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This Saturday Chicago’s Active Transportation Alliance and the Netherlands Consulate General come together to bring you Chicago’s first Go Green Go Dutch Go Bike! event.

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Chicago has three European-style bike shops, including Defietsfabriek-USA and Dutