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

פורסם בתאריך 8 פבר 2021
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 That's a stupid, outdated term, and "step-through" is a more accurate and useful description.

    • @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.

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

    • @L.V.CNothing so dramatic. Just simple old mockery.

    • @L.V.C as if amoeba like you should be taken seriously.

    • @Not Just Bikes You definitely triggered some Americans nice 🍿

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • So glad I have a truck lol

    • Can't cycle can you?

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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

  • Se llama bicicleta playera mamerto

  • I have 2... Greetings from Suriname

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

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

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

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

    • Actually they put you in a relax position.

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • if i cant do a wheelie on it then i dont want it

  • Everything changes when industrialization in Indonesia took over commute bike to sport only

  • 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.

  • More propaganda from the Dutch bike companies

    • Yep and finally some propaganda that is true.

  • 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

  • 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

  • We can't ride bikes here in the U.S. We are too fat.

  • 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.

    • I have a omafiets and no brakes my chain never comes off , since I do have a chainprotector. Your chain interacts less with everything else.

    • I'd imagine that the lack of a derailer style gear shifter makes the chain less likely to pop off, bit I could be wrong

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

  • this is also the default bike in south east asia. they also usually have a basket in front

  • very common in india too.

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

  • because my country was under Dutch colonialism, this bicycle is a very valuable and very expensive relic

  • 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.

    • @ANDJELINA Sure, if you go slow enough (

    • 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.

  • 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

    • These are like 50 euros here. Not that expensive.

  • 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!

  • Almost all the bikes in Pakistan are likes these ones and also have locks like these ones.

  • Coaster brakes 😩 I can't believe I let people bully me into swapping to hand brakes when those babies exist

  • And by the way d****** thanks to Bill Clinton 90% of bicycles are made in China

  • Dutch bikes are not better you getting the muddled clogged up faster than f*** with all its features

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

    • Maybe you should look at more of his videos.

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

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

  • Now I want one

  • pedah unto

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Seems like gears would be needed if u don't live in a flat area

  • Anybody can recommend a similar type of bike but for a city full of hills etc?

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

    • Same bicycle but then electric.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • I thought those bikes are Japanese/Mommy bikes...

  • You had me at "Meant to be comfortable." Now I need one.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Step 1. Want a Dutch bike. Step 2. Step 3. Profit.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • Ternyata sepeda ontel mendunia

  • It's basically a typical Indian bicycle.

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • I laughed really loud at the kick your kid in the head part I scared my poor dog who was asleep

  • 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.

  • The frame lock would just walk away in the usa

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

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

  • 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.

  • Use bicycles in South America is considered that you are poor.

  • 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!!

  • 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).

  • Check out the genuine Dutch brands Gazelle, Azur and Work Cycles and avoid the Far Eastern stylistic 'copies' which simply mimic the frame shape and don't have hub gears, frame locks, coaster brakes, stands etc

  • I'm an American who since 1985, has worked in 6 countries in Asia and traveled in many more. There are hundreds of millions of people here riding simple, "step-through" bikes. Maybe billions. I have bought a series of them and recommend them. I am surprised to hear a tiny countries such as the Netherlands labeling these type of bikes as theirs. We all need to increasingly look at the rest of the regions which have Billions of people and what they are doing. The world doesn't revolve around us Caucasian minorities.

  • MENS BIKES! "The only kind you can hit your nuts on" 🤣🤣🤣

  • Believe me. NOBODY over here in The Netherlands looks at their bike in this way. Dussss.....

  • Mine was stolen at the beginning of the pandemic. But I loved it. I rode it everywhere. I hauled stuff in it and everything 😭

  • in india we have cycles like that

  • I absolutely screamed when you kicked your “kid”

  • It's also nice that it's fllllaaaaat. Great video! I'd love to try one of those bikes here in Southern California.

  • The reason they're so popular here is probably bc they're easy to take with, you usually don't rlly care if it gets stolen, you can just kinda throw it around and they're decently cheap.

  • We had similar bikes here in India. A majority of Rural Indian people ride on such cycles.

  • Upright bikes are definitely coming back in style in some of the big cities in the US, especially on college campuses. I bought one myself second hand and I adore it!

    • I had one as a kid in my hilly city and I hated it.

  • Ouma Fiets! FTW!

  • They definitely exist in Germany as well, same with frame locks. But I don't think they're as much of a universal solution as you portray them. They're great for short distances or when you have time to spare. They're pleasant to ride and put you in a relaxed mood. But sometimes, you just want to get to your destination quickly, and then they're really not ideal.

  • In Japan these bikes are extremely common. Most people who own a bike usually have one of these and use them to get around the local area (though if you live in any of the big cities it's pretty easy and quick to go quite far with one). Only those who are more serious about their bike or want something fancy will get a sport bike of some sort, or maybe a bike with an electric motor. There are a lot of variations of this kind of bike for different roles too.

    • Do you mean road bike? Sports bikes are motorcycles. Only ignorant people call road bikes "sports bikes".

  • What are the chances that those imported bikes are stolen from the Netherlands? Pretty sure 2 of my stolen bikes have gone to foreign countries

  • Both Belgium and the netherlands are THE bicycle countries! Nice to live in either of them!

  • Honestly I disagree that the steering wheel is more comfortable. Maybe it's just because I'm used to it, but I prefer a straight steering wheel. Edit: although half of these features you mentioned made me go "wait, you mean to say that's not normal?"

  • Comfort on bicycle? Sign me up

  • I grew up in Japan where we use our bicycles to get everywhere. I love the upright bikes, and I found that the sportier bikes in USA to be _so_ uncomfortable, from the weird sitting position to the awkward way to mount and dismount the bike. I don’t care what people say, uptight bicycles are so much better as everyday urban bikes.

    • @Mike Brandt Yes they are, in the South of the Netherlands it's very hilly and they still cycle there.

    • They're not in hilly areas.

  • Just more proof "better" is in the eye of the beholder.

  • I have one, and it is not only confortable to ride but also very stable. A pleasure to use