There is no doubt that cycling is good for our planet, good for your health, and it is the best way to get around in and urban environment. But, a lot of people fail to appreciate the beauty of cycling and they picture it as an extreme sport. This is mainly because they are not aware of all the different types of bikes, designed for different purposes. For example, the small seat and the the angle of the handle bar may not be suitable for a casual cyclist. Instead, you might want to try retro bikes.
Riding a retro bike does not necessarily make you a hipster. Although, if that’s the look you are going for, it can do that too.. You just need to match it with the right scarf and the right pair of glasses. However, there is much more to retro bikes besides their cool appearance. A retro bike, also know as a granny bike or Dutch bike, is an all-day, all-weather bike, designed to get you wherever it is you are going while dressed in normal clothes and shoes, carrying everything you need with you, and all that with maximum convenience and comfort. Here are some of the common features of a retro bike that make it the perfect means of transport.
The thing that most people love about retro bikes is the upright style of cycling. Instead of riding hunched forward, you ride sitting up straight which gives you more visibility and much more comfort. This ergonomic posture will take all the strain off your neck, back, shoulders, forearms, and wrists. Unlike race bikes and mountain bikes, the handlebars of the retro bike are higher and curve towards the rider and because of the upright position, the seat is much wider in order to support your weight. This is not only more comfortable, but also much safer. The only downside is less aerodynamics, but as I said, this bike is build for comfort and not for maximum speed.
Another characteristic feature of the retro bike is the step-through frame. This type of frame makes mounting the bike very easy, especially for women wearing skirts or dresses. The frame itself is usually made out of stainless steel which is heavier than aluminum but its absorbs bumps a lot better, contributing even more to a comfortable ride. Because of the sturdiness, these type of bikes come with a strong rear rack that can be used to carry heavy objects, even another person. You can also easily attach baskets and child carriers.
With retro bikes, you can forget all about tights, helmets, and other cycling equipment. You can ride it while wearing your regular clothes, even a suit or a cocktail dress. These bikes feature full length fenders or mudguards. This way you won’t get your clothes wet and dirty when the weather acting all crazy. There are also coat guards and chain guards that will prevent your clothes from getting caught in the spokes or the chain.
Other convenient features of the retro bike include the pedal back break, generator powered front and rear lights, integrated lock, and many more. So, if you are after comfort, convenience, practicality, or leisure in an urban or countryside environment, a retro bike is definitely the way to go.