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Customer Review

on July 20, 2012
I like the looks of the "dutch" style bicycles but did not wish to pay $500-$1800 for one. The next least expensive option I could find above the Hollandia Opa was the "Flying Pigeon" which is likely a more "genuine" option but at $199.00 plus $150.00 shipping it is a bit more expensive (and to my understanding) would require much more assembly and adjustment. Now to the Hollandia bike itself. Un-boxing: Mine arrived in its box which appeared to have been previously opened. Looking in the box made me think that this had been previously unpacked and then repacked haphazardly. Inspection: I carefully inspected all of the parts and the only damage I could find was some deep gouges in the paint of main parts of the front package carrier. (More on this later) I decided to go ahead with assembly of the bike as I was not going to send it back for those scratches and was confident that Amazon would resolve this to my satisfaction. Assembly: The assembly guide included with the bike is indeed rather generic so some mechanical ability and/or experience assembling bicycles would be helpful. Assembly consists mainly just of putting on the front wheel, seat and handle bars and stem, for me, this went very smooth. There are no instructions for the front package carrier but I found looking at the pictures on line (zoomed in) to be adequate guidance for assemble and installation. Just remember to assemble with the all nuts and bolts finger tight first, before wrench tightening it after installing it on the bike to allow for adjustment. Once it was all together I adjusted the front brake (expected) and inflated the tires as well as adjusting seat height and angle. Details of construction: The frame tubes are butt welded (tig?) together like most low end bikes. The welds are of quality consistent with a bike of this price range. If you really must have a lugged and brazed frame you are going to have to pay allot more. The handle bar and stem are a welded together unit, I have never encountered this before, but it works well on this bike. The crank is of the three piece variety, (not cottered) , rather than "one piece" found on most low end cruisers and looks to be better than I would expect. The seat stays are bolted to the top if the seat post rather than welded (I do not know if that is good or bad). . The top tube angles down slightly from head tube to seat tube, I have a 28" inseam and my "parts" just cleared it when straddling the bike. The front and rear package carriers seem reasonably sturdy for carrying normal stuff like groceries, books etc (not pigs or bales of hay for instance). The other accessories are functional but not much more. The
seat is like that found on low end beach cruisers and to me kind of spoils the retro looks of the bike, it is functional and reasonably comfortable, but I plan on replacing mine with one that looks more early 20th century. The pedals are of the solid plastic type found on lower end bicycles, sturdy but not much to look at. The "dress guards" are rather thin vinyl but with a sturdy metal frame, the full chain guard is of similar construction. I would say that those two parts have been the most compromised by the bikes price point, but they have nothing to do with making the bike go or stop. Judgment on long term durability of these items will have to wait and see. The bell is metal and would be fine except that it has a plastic gear in side that seems to make it jam up easily ( another price compromise?); this too will be replaced with a higher quality more antique looking example on my bike. The light is indeed plastic, but good looking and functional. The bike has both a rear coaster brake and a front cable operated rim hand brake, this is exceptional on a coaster brake bike of this price range. The ride: the riding posture is very upright with the handle bars reaching back to the rider. It felt like to me that my legs were more forward of my body than I am used to. I did not find myself missing the ability to adjust the handle bars in the stem. The bike gave me a smooth leisurely ride on well maintained dirt road and hard top road. The gearing is more toward easy peddling than for speed. The scratch issue: I contacted Amazon about the scratched package carrier parts, stating that I would rather not send the bike back but would rather be given replacement parts or a partial refund. They promptly responded stating that could not send me parts but would give me a partial refund. I found the refund to be satisfactory and it promptly showed up on my credit card statement. Summery if you are looking for the "look" of the "dutch" style bike but do not want to spend $500+ and are willing to accept the compromises of a lower end mass market bike, that comes with allot of accessories then this is a viable option. I am a casual bicycle rider, I have assembled and "customized" several bikes in my day and am a back yard mechanic with above average knowledge and skills.

Update 8/8/17: I still have this bicycle, and my positive opinion has endured the test of time. Admittedly, I ride this bike infrequently, as a novelty. The price I see today, on Amazon (~$170.00) is a bargain, even if you do not install the package carriers and strip off the dress and chain guards (objects of the complaints some people have about this bike. I see it posted for over $300.00 elsewhere, and I think you can do better for that kind of money.
I installed and more vintage looking pillow style sprung seat.
Additional notes : The chain tightness and rear wheel alignment can be adjusted even with the guards on…I know this because I have done it.
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