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THE DUTCH BICYCLE IN NYC

April 17, 2009 BY CAPSULESNEWS

27738808.jpgNow that NYC has hundreds of miles of new bike lanes, and with the availability of some really stylish bikes, New Yorkers are taking to biking once again. But what to wear? David Colman reports: [The] new It object is the glossy black Dutch bicycle, its design unchanged since World War II. Increasingly imported to the United States and starting to be seen on the streets of New York (and in the windows of at least one clothing store), it appears to have everything a good craze needs. That includes a hefty price tag — usually between $1,000 and $2,000 — and a charming back story about how the bikes have been an indispensable part of the picturesque Dutch cityscape for decades.

 

But can New York revert to New Amsterdam? Can the bicycle, the urban answer to the wild mustang, slow down and put fenders on? Can the urban cyclist, he of the ragtag renegade clothes or shiny spandex, grow up and put on a tie?

Read the full story in the NYT. 

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