Our Dannebrog ladies bicycle belongs to a category of classic bicycles that has many different names. This type of classic bicycle is called everything from a sit-up-and-beg bicycle, a vintage bicycle and a retro style bicycle, to an 'Omafiets' - (Granny bike in Dutch). In some countries the most common term is a commuter bike, utility bike or an upright bike. The most popular European term is the 'Dutch Bike´ or 'Dutch style bicycle'; a generic term used to describe typically a two-wheeled, utilitarian bicycle, with mudguards or fenders, a rear carrier or rack, relaxed loop frame or geometry, an upright seating position and generally an ‘old-time’ look reminiscent of the early 20th century. It is a style of bike you will find all over Northern Europe, from bicycle friendly cities such as Copenhagen and Amsterdam, to Hamburg, Stockholm and Oslo.
Enclosed hub gears
Enclosing the gears protects you and your bicycle from all types of weather, hence they involve much lower maintenance than the derailleur systems found on most bikes. Another advantage of internal gears is that they are very simple on the outside and come with a chain guard. This is a much cleaner option allowing you to ride in any clothing you choose rather than having to wear specialist cycle gear.
Upright bike comfort
The Dannebrog retro style ladies bike comes with a traditionally lugged and brazed hand built frame, which ensures a relaxed and ultra posture-friendly cycling experience at all times - widely referred to as sit-up-and-beg style. This gives a high vantage point from which you can view the traffic, as well as making it easy to look behind you and soak in all of the sights and sounds of your surroundings as you cycle past.
We offer our Dannebrog commuter bike with two different wheel size options depending on your choice of frame size to ensure the correct proportions and optimal cycling experience. If you order the 20"/51cm frame it comes with a set of 26" wheels; and if you choose the larger 22"/56cm model it automatically comes with proportionally correct 700C (28") wheels. We are the only bicycle manufacturer that produces bicycles with this frame/wheel size flexibility.
Continental bicycle manufacturers have a history of producing 28"/700C sized wheels for all their classic bicycles and normally their frame sizes start at 22"/56cm. British bicycle manufacturers have a history of producing 26" bicycle wheels for all their models. We offer both.
Another characteristic feature of Velorbis is our flexibility in equipping bicycles with either freewheel/drum brake hubs which are popular worldwide, or coaster brakes/pedal brake hubs which are predominantly associated with Dutch style bicycles from Holland, Northern Europe and Scandinavia.
In the beginning Dutch style bikes were 'born' with coaster brakes/pedal brake hubs because at that time they were the predominant style of bike in Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway - these countries all used this coaster brake/pedal brake system only. The sit-up-and-beg style bicycles have recently increased in popularity all over the world; however these markets are not used to coaster brakes/pedal brakes. Therefore the Dutch style bicycle has evolved to also include freewheel internal gear hubs with drum or roller brake systems. Since Velorbis caters for all markets, we have decided to offer our range of bicycles with both brake system options.
Traditional classic style commuter bicycles tend to be heavier than carbon bikes, racer bikes mountain bikes, etc. We have produced our traditionally lugged and brazed hand built frames from the highest quality Chromoly steel, rather than using the traditional and heavier hi-ten steel frames you find on other steel bicycles today. These initiatives therefore reduce the overall weight of our bicycles to stunning 18,0 kg (36 lbs), making them a perfect fit for navigating through traffic jams, lifting on and off trains or down steps, etc.