countries.

This video explores why these bicycles are so useful, practical, and comfortable.

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0:00 Intro
0:05 Omafiets & Practical Bicycles
0:49 Other bicycles in the Netherlands
1:10 Upright riding
2:20 Step-through frames
3:07 Coat guard and chain guard
3:34 Frame locks
5:07 Fenders, kickstands, & racks
6:05 In-hub gearing
6:28 Coaster brakes
7:12 Tires & tubes
7:39 Dynamos & bells
8:08 Upright bikes in Canada
9:14 Summary & Conclusion
10:03 Patreon shout-out
10:15 Outro

  • Everybody know why they're called women's bikes. That's not the question I asked. The question was, why are they STILL called women's bikes? That's a stupid, outdated term, and "step-through" is a more accurate and useful description.

    Not Just BikesNot Just BikesVor 5 Monate
    • @Not Just Bikesas a Dutch weirdo, I prefer a mountain bike over an “oma fiets”, I need to bike 10 km to school every day, so speed is preferred. plus, when I ride an “oma fiets”, my wrists and shoulders start to hurt after a while…

      l'Depressionl'DepressionVor 2 Stunden
    • And the answer for that is tradition. You won't start calling a TV something else because the tele doesn't apply to it anymore.

      Máté KovácsMáté KovácsVor 2 Stunden
    • Because it’s not necessary to change everything just because some people think we need to. “Men’s” and “Women”s” bikes have been terms that have been around since we were born and work perfectly well for describing whether a bike has an upper bar or not. As you said yourself, everyone knows why they are called that, so what’s the problem? Changing terminology is how we lose knowledge of history. This way, people will be reminded that, at one time, women almost never wore pants. A little bit of historical knowledge that places things in perspective. That is the problem with trying to change “outdated” language. It leads to people becoming unaware of history and how things were not always as they are today.

      Gillian OrleyGillian OrleyVor 18 Stunden
    • @L.V.C What the fuck are you even talking about? I'm Canadian and I never said anything about American politics or misogyny. Go touch grass and book a therapist appointment. You're disturbed, lol.

      JakeJakeVor 2 Tage
    • Because changing the name of a piece of tech is darn near impossible

      Dirk DykstraDirk DykstraVor 2 Tage
  • I’ll stick to my sporty road bike. Whatever floats your boat

    Adam LAdam LVor 6 Stunden
  • Ah, finally a video about bicycle not as a sports tool.

    Fin HasFin HasVor 7 Stunden
  • I still like my hand brakes better. When I'm waiting for the stoplight I can put my padels the way I like to take off when the light is green.

    Django GroenDjango GroenVor 13 Stunden
  • I live in the american mid west up hill through massive suburbs, you have to travil far to work so gears are necessary to get there in a reasonable time and it more like youre doing sports stuff when your not using the roads so. A comuter bike being a sports bike lines up with the enviromen. If i was in a city then maby a gramma bike would be somewhat nicer but infistucture is not realy there for bikes, making you go off road

    Frizzard VelnomFrizzard VelnomVor 19 Stunden
    • @Mike Brandt with your help i ment off-road bike

      Frizzard VelnomFrizzard VelnomVor 10 Stunden
    • I think you meant "road bike". Sports bikes are motorcycles.

      Mike BrandtMike BrandtVor 12 Stunden
  • I'd cycle more if it was safe.... I DO have a step-through bike but it still doesn't let me sit fully upright like this. Unfortunately it would be absolutely useless where I live because there's almost no flat places. Everywhere is a hill.

    MisschiefLolzMisschiefLolzVor 21 Stunde
  • Grow up! What a children's toy

    g hqg hqVor 21 Stunde
  • 10/10 wpjod not recommend this bike for jump lines and down hill trails but other than that it's good for casual riding

    monkesoldiernumber69monkesoldiernumber69Vor 23 Stunden
  • 2:47 cause they are stronger for bigger and heavier ppl

    ruz the wizardoruz the wizardoVor Tag
  • Where do you buy them in Australia?

