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Sitting Side Saddle on Batavus Fryslan 8

Bicycling Side Saddle in Toronto

Photo courtesy of Peter Bojanczyk for The Urban Country 

On Sunday I bought a used 2011 Batavus Fryslan bicycle that I spotted on Craigslist to replace my 2010 Fryslan that was stolen in March.

Last night we tested the rear rack while my 210-pound colleague Al sat side saddle while we transported ourselves from one pub to another.

It was a little wobbly at first since we didn’t do the customary Dutch Side Saddle Hop, but once we got moving it was smooth sailing.

Just another example of why bicycles are the most pragmatic, fastest and fun way to get around the city – even when one member in your group has no bike.

And yes, sitting side saddle is technically illegal in Toronto. So sue me.

James D. Schwartz is the Editor of The Urban Country and is based in Toronto, Canada. You can contact James at james.schwartz@theurbancountry.com or follow him on Twitter.

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8 thoughts on “Sitting Side Saddle on Batavus Fryslan

  1. the_lemur May 21, 2013 12:42 am

    Regarding the stolen Batavus, did you have the frame code recorded? I happened to see the same model outside the Eaton Centre recently.

  2. jp Jun 8, 2013 6:18 pm

    what kind of rear rack do you have that supports a person?

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