Today I met a new beauty in town, the Velorbis Studine at Copenhagen Cyclery, a “younger” and more affordable version of the Velorbis Classic bikes (which I reviewed here). The differences are subtle – fewer gears, painted rims and no lights or leather grips.
Designed in Denmark and handmade in Germany, these stylish steel bikes are chic and cheeky at once. The Studine aka Student comes in three colors (red, green, black) and four sizes (51 and 56 cm for step-through, 54 and 59 cm for diamond frame). If cream-colored Schwalbe tires are not luscious enough, these ones are coupled with powder-coated rims to match the frames. The classy and comfortable Brooks B67 sprung saddle tops the design off perfectly.
A three-speed Sturmey Archer hub makes changing gears easy, even when the bike is stopped. The internal hub combined with the Sturmey Archer drum brakes (protected from the elements), fenders and chainguard makes the Studine an all-weather, every day bike. The Studine can carry a fair amount of cargo, with a sturdy integrated rear rack and handlebars that beg for a wicker basket.
As with the other Velorbis city bikes, the Studine is lighter and more nimble than bikes like the Workcycles Azor, Gazelle or Batavus. The seating position is directly upright – I almost felt like I was standing up while on the saddle pedaling. This contrasts with both my Dutch bike, on which I lean back a bit, and my mixte, on which I lean forward.
The Studine also comes in a diamond frame, like the one below. The hunter green goes well with brown canvas and leather.
The beauty of the Velorbis Studine really shines when paired with its price tag: $1,295. The price is competitive for this type of city bike. The closest bicycles in terms of style, quality and price I know of are the Pashley Princess Classic and the ANT Boston Roadster (a higher price but very high quality and made in the U.S.). What type of bicycle one ends up liking the most is pure personal preference, so I always suggest that people shop around and try out as many different bikes as possible.
While I prefer my Workcycles Azor Oma for workhorse daily use, I certainly can imagine myself riding away on this fiery beauty. Sometimes I feel like a bright red bicycle is the one thing missing from my life :)