    Dickson Electric CityDickson Electric CityVor Tag
  • Me being a Dutch person using a mountainbike or roadbike for my daily commute

    jot621jot621Vor Tag
  • 5:40 "No SUV Required" StarCraft players : "Ah!, you scared me"

    roisahudroisahudVor Tag
  • A lot of these features are common on Chinese bicycles too!

    English With KristinEnglish With KristinVor Tag
  • I wish there were lanes next to streets for bicycles to ride on without either riding on sidewalks and risk hitting people walking out of stores or ride IN traffic hoping no one runs you over and blames you for not owning or driving a car like everyone else. Also like other people have mentioned, hills are exhausting with any kind of bicycle, but particularly this kind. If I lived in a city on mostly flatland I'd try to buy this style of bike for myself and save gas.

    Noah RyanNoah RyanVor Tag
  • SOLD! Too bad I can't buy one.

    Dingfelder SmurfalotDingfelder SmurfalotVor Tag
  • it looks slow, clunky and heavy... not fun to ride at all but thats just for my tastes

    NephrisNephrisVor Tag
  • Come to India

    ALIALIVor Tag
  • I restored an old Gazelle "A" I found on the streets of Berlin, Sadly even with three Sturmey Archer gears, it proved useless when I moved aboard a canal boat in the UK, too many hills, no decent paths! I miss that old thing, I have some 35mm footage of it on my channel.

    KinematographerKinematographerVor Tag
  • Who needs gears in such a flat country anyway…

    Daniel HristovDaniel HristovVor Tag
    • Not all of the Netherlands is flat, the South is very hilly.

      BroziusBroziusVor Tag
  • I used to have a bike just like that. Step-through frame, frame lock, aluminum fenders, kickstand, rear rack, 3-speed in-hub gearing. Then I became a teenager and hated it because wanted to look cool.

    JWJWVor Tag
  • Never even heard of coaster brakes before. My mind is genuinely kinda blown. The only brakes I knew of were the handlebar levers, though when I was a kid the most common method of braking was just to coast and then use your shoes. (Which was the last time I even rode a bike, and even then it was where my grandparents lived which was rather rural.)

    LexieAssassinLexieAssassinVor Tag
    • Trans rights

      EmieEmieVor 15 Stunden
  • I hate not being able to see the dislikes. How on Earth does this only have 95k likes?

    David William HazbounDavid William HazbounVor Tag
  • It comes down to what you need the bike for. If you are comiting in a flat city of cource these are the best. The fact that there is no front brake is scary to me though.

    Marko NikolicMarko NikolicVor Tag
  • My family had a Dutch-style bicycle when I was young. We didn't call it that in the US. To us it was an older style of bike like from the 1950s or something. I was always confused on why we had it. In our area, it was rural and hilly and we experienced hot, humid summers. A bike like this was a sweat machine. The newer lighter bikes were much better for the hill climbs.

    Mark NCMark NCVor Tag
  • Someone tell me something bad about this bike.

    Kenneth LynesKenneth LynesVor Tag
  • When i got on such a bike it was the most confusing experience I couldn't go as fast or the steering was offputting I'm used to pushing down on the handlebar to turn it not pull on it to turn

    Kylze polaczkowatyKylze polaczkowatyVor 2 Tage
  • "Dutch bikes are better and you would want one." Me looking at my Cannondale Synapse: "I don't wanna play with you anymore."

    Dan LazaroDan LazaroVor 2 Tage
  • From a neighbour's perspective i say: "Welcome to the Netherlands, a fascinating state in many aspects and qualities!" - Dutch bicycles are among the heaviest you can ride. This doesn't matter there, 1/4 of the mainland Netherlands is BELOW the sea level. The highest "mountain" is 322 meters high... Those who ride one often hold to to it for dear life. At least as long as nothing is wrong with the rear wheel! Cheers from germany from one who was stolen his only dutch cycle

    MessieAsMessieAsVor 2 Tage
  • So glad I have a truck lol

    Si1entKiller99Si1entKiller99Vor 2 Tage
    • Can't cycle can you?

