Friday, September 30, 2011
Dutch Bike Chicago As Dead As A Matjes
No bikes, no furniture, still no For Rent sign, but that’s coming. I ran into Vince the manager as he came out of a nearby door, his arms full of the last couple of handlebars and cable housings. Apparently he got a call from his boss in Seattle a little less than 2 weeks ago to send all the stock to the Seattle store and find a new job. Not much more information than that.
He and Chris, the other Chicago employee, are out of work as of now. They were the best reason to go to the shop, as we found a few times when we had to deal with the guys from Seattle. If you know of a good job in the area keep them in mind.
See our About Cargobikes and our trikes page for your other cargo bike options in Chicago. If you are looking specifically for a Bakfiets.nl brand cargobike or Workcycles city bike you can still find them according to the Workcycles website at
AdelineAdeline Manhattan, NY
Clever Cycles Portland, OR
My Dutch Bike San Francisco, CA
Wheelhouse Santa Barbara, CA
Curbside Cycle Toronto, ON
Everybody and his brother sells Civia and Linus, the other brands carried by Dutch Bike. Not sure who has Gazelle in town.
I don’t know about Dutch Bike Seattle — they may still be in business — but they haven’t been the most helpful people we’ve ever dealt with. I would guess that they will be responsible for warranty repairs if they are still there.
If you already have one of these bikes, any bike shop in Chicago will be able to fix them well, but make sure they have someone with good experience repairing the internal gear hubs. Blue City and Rapid Transit have been helpful to us, and the other cargobike shops in Chicago, JC Lind and Copenhagen, may be able to help you as well.
Who will fill the gap in Chicago now?
By the way, here's a link to a Streetsblog article about commuting with kids that seemed interesting.
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