1930s Gazelle: Dutch Ladies Shopping Bicycle
Tyres 28 x 1 1/2 (40-635)
The phrase ‘Dutch bicycle’ has become a generic term to describe modern bicycles with a retro theme.
Dutch companies acknowledged people’s nostalgia for a time when bicycles were built more substantially and designed modern machines similar to historic 1930s models.
This Gazelle is the original 1930s historic model, one of the first Ladies’ Shopping bicycles with removable basket and special ladies saddle.
It’s in excellent order throughout, having been in storage for the past five years.
Willem Kölling and Rudolf Arentsen originally had agencies to sell imported British bicycles in Holland. Like many similar companies in Europe, once a customer base had been established, they could start making and selling their own brand. Their Gazelle company was established in 1902. Gazelle still exists as one of Holland’s biggest cycle businesses.
The company expanded in the 1920s as a result of their export business in Indonesia (then known as the Dutch East Indies). They built their millionth bike in 1954, and their eight millionth bike coincided with their centenary in 1992.
Compare the modern Gazelle Ladies Bicycle, below, with this original machine:
REMOVABLE SHOPPING BASKET
DUTCH LADIES’ SADDLE
1930s GAZELLE GENTS’ CROSS FRAME