The Dutch-style bicycles carried by the shop are mostly European made, with California-based Linus representing the lone American brand. “There are a lot of larger companies branching out into the market, but we like companies that focus on them,” said Cridler.
Brands sold at Portland Velocipede include Dutch stalwarts Batavus and Gazelle, which have been manufacturing such bikes for over a century.
The Dutch cycle's heavy, solid construction and cruiser-styling allow riders to perch comfortably on their seat and offer a smooth ride. “'Being upright, being able to see around you is so much more comfortable,” said Kitchings.
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* Full disclosure - Portland Velocipede is a client of mine.