Comment 60098

By moylek (registered) - website | Posted February 21, 2011 at 12:04:50 in reply to Comment 60093


As TnT says, Downtown Bike Hounds is about the only option in Hamilton.

Some other localish bike shops sell "European-style" bikes that look the part and can be a nice ride, but they miss some important basics that make a bike like this really low maintenance and thus a pretty effortless experience: powder-coated frames, enclosed chains, strong racks.

Bike Hounds carries Batavus (Dutch) and Pashely (English). Some other shops closer to Toronto also carry Gazelle, another Dutch brand - a little more elegant than Batavus, perhaps.

I'm aware that a three-speed or no-speed bike sounds limiting to and does indeed have its limitations for long-distance or hilly cycling, but I've been really surprised at how rarely I've wanted to pull my hybrid or road bike. Basically never, unless I'm biking down to the far end of Burlington or up the mountain.

Comment edited by moylek on 2011-02-21 12:13:27

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