When we started importing Dutch bikes over a decade ago the Dutch bike industry was in a funny place. In the past a bike manufacturer in Holland would serve a local city or province, but today these small regional companies are all swallowed up in mergers and acquisitions. Today, most bike brands in Holland are owned by two major players and the first thing their accountants did was move frame production to China without reducing the price. We were in the middle of this, and we weren't happy with what we were seeing. We had tried importing English bikes (Pashley) as a solution but the rust-resistance and quality simply wasn't there. We found the answer in Belgium, and more specifically, in Dutch-speaking Flanders. Flanders - once part of Holland - has a bike culture to rival Holland but still has those small regional companies producing bikes the right way. Achielle is the oldest and best of the bunch. This is a family business that has been running since 1946 and not only hand-brazes their bikes, but draws their own custom tubes. And, with the finest paint-shop in Europe the bikes are finished for all the chips and salt (not the tasty Belgian kind) the streets throw at you.