      BroziusBroziusVor Tag
  • I have a omafiets its fast not complicated and your posture , so how you sit is very good for your body. You can sit straight and have full control of your steering. You are not bending your body like a pretzel to bike.

  • Never rode a classic schwinn? like peewee herman style bikes old school, those are some cadillacs of bikes. I think the newer ones might ride just as good cant say for sure, but a friend of mine restores these bikes and they are awesome.

    RollackRollackVor 2 Tage
  • Dutch bikes are good , but , the roads / cycling paths in my country are no less than mountain trails. So I would buy a MTB

    Ravindra ChandweRavindra ChandweVor 2 Tage
  • I like the kickstands, step-through frames of these bikes, and also how cheap they tend to be (thus not a target for theft) The braking and steering and limited range of gearing I don't much care for. This style of bike is actually pretty popular in East Asia from my experience.

    codediporpalcodediporpalVor 2 Tage
  • It's a dream of mine to live in the Netherlands

    Travis DavisTravis DavisVor 2 Tage
  • Se llama bicicleta playera mamerto

    Valentino y Stefano De SantiValentino y Stefano De SantiVor 2 Tage
  • I have 2... Greetings from Suriname

    Student 43013Student 43013Vor 2 Tage
  • I own one of those (living in Germany). And it's an irreplaceable part of my daily life

    TristiTristiVor 2 Tage
  • Was waiting for the backwards pedal brakes thing 👌 not from the neatherlands but i seriously refuse to use a bike with only hand brakes

    Louie GalaxyLouie GalaxyVor 2 Tage
  • Everything stated in the videos had been existed in China since the late 1800s and the entire 1900s and into the early 2000s.

    J FJ FVor 2 Tage
  • I appreciate the practical features on these bikes, but have never understood those handlebars. They put you in such a weak and comprised position.

    Gareth JonesGareth JonesVor 2 Tage
    • Actually they put you in a relax position.

      BroziusBroziusVor 2 Tage
  • I learned on a similar style bike when I was a kid. It had all those features of a Dutch rad, except it had no carry rack although it did have a front metal basket. And it weighed a ton!

    C BaileyC BaileyVor 2 Tage
  • I do not like handbrakes. I have very small hands compared to an average person and I can barely use hand brakes since they are so far away.

    Viken emmaViken emmaVor 2 Tage
  • if i cant do a wheelie on it then i dont want it

    Rmn ENT.Rmn ENT.Vor 2 Tage
  • Everything changes when industrialization in Indonesia took over commute bike to sport only

    NoilyNoilyVor 2 Tage
  • Don’t know about today, but when I lived in Japan in the 1990s everyone used these kind of bikes to get around there as well.

    GollumsFishGollumsFishVor 2 Tage
  • More propaganda from the Dutch bike companies

    VaporgabeVaporgabeVor 2 Tage
    • Yep and finally some propaganda that is true.

      BroziusBroziusVor 2 Tage
  • 2:44 I lost at least half my braincells accidently getting kicked by my dad if he had to take me and the car was getting repaired

    JuliaaaniumJuliaaaniumVor 2 Tage
  • I had such a laugh riding round amsterdam on these bikes one of my mates got his wheels stuck in 1 of the tram lines and stacked it great memories

    Luke -1-Luke -1-Vor 2 Tage
  • We can't ride bikes here in the U.S. We are too fat.

    Jackson TJackson TVor 2 Tage
  • I really don't like this "pedal backwards" style of brake, but that might just be me. I'd also consider gears essential but I live in Austria and need to go up and down considerable hills even in my relatively large city which probably isn't a problem over in the Netherlands. The only thing I don't quite understand about the dutch bike (you can get similar enough ones here) are the chainguards. Have the dutch invented some way to make sure the chain doesn't come off all the time? I have to reseat the chain on my bike probably every other day but since there is nothing in the way I pick up a small stick or something and pop it back within ten seconds. I feel like that would take me way longer (and possibly require some tools?) if there was this guard in my way.

