This video talks about Dutch bikes that are made for comfort and commuting and how finding such bikes in North America are nearly impossible to find.

Personally I'd love to see a bike that has these same comfort features, but is made from a lighter material. I'm still afraid of biking in a city like Vancouver that doesn't offer protected bike lanes like NYC does, but it might help.


The other change I'd probably want would be a wider all-weather tire for the snow/ice conditions that you see in many North American cities.

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@emacsen I commute with a bicycle in the summer time, here in Oslo, Norway.

(But I don't use the bicycle during wintertime, because they salt the bike paths of Oslo and the salt eat the gears and brakes and all moving parts of the bike)

@emacsen If you're looking for a comfortable ride, there's also recumbent trikes, such as

You can get a studded tire (you really only need the one) for winter.

I know it's nothing like the Dutch granny bike,though, but considering we have nothing but hills in BC, I think I'd always want our gears, pain as they can be!


While recumbant bikes look comfortable, they seem much scarier. You don't have the vision you do on a regular bike, you're low to the ground, so vehicles don't see you, etc.

I agree with you on the gears thing. I forgot to mention that too. No gears is easy when the landscape is mostly flat.

Heck, someone could even make an e-bike with that configuration, if it's for commuting anyway!

@emacsen I guess perception is a bitch! Recumbents are actually generally more visible, and we fly flags to help, too. Also, the body position has the rider more naturally looking forward, so the view of what's going on is great, as opposed to the natural forward-leaning position of most of our bikes where you have to look up a bit to see ahead very far.
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