It's been a few days since I posted anything, I've been a bit bogged down.
LOVING the Amsterdam, what a perfect bike, I've read so many blogs lately and other opinions about the bike and I have to say I don't notice any of the "quality" issues I've seen some writers blog about.
I find the bike shifts very smoothly and my fenders do not rattle or seem flimsy.
The bike has enough weight behind it to roll nicely while not feeling tank like. ( I'm a bit fussy about heavy bikes, I must be a suck or a lightweight.. perhaps I just don't have a ton of stamina)
I find the position of the pedals to be a relief compared to other bikes I have recently been on, there is no pain in my back, my knees feel great and my legs don't get that strained feeling.
I do have one observation however.. I'm not certain about this being seated and able to touch the ground " flat footed" thing. If I had my seat adjusted like this my legs would be hurting and my knees would ache, it simply would not give me a proper leg extension.
As a result I have the seat on my Amsterdam higher than "recommended" I can touch the ground with the tips of my toes at a red light. The result is good leg extension and comfortable riding for me. I was even able to pull a bike trailer with 2 kids (likely about 80 pounds total) with this bike, oddly it seems easier than the 21 speed Vienna Hybrid.
Anyhow.. just thought I would mention that, my ONLY issue seems to be sacrificing my spiffy dynamo headlight for my even spiffier vintage basket. :-(
I have delegated the wonderful D to figure out how to configure this so that I can have both somehow. If anyone has done this please tell me how!
So in closing I have a gratuitous riding home from work on the bike path pic for you :-)
I don't think I'll be posting much this weekend, it seems I am escaping to Toronto for a "girls weekend"