    ZestricZestricVor 2 Tage
    • @ANDJELINA Me too.Learned to ride at 7. Started riding on the road at about 12. Rode for about 10k km on the roads and than started MTB. I agree that you should anticipatate situations in trafic, but you still need a front brake if you get up to any serious speed. Front brake saved me from crashing in multiple situations. Your statement sounds like saying: "Brakes on my car are not really working well but it's ok I will predict dangerous situations and brake earlier". Ever tried slowing down the bike gooing at 40km/h using only the back brake? It takes ages...

      Marko NikolicMarko NikolicVor 6 Minuten
    • @Marko Nikolic If you break with the front you can spin forward and fall actually making a spin and fall. If you are going fast. So its not safe. The best thing you can do is anticipate traffic in front of you and slow down first. I have been biking since I am 6. So I get it.

    • @ANDJELINA I said that it doesn't have a front brake, not that it doesn't have brakes at all. Stepping back slows down the back wheel but not the front which is much more effective in slowing you down. You lose at least 60% of braking power if you don't have the front brake.

      Marko NikolicMarko NikolicVor 11 Stunden
    • The chain guard is for protection of the chain and your clothing. So your pants or dress or whatever doesn't get stuck in the chain and rip it appart

      marco v.t oevermarco v.t oeverVor Tag
    • @Dingfelder Smurfalot It's not if used properly. It's the only way to stop fast. The back brake is nowhere near enough to stop in an emargency situation.

      Marko NikolicMarko NikolicVor Tag
  • Coaster brakes are not good brakes. Emergency stops are seriously slow so not great in areas where traffic is less bike friendly or hilly.

    Matthew ShawMatthew ShawVor 2 Tage
  • this is also the default bike in south east asia. they also usually have a basket in front

    seighart90seighart90Vor 2 Tage
  • very common in india too.

    Swayam SiddhaSwayam SiddhaVor 3 Tage
  • Youll find the imported bikes will have cut locks most of the time, bike theft then import is a blight in holland

    Mission DanMission DanVor 3 Tage
  • because my country was under Dutch colonialism, this bicycle is a very valuable and very expensive relic

    Thondy HalomoanThondy HalomoanVor 3 Tage
  • Honestly, no front brake is a big safety mishap. Front brakes generates much more (probably like 5x) stopping power than just rear brakes. And coaster brakes are probably much less powerful than brake calipers (on either rims or rotors). Rotor brakes is definitely the strongest, but might be a bit overkill. Everything is all good until a something like a car or a kid comes out in front of you and you can't stop in time because you only have a coaster brake.

    hobbes3hobbes3Vor 3 Tage
    • @ANDJELINA Sure, if you go slow enough (

      hobbes3hobbes3Vor 2 Tage
    • I live in the city and have to stop literally every 5 minutes due to traffic and all sort of stuff. And I do not have a front brake. You just need to get used to it and pay attention to your surroundings.

  • My bike (a worn out BSA) is similar to this and it didn't occur to me that it might be considered unusual. I've never heard a mudguard called a fender before either! I'm familiar with fender meaning a bumper like on a car, but a mudguard has a whole different purpose.

    eyeball226eyeball226Vor 3 Tage
  • You just opened my mind. I've started to depend on my bike for getting to my friends house and may even need it to get home from school. I will definitely start saving for this type of bike

    synith Raccsynith RaccVor 3 Tage
    • These are like 50 euros here. Not that expensive.

      s vdws vdwVor 2 Tage
  • This has made me really want a bike. Shame it wouldn’t be particularly practical where I’m living at the moment. Hopefully that will all change some time soon though!

    Sam SimpsonSam SimpsonVor 3 Tage
  • Almost all the bikes in Pakistan are likes these ones and also have locks like these ones.

    Muhammad Naurez ShoukatMuhammad Naurez ShoukatVor 3 Tage
  • Coaster brakes 😩 I can't believe I let people bully me into swapping to hand brakes when those babies exist

    BeeBeeVor 3 Tage
  • This sounds great, but it still wouldn’t help me. I can’t drive a car, but I also can’t balance a bike. Wish I could.

