Ride a European Bike…in Burlington!
You don’t have to go all the way to Europe to ride a stadsfiets (Dutch bike)!
Located in Burlington, Urkai European Bikes & Rentals offers a wide variety of European bikes such as…
(Dutch for “box bike” and yes, you can carry your kid in the basket like owner Andrew is doing here)
(Dutch for “grandma bike”) or opafiets (“grandpa bike”)
Brompton Electric Folding Bikes
…and even specialty bikes like this foot bike!
They also offer some pretty elegant and unique bicycle accessories.
This has to be my favourite…
…and here is how it’s supposed to work! Don’t drink and ride though!
You can purchase any of the bikes above at their store and even try before you buy! Urkai offers bike rentals so we picked up a Dutch Commuter – Step Through by Eendraght for a test cruise around town.
There is no shortage of places to ride to in Burlington as it’s a very cycling friendly community.
Urkai is also located very close to the Waterfront Trail, the #1 thing to do in Burlington as rated on Trip Advisor!
Our route took us through a serene park in a quiet neighbourhood…
…right down to the beautiful scenic waterfront.
As a mountain biker who’s never been on a European bike, I was pleasantly surprised with the comfortable, upright seating position and closeness of the handlebars. What a difference! Especially the smooth, effortlessness in pedaling the bike!
And as the name of the bike implies, you can easily step through the bike (note the low dip in the middle frame of the bike) and up onto the seat, meaning you could wear the poofiest prom dress or super tight skinny jeans and still ride this bike if you wanted!
The bike also has a built-in anti-theft device.
Rental also includes an additional bike lock and bike accessories like bell and lights to make your wheels legal. Helmet or basket rentals are also available.
Whether you’re going for a mellow city cruise or running errands around town, definitely try these Dutch bikes out. I can see why they are so popular in Europe as they are so smooth and comfortable to ride around on.
If you are thinking of renting them out for the day, here are some suggested routes:
• Short & sweet: Pick up a treat at Kelly’s Bake Shoppe and stop by the Tourism Burlington office to pick up some bike maps for your next cycling adventure.
• Short & scenic: Head down towards the Brant Street Pier and then over to Burlington Beach Rentals for maybe a paddle session.
• Moderate sight-seeing ride: Cruise the trail system and find your own hidden gems – download map here – Side 1
• Longer route (but not quite Tour de France long): Ride out to LaSalle Park and have an afternoon snack at Easterbrook’s Hotdog Stand like I did on a previous Burlington adventure.
Whether you’re looking to purchase a bike or rekindle your memories of riding a Dutch bike when you were on a Euro trip…visit Urkai European Bikes & Rentals!
And when you visit them, you have to try out (or at least sit in it and take a photo) my favourite bike in the store…
Guest Writer, Diana Lee
Diana Lee enjoys outdoor adventures like camping, stand-up paddleboarding and cycling via mountain bike, road bike, fat bike and now Dutch bike (sitting in a clog bakfiet totally made her day 🙂
She is also an Oakley Womens Ambassador, a race reporter for Get Out There Magazine and a librarian (yes, a librarian). Find out where she’s exploring, how she’s keepin’ active and what she’s eating on Twitter & Instagram – @only1phoenixx
You can also check out the Tourism Burlington website for a quick overview of cycling in #BurlON