ASHINGTON OPA - DUTCH ROADSTER
The Achielle Ashington Oma Roadster is the work horse of Dutch bikes. Using the same classic frame used on the top-drawer Craighton but dressed with more minimal and economically minded components. Hand-drawn tubes, hand-brazed, galvanized, hand-painted, hand-assembled and built using simple trusted components that will outlast the rider.
The Achielle Ashington Opa employs the same upright geometry used on Dutch bikes for over a century. The position is upright but a touch forward, so while you can see over the top of cars, there's a bit more steering performance. Like all true Dutch bikes, the gears and brakes are both sealed into the hubs, meaning you avoid a ton of maintenance and lets you store the bike outside year round. The tires are puncture resistant, the rims are made (rather remarkably) out of stainless steel (take that, potholes!) and the seat is a super comfortable Selle Royale - made in Italy. It may not be as decked out as the Craighton, but still, nary a corner cut.
Like all Dutch bikes, the Ashington is made for real life, whether that's an important meeting, a romantic date, a formal affair, or a slouchy trip to grab the Sunday NY Times. With the completely covered chain guard, you could wear ripped jeans or a Thom Browne suit and stay as clean as you would be taking an Uber. The Dutch bike has always been a design classic, a combination of remarkable durability coupled with an inherent beauty. Cutting through gridlock has never looked this good nor felt so comfortable.
- Hand brazed Corus steel frame, galvanized and powder coated to prevent rust
- Roadster frame with upright riding position
- Colour matched fenders, chain case and heavy duty rear pannier rack
- Maintenance free internal 3 speed gears with twist shifter
- Double sprung comfort saddle
- Stainless steel rims and oversized spokes
- Pad free roller brake system
- Puncture resistant tires for care free rides
- Strong side mount kick stand
- Bright LED battery lighting
|ASHINGTON OPA - ROADSTER|
|FRAME||Achielle CORUS Steel, hand-brazed, Galvanized|
|FORK||Achielle CORUS Steel, hand-brazed, Galvanized|
|STEM||Alloy Quill 25.4mm|
|HANDLEBAR||Custom bent alloy|
|GRIPS||Achielle Ergo - Rubber|
|SEAT||Selle Royal Journey Cruiser - Sprung|
|BRAKES||Shimano IM-45 Roller Brake|
|BRAKE LEVERS||Saccon (made in Italy)|
|SHIFTER||Shimano Nexus 3 rotary|
|REAR HUB||Shimano Nexus Internal 3 Speed|
|SPOKES||Oversize 13G Stainless Steel, 36 Spokes|
|RIMS||Van Schothorst Stainless Steel|
|TIRES||Schwalbe Delta Cruiser - Puncture resistant|
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Sealed Cartridge Bearing 68mm/105mm|
|CRANKS||44T x 170mm Steel|
|COGSET||1/2" x 1/8" 21T|
|PEDALS||Wellgo 9/16" Alloy w/Rubber top|
|FRONT LIGHT||Spanninga Swingo classic - battery|
|REAR LIGHT||Spanninga No.9 Fender light|
|RACK||Lepper, EN certified (made in Holland)|
|FENDERS & CHAIN GUARD||
Lepper Colour Matched Fenders (made in Holland)
Achielle Custom Colour Matched Chain Guard
ASHINGTON OPA - ROADSTER
|53CM||5' 4"||5' 7"|
|57CM||5' 8"||6' 1"|
|61CM||6' 1"||6' 4"|
|65CM||6' 4"||6' 7"|
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 a brand like Fahrradmanufaktur employs same principles but updates them with a lighter aluminum frame and zippier geometry.
What’s the difference between the Ashington and the Craighton?
The difference comes down to parts – and it’s a big difference! Got hills in your route? The Craighton is equipped with a wide-range 8-speed hub while the Ashington’s 3-speed is much more limited. Both bikes feature drum brakes but the Craighton’s front hub also tucks away a dynamo that powers a high-powered lightset that let’s you live battery-free. But, there’s more! The Craighton features the Schwalbe Marathon Plus tire, the most puncture proof tire we’ve seen, a very nice German-made Hebie double-kickstand, a rear-wheel lock (for quick in-and-outs), and the luxurious Brooks leather saddle (matched by equally luxurious leather grips).
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 Ashington use Marathon tire 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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