This Sunday 25 March come along to Maribyrnong’s Family Bike Day and hear all about the council's current…
We asked one of our favourite stylish cyclists Marianne from Esme and the Laneway to take a LEKKER Double Dutch bike for a test ride and to give an independent review.
Here are her thoughts… enjoy!
– how does it fit?
This style of bike has a really secure feeling fit. The handle bars weren’t too far away so I could sit up very straight, which makes for a very serene, enjoyable riding style! I did find it quite a large frame, though, and wouldn’t want to be much shorter for this particular size (26″ inch wheels).
– riding position comfortable?
Very! Sitting up so straight feels fantastic. It actually feels like you are sitting in an armchair, and the seat is very padded and soft. I felt I had a good presence on the road, too, as cars would be able to see me easily.
– wheels? tyres?
They look great! They fit the style of the bike really well. The bike is really good looking – so distinct and vintage-like! It got lots of oohs and aahs.
– how smooth a bike feels, how quickly it responds to accelerations, and how smoothly and crisply it shifts?
Incredibly smooth. It responds really quickly to faster pedaling, too – great for slight, short hills!
– how well the bike absorbs shock and vibration from the road?
This bike was almost surreally smooth and comfortable, even on cobblestones. Possibly the most comfortable/smooth bike I have ever ridden; the shock absorption is amazing. And I thought my everyday bike was comfortable..! I felt like I was floating.
– how quickly it responds when you jump out of the saddle and also when climbing hills?
I had to put in a little more work going up hill but the bike responded very quickly. I do like to stop completely before jumping out of the saddle, but the bike felt very secure and stable, so I think if this was my daily bike I’d be leaping out pretty quickly and easily before long!
– how stable the bike rides while descending at fast speeds?
The riding position feels very safe, so hills weren’t scary at all as I felt really secure. I like that this bike has both front and back brakes as this is what I am used to, and they stopped me safely without being too abrupt, which is good!
– whether the bikes will corner effortlessly?
I did find turning corners a bit harder on this style initially, as I am used to a smaller frame and narrower handlebars. My hands and knees met the first few times when I turned! I did get used to it quite quickly though. Tight bends might take some more practice, but this feels like such a cruise-y bike that you wouldn’t want to snap around corners too quickly.
I think frame size is very important with this style of bike (even more so than with other styles) as the handle bars get very close too your knees when turning – so longer legs would need to be further away from the handle bars and need the next frame size up.
Overall, I loved riding this bike – it looks great and is a great ride, too!
Next week we’ll be posting the results of the test ride of the LEKKER Dutch Courier Ladies bike.