Velorbis Danish designed cycles belongs to a category of classic, retro and comfort bicycles that over the time share different names. Velorbis bicycles have different categories. Our Kopenhagen program is a type of classic Dutch-style bicycle is called everything from a sit-up-and-beg bicycle, a vintage bicycle and a retro style bicycle, to an ‘Omafiets/opafiets’ – (Granny or Grandad bike in Dutch). In some countries the most common term is a commuter bike, utility bike or an upright bike. The most popular European term is the ‘Dutch Bike´ or ‘Dutch style bicycle’; a generic term used to describe typically a two-wheeled, utilitarian bicycle, with mudguards or fenders, a rear carrier or rack, relaxed loop frame or geometry, an upright seating position and generally an ‘old-time’ look reminiscent of the early 20th century. It is a style of bike you will find all over Northern Europe, but mostly in bicycle friendly cities such as Copenhagen and Amsterdam.
Upright bike comfort
The Classic Gents retro style gents cycles are all built in a traditional diamond-shaped design and comes with a traditionally lugged and brazed hand built frame, which ensures a relaxed and ultra posture-friendly cycling experience at all times – widely referred to as sit-up-and-beg style. Our Classic models all have a 300 mm high stem and a high rise on the handlebars. This design gives a high vantage point from which you can view the traffic, as well as making it easy to look behind you and soak in all of the sights and sounds of your surroundings as you cycle past. As an added bonus this riding position relaxes your lower back, head and shoulders, as you are not hunched over the handlebars.
Our category of balloon bicycles are as the name says equipped with comfy wide balloon tyres. Balloon tyres were fashionable in the first half of the last century and were developed to counteract poor road conditions. Today’s balloon tyres by far outperform the balloon tyres from way back then. In fact balloon comfort bikes equipped with 60 mm wide tyres roll easily and are completely effortless to steer. The balloon cycle concept such as Kopenhagen Balloon and Kopenhagen Balloon Deluxe not only makes commuting on bicycles more comfortable, it makes it easy and relaxed. Velorbis choose to use balloon tyres because the pneumatic cushioning of these special wide tyres naturally absorbs bumps and ensures a smoother riding experience at all times.
With 60 mm wide and comfy balloon tyres, this cycle rolls amazingly easily with full suspension effect. Further all Velorbis cycles with balloon tyres have built-in reflectors on the side walls and are equipped with anti-puncture kevlar inside.To learn more about balloon tyres please visit balloonbikes.com
Enclosed hub gears
Enclosing the gears protects you and your bicycle from all types of weather, hence they involve much lower maintenance than the derailleur systems found on most bikes. Another advantage of internal gears is that they are very simple on the outside and come with a chain guard. This is a much cleaner option allowing you to ride in any clothing you choose rather than having to wear specialist cycle gear.
Another characteristic feature of Velorbis is our flexibility in equipping bicycles with either freewheel/drum brake hubs which are popular worldwide, or coaster brakes/pedal brake hubs which are predominantly associated with Dutch style bicycles from Holland, Northern Europe and Scandinavia.
In the beginning Dutch style bikes were ‘born’ with coaster brakes/pedal brake hubs because at that time they were the predominant style of bike in Holland, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway – these countries all used this coaster brake/pedal brake system only. The sit-up-and-beg style bicycles have recently increased in popularity all over the world; however these markets are not used to coaster brakes/pedal brakes. Therefore the Dutch-style bicycle has evolved to also include freewheel internal gear hubs with drum or roller brake systems. Since Velorbis caters for all markets, we have decided to offer our range of bicycles with both brake system options.
Traditional classic style commuter bicycles tend to be heavier than carbon bikes, racer bikes mountain bikes, etc. We have produced our traditionally lugged and brazed hand built frames from the highest quality German steel, rather than using the traditional and heavier hi-ten steel frames you find on other steel bicycles today. These initiatives therefore reduce the overall weight of our bicycles to stunning 14-18 kg (28-36 lbs), making them a perfect fit for navigating through traffic jams, lifting on and off trains or down steps, etc.