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MAARSSEN, Netherlands (December 23) – The Dutch have brought some weird and wonderful things to this world: wooden shoes, Delft blue pottery and the famous ‘Granny Bike’. The classic sit-up-and-beg style bike that was once limited to the European continent has now sailed the Atlantic ocean. The Canadian company Jorg&Olif (no Dutch names) sells the […]

MAARSSEN, Netherlands (December 23) – The Dutch have brought some weird and wonderful things to this world: wooden shoes, Delft blue pottery and the famous ‘Granny Bike’. The classic sit-up-and-beg style bike that was once limited to the European continent has now sailed the Atlantic ocean. The Canadian company Jorg&Olif (no Dutch names) sells the Lowland stalwart direct from their premises. Models available are the ‘real’ granny bike (officially called ‘Oma-fiets’) a gents version and a transport bike in the same mould. Prices range from CAD 600 (€360) to CAD 1100 (€ 660) for a 5 speed version. The company even offers a handmade Dutch ‘Lepper’ saddle to complete the look. For those interested in owning a piece of Holland’s History: www.jorgandolif.com (MH)

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