    FolkFaninMAFolkFaninMAVor 3 Tage
  • Watching this video made me really want one of these bikes, even opened a tab to start searching. Then I remembered I live in a rural-ish American city, full of narrow crumbling street, side-walk free & high speed roads/stroads, and dozens upon dozens of 4-way stop signs where drivers will inevitably completely ignore my existence and just go when I would have right of way. sigh.

  • These videos have changed how I look at my city. I live in Philly and it’s considered one of the more walkable US cities and I still find myself in the car to go anywhere.

    Langer597Langer597Vor 3 Tage
  • These are real 'city bikes'. Some people here think it only suits a flat terrain, which is partly true. However, there are bicycles available which combine the best of both worlds. These 'trekking' or 'touring' bikes have a rather classic design, but many gears and some more 'sportlike' features. I have one, and used it for a trip in the Belgian Ardennes, complete with all our lugage (including a tent), and we did 300km on them, and this worked perfectly fine.

    orbitalwarriororbitalwarriorVor 3 Tage
  • Great video! However it doesn't suit your channel name as this was Just Bikes.

    Elijah C-LinkElijah C-LinkVor 3 Tage
    • Maybe you should look at more of his videos.

      BroziusBroziusVor 2 Tage
  • I already own a pretty solid bike I use almost every day, but still consider getting one of these Dutch style bike

    MehMehVor 3 Tage
  • Can you imagine hauling that up a few flights of stairs in a sandstone tenement tho 🥵

    miamhamiamhaVor 3 Tage
  • Now I want one

    Grant CullisonGrant CullisonVor 4 Tage
  • pedah unto

    gradatim ferocitergradatim ferociterVor 4 Tage
  • Two other reasons for step through bikes. I pick up litter and bungee the bags on the rear rack. The bags get high and I don't have the option of lifting my leg over the back. As I get older I have to increasingly tilt the bike over to swing my leg over the back.

    Ira GershenhornIra GershenhornVor 4 Tage
  • You have never seen frame lock outside those countries because you have never visited any other countries that have them. It's quite popular everywhere in South East Asian countries too.

    PradPradVor 4 Tage
  • Step trought frame also none has women bike because women use dresses, the other type of frame is for males because they don't use dresses usually. And the male frame makes the structure more stiff, and it's better for bad roads.

    Fábio PereiraFábio PereiraVor 4 Tage
  • Seems like gears would be needed if u don't live in a flat area

    cerh fhrowcerh fhrowVor 4 Tage
  • Anybody can recommend a similar type of bike but for a city full of hills etc?

    Stelios StyliosStelios StyliosVor 4 Tage
    • I suggest you get a hybrid. Dutch-style e-bikes are underpowered, extremely heavy and can only traverse canal bridges.

      Mike BrandtMike BrandtVor 2 Tage
    • Same bicycle but then electric.

      BroziusBroziusVor 4 Tage
  • Interestingly, at my beach town in North America we call these bikes "beach-cruisers" and EVERYONE rides them around.

    Coffee SmokerCoffee SmokerVor 4 Tage
  • Yeah these bikes are nuce for moving around the city and villages. I am planning on restoring one i got from my great grandmother it will be the second one i restore. The first one went well so i hope thin one will go well too.

    Peter MikusPeter MikusVor 4 Tage
  • Clearly, if you live anywhere that's completely flat (and therefore, imo as an avid mountain biker, completely boring), then climbing gears are rather pointless. Obvious things are obvious.

    JC VDJC VDVor 4 Tage
  • I thought those bikes are Japanese/Mommy bikes...

    Jr PueyoJr PueyoVor 4 Tage
  • You had me at "Meant to be comfortable." Now I need one.

    madcat789madcat789Vor 4 Tage
  • Here in Germany you basically can't get bikes with less than 21 gears and oh my god is it annoying as hell. Something always goes wrong and the way you have to shift most gears aren't usable anyway. But the bikes have to have the million gears, because marketing. I really would be happy with 3 gears, 9 max.

    MilesMilesVor 4 Tage
  • The bikes in India are almost identical, with very slight variations. Now after watching this video, I wanna ride a bike too, I haven't done that in the last 2 years, plus I don't know how to drive, so bicycle is the only thing I can ride, and I love it actually

    Just another account that I haveJust another account that I haveVor 5 Tage
  • Step 1. Want a Dutch bike. Step 2. Step 3. Profit.

    Eyes of the CervinoEyes of the CervinoVor 5 Tage
  • While these bikes do have their place, you know you can always just take a regular trecking bike and lean backwards (no handle bars) if you want to sit upright while commuting, while retaining the 45° position for when you want to go uphill or 30+ km/h where the wind drag really makes upright Holland style sitting a pain.

    genericnameincgenericnameincVor 5 Tage
  • 2:47 I think it's more that bikes with a step-through frame are considered women's bikes because they provide better room for cycling with (longer) skirts.

    LaraLaraVor 5 Tage
  • I’m here fresh from the war on cars!

    Rowan StrangRowan StrangVor 5 Tage
  • Ternyata sepeda ontel mendunia

    Bisma NaufaBisma NaufaVor 5 Tage
  • It's basically a typical Indian bicycle.

    Rocky MukherjeeRocky MukherjeeVor 5 Tage
  • But when I ride my 80's Nishiki tube shifting racer while wearing a suit-jacket I feel like such a badass hipster :/

    jbftcmofjbftcmofVor 5 Tage
  • I would love to see a list of bikes like these available in north America. Feel free to reply to my comment if you know of any.

    LukeLukeVor 5 Tage
    • And you'll see lots of people walking these Dutch bikes up hills because they're heavy and inefficient.

      Mike BrandtMike BrandtVor 2 Tage
  • Omafiets 🤗 Jasbeschermer Kettingkast Frame slot . Axa is the best. First bicycle factory was called Burgers. Made in Dutch city called Deventer.

    MAXIM, Holland Nederland, the Netherlands.MAXIM, Holland Nederland, the Netherlands.Vor 5 Tage
    • You can order everything online nowadays. We have several brands factories who makes them. Gazelle is one of the best. 🙂

      MAXIM, Holland Nederland, the Netherlands.MAXIM, Holland Nederland, the Netherlands.Vor 5 Tage
  • I laughed really loud at the kick your kid in the head part I scared my poor dog who was asleep

    ChronicVideo'sChronicVideo'sVor 5 Tage
  • Bike shops in the US are geared toward only one thing: selling a $5-10k frame super bike. I'm a daily commuter with a Dahon folding bike (7 speed internal shifting) that I take on the train. I needed some work done on it and they refused to give me an appointment. They want to keep it for a week, which is a non-starter if you need it for daily commuting. And they just laugh when I want reflectors or a kickstand.

    Jackalope WrightJackalope WrightVor 5 Tage
  • The frame lock would just walk away in the usa

    gearshivgearshivVor 5 Tage
  • Regarding the D-locks, those are harder to break or cut than a chain or a cable

    Dániel SzilágyiDániel SzilágyiVor 5 Tage
  • people: what would you do with unlimited dictatorial power? kill your enemies, overturn corrupt laws? eat the rich? me: Bikes and Bike infrastructure.

    Kazmark_glKazmark_glVor 5 Tage
  • SimIar cycles were once very common in India, we used to call them "Ladies cycle". Even now the design is available but with smaller frame and wheels, made for teenage girls.

    Pallab J DPallab J DVor 5 Tage
  • Use bicycles in South America is considered that you are poor.

    Santos MartínezSantos MartínezVor 5 Tage
  • its so insane to me seeing the comments from north americans... these are just called city bikes here in finland! you usually see ones that arent quite as extreme of an upright position but still have all the guards n stuff in the countryside too, sporty bikes are stricktly for well. sports!!

    voidvoidVor 5 Tage
  • I can recommend getting one (or retro fitting) a steering lock as it prevents the front rack swinging when you load it and when 'on' it also helps you push the bike in a straight line when walking along side it or parking it up in confined spaces (and it'll confuse a bike thief too).

    JJVor 5 Tage