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New Bike

My bike is like my car.  I use it daily & prefer it over the public transportation.  I ride in the rain, snow (last winter), wind & sun.  For Christmas I received a homemade certificate from Christian for a new bicycle.  I was appreciative of the gift but I didn’t think I needed a new bike. 

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We got back to Germany and I continued using my old bike.  Then my brakes stopped working, something to do with the cables.  Christian fixed that.  I needed new brake pads & got those.  Then my front basket fell off & we couldn’t get it back on.  I was having to carry batteries for my light that needed changing every two weeks or so.  My birthday approached & I was ready to start looking at new bikes.  Christian said we should check out a custom bike shop called Düsselrad.  You can check out their website here.  They sell Holland bikes, plus their own brand called (obviously) Düsselrad.  I first tried a Holland bike and I felt it was too upright & relaxed compared to what I was used to.  Then we tried their bike out & it was a great fit.  They determine the correct frame size for you & then you can select everything else: color, wheel size & color, electric motor, hand grips, saddle, gears, etc.  We ordered the bike around my birthday (end of March) & it was ready to be picked up from the shop at the beginning of May.

Surprise, surprise!  I selected a pink bike with cream colored wheels.  You might have seen a glimpse of the bike earlier this week when we went on our bike tour over the weekend.

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It has seven gears.

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The covers over the wheels protect my back from looking like a skunk when it rains & I have a large basket for the back (which isn’t shown in the pictures).  I can also wear skirts or dresses without the fear that I am exposing myself like I did on my older bike.  It is very pretty & works wonderfully! 

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