Louise

Achielle SKU: ACHLUISBK51

Louise

Achielle SKU: ACHLUISBK51
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The Achielle Louise draws inspiration from classic Belgian Mixte bike frames, easily recognizable by their elegant thin top tubes. Considered typically ‘French’ bikes – although the Belgians may have something to say about that – this vintage Mixte frame is brought into the 21st century with a few key updates. 

The modern city cyclist needs a bike that is durable, comfortable and fun. The Louise delivers on durability with the 3-speed internal gear hub and Strumey Archer drum brakes, both of which are completely sealed from the elements. Top that off with the iconic Achielle powdercoated steel frame, which is totally rust and chip resistant, and you have a lifelong city companion -- ready to take on the world with you. The Louise’ frame has a slightly more sporty upright riding position, which totally delivers on the comfort but give you a bit more pedaling power.

This efficiency is combined with head-to-toe elegance, making the Louise a commuter bike you’ll actually want to show off. Italian-made leather grips, British-made leather saddle, German-made puncture resistant tires, (to name a few) all on a hand-brazed Belgian-made Achielle frame. This may be one of the most European city bikes out there! These high quality parts also add a layer of comfort to the Achielle Louise that makes it perfect for everything from daily commutes, to rides on the island, to weekend farmers market trips

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  • Genuine hand-made Dutch bike
  • Mixte riding position - Upright with slight forward lean
  • Sturmey Archer 3 Speed hub gears - Maintenance free
  • Sturmey Archer front/rear drum brakes - Maintenance free
  • Beautiful powdercoated paintwork
  • Full colour matched fenders and chain guard - You and the bike stay clean
  • Achielle custom chain-guard
  • Brooks Leather saddle - Ultimate comfort
  • Herrmans leather grips - Made in Italy
  • Puncture resistant Schwalbe tires
ACHIELLE BABETTE OMA - STEP THROUGH
FRAME Achielle CORUS Steel, hand-brazed, Powder Coated (made in Belgium) 
FORK Achielle CORUS Steel, hand-brazed, Powder Coated (made in Belgium)
HEADSET 1" Alloy
STEM Stainless Steel Quill 25.4
HANDLEBAR Chrome-plated steel, custom comfort bend
GRIPS Herrmans (made in Finland)
SEATPOST Alloy Micro-adjust
SEAT Brooks Leather Saddle (made in England)
FRONT BRAKE Sturmey Archer Drum
REAR BRAKE Sturmey Archer Drum
BRAKE LEVERS Saccon (made in Italy)
SHIFTER Shimano Nexus grip-shifter
FRONT HUB Alloy, sealed
REAR HUB Sturmey Archer 3-Speed
SPOKES 13G Stainless Steel, 36 Spokes
RIMS Rigida Alloy 36H eyeleted (made in Holland)
TIRES Schwalbe Delta Cruiser, w/Reflective
BOTTOM BRACKET Sealed Cartridge 68mm/105mm
CRANKS 44T x 170mm Steel
CHAIN Galvanized Steel
COGSET 1/2" x 1/8" 21T
PEDALS Wellgo 9/16" Alloy w/Rubber top
KICKSTAND Atran Sidestand Steel (made in Sweden)
CHAINGUARD & FENDERS

Lepper (made in Holland) - Paint Matched with Frame

 

ACHIELLE BABETTE OMA - STEP THROUGH

FROM TO
51CM  5' 1" 5' 6"
57CM 5' 7" 6' 1"

How is a city bike different from other types of bikes?

Behind each bike lies a designer, and within each designer lie assumptions. The assumption of most North American bike designers is that people ride bikes for recreation, which usually involves a bike path, a country road, and several hours of spare time. The bikes that result from this assumption are usually hunched-over, have exposed oily drivetrains that require tighter athletic clothes, feature anywhere from 21 to 33 speeds, and aren’t usually made to be locked up to metal poles all day, especially in foul weather. A city bike is quite the opposite. Its position is gloriously upright, the chain is totally covered, you have all the gears you’d ever need (3-speeds for flatter terrain, 7 or 8-speeds for hills), and tough frames and sealed mechanisms to battle all kinds of weather.

What’s the difference between a brand like Achielle and others you carry?

There are several key principles behind a good city bike design: outdoor storability, clothing protection, low maintenance, theft-resistance, and comfort. As a heritage European brand, Achielle embodies all of these principles to the maximum. It has chip and rust-resistant frame with low maintenance internal mechanisms. It uses a full chainguard to keep clothing clean. The wheels are bolted on to keep thieves away and the bike is gloriously upright. Other brands aren’t nearly as outdoor storable (Pure City) while others expose the oily chain to your clothing (Pelago and Pure City). Only Fahrradmanufaktur employs same principles but updates them with a lighter aluminum frame and zippier geometry.

What’s the difference between the Louise and bikes like the Babette or Craighton?

The Louise uses a sportier frame. The Louise is a touch more leaned over, providing more agility in corners and acceleration. It’s also lighter (because it stays away from hub dynamo lighting systems and the thinner top tube).

Is a Step-thru for Women and a Roadster for Men?

Heck no! It’s the 21 st century and anyone can ride either a Step-thru or a Roadster. The difference between the two is not gender, but position. A Step-thru has a remarkably high head-tube that raises the handlebar so the back is straight and the hips pointed forward. A Roadster has a much shorter headtube that positions the rider over the handlebars for more control, and the hips over the cranksets for more power.

How strong are the wheels and will I get a lot of punctures?

Wheels are always the first part to break on most bikes and these wheels are strong! All the city bikes we sell feature strong double-walled rims that are internally box-sectioned to handle streetcar tracks and potholes. They all feature strong stainless-steel spokes that can never rust. Bikes like the Babette use Delta Cruiser tires that are Kevlar-belted tires to drastically reduce punctures in the city.

What is an internal gear hub?

In Europe, a bike with an internal gear hub is what makes it a definitive city bike. Because the chain isn’t derailed up and down a set of external cogs (using a derailleur), the chain will never fall off again, and best of all, the chain can be covered so you can wear whatever you want. The gears are sealed inside the rear hub and they hold a tune two times longer than a derailleur, minimizing tune-ups and allowing you to store the bike outside throughout the winter problem-free. 

What are drum or roller brakes?

Like internal gears, drum brakes are sealed into (or onto) the front or rear hubs to minimize maintenance and ensure consistent performance through all weather. They’re not quite as powerful as a disc brake but they’re comparable in performance to a quality caliper or V-brake. A roller-brake is a variety of drum brake manufactured by Shimano that threads onto the hub while most drum brakes are manufactured by Sturmey Archer and are inside the hub.  

How do I ensure my new bike won’t get stolen?

Estimates are that over 90% of bicycle theft is tied to cash-for-drugs and this (unfortunately) makes every bike a target. Make sure you buy a good U-lock or a chain and your bike will be safe. You can read more about bike theft here.

What’s the warranty?

Ten year warranty for manufacturer defects on frame and fork, one year on parts. Does not include wear and tear
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