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Fit Gift: Citybike for the Urban Chic

Some people consider the urban lifestyle totally unhealthy but that does not have to be the case. Urban transportation is usually walking, biking, subway, bus or taxi. Walking can be time consuming and biking seems scary on a road bike with über-thin tires and mountain biking on Park Avenue seems wrong since mountain bikes are, well, made for mountains.

Ever been to Europe -- particularly the Netherlands-- and noticed all the bikes? Nearly 30% of transportation in Amsterdam is done by citybike, but it has never even been a real option over here.

Want to get your own super cool citybike? Then,


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Jorg & Olif Citybikes ($795-$1295) are bringing the citybike west for individuals who wish to redefine urban living...and do it in style. What is a citybike anyway? Unlike mountain bikes or road bikes, which are designed for off-road use and speed, citybikes are deliberately designed for city riding. Not sure you're into biking? 75% of Jorg & Olif's customers are new bikers. Their first US customers, Daryl Hannah and Chloe Sevigny, are pictured above.

First the Danish introduced us to banning trans fat and now the Dutch are introducing us to the citybike -- I'm beginning to think they've got a good thing going over there in Europe.

The bikes are so popular that they are on back order right now but the good folks over there know that when you order something, you want something so all orders will come with a free basket and very cool Christmas tree ornament. Leaving something to put "under the tree" until your bike arrives (in February).

*Thank you to Jorg & Olif, who provided me with the great pictures!

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monica117 monica117 8 years
And in Holland an SUV is a bike fitted with lots of baby carriers!! It's so cute! And it looks like hard work to cart those kids around. The mom's really work off their baby weight fast there, there are no fat moms in Holland.
Fitness Fitness 9 years
Hey Gang! I apologize for mixing up Danish and Dutch people -- Thank you shebelle and missnomi for noticing, just so you know I have corrected it. I love that you guys are on the ball and keeping me straight. Keep it coming!
Shebelle Shebelle 9 years
Missnomi is right. Holland/The Netherlands and Denmark are two different countries. Amsterdam is in Holland. Dutch people live in Holland. Danish people live in Denmark. The two countries are not even neighbors - Germany is between Denmark and Holland. And even though I think the food is probably better in Denmark, I think also the Netherlands has banned transfats. Sorry for correcting but many Americans mix these two countries up and they are completely different countries. It's like saying the Mexican population consists of Americans. http://worldatlas.com/webimage/countrys/eu.htm
bluejeanie bluejeanie 9 years
for urban biking i don't recommend mountain bikes, they're meant for trails and the wheels actually slow you down. road bikes aren't that scary once you ride on one for an hour or so, plus they're lighter and easier to carry up stairs. if you truly can't handle road bikes, hybrids are the way to go.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 9 years
i'm a hardcore biker, i bike everyday here in minneapolis to and from work, the grocery store, library...wherever i need to go! i love biking, it's a great way to stay in shape and help out the environment. i noticed your models weren't wearing helmets, shame on them. *shakes finger* a helmet can save your life, not all drivers are courteous or careful around bikers, sometimes they don't realize that bikes have the same rights to the road as cars. you can hit a patch of ice or a pothole, or a rock. helmets are super important and not wearing one is stupid. would you ride in a car without a seatbelt?
cams cams 9 years
Road bikes arent scary once you get on them. I love mine! they go so fast.
Moni-B Moni-B 9 years
Alot of kids a Brown ride bikes around. But there's the occasional skateboard too. ~M~
missnomi missnomi 9 years
O, but fit... we Dutch do not live in Denmark like the reference to the transfat article suggests.
missnomi missnomi 9 years
I have a bike like that!! they're called granny's bikes here in Holland! They are pretty sturdy.
katie225 katie225 9 years
i went to ucsb, too! i rode my bike like crazy there! but, there are some downfalls to riding a bike which some people may not realize: frizzy hair (especially after letting the cool, beachy air through your hair after straightening it!), cold hands, you can't wear a skirt (and if you do, good luck riding your bike with one hand. and the skirt can't be very long or else it'll get tangled in the wheels or wrinkled), and it's quite a talent to balance a starbucks and a cell phone against your ear while navigating traffic circles. BTW!!! do not listen to your ipod while riding your bike! illegal unless you only use one earbud. luckily, i never got in a bike accident while at ucsb! now that's a feat.
scratch5 scratch5 9 years
Digging a cool bike with fenders!!!! You can't commute on a bike in the rain without them.
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 9 years
my bike is prettier :) _____________________________________________ ~~ goo goo gagaa ~~
rubialala rubialala 9 years
I LOVE the way this bike looks, I saw it recently on another website, but I couldn't believe how much they were! :JAWDROP:
DStirk DStirk 9 years
omg i totally want a citybike!
JessNess JessNess 9 years
UCSB is a bike campus. We have over seven miles of bike paths- or something like that. Riding your bike during high bike traffic times (like right after classes get out) is the scariest thing. You have to deal with being surrounded by hundreds of bikes and also look out for pedestrians just walking out in front of you. I have seen so many people eat it on their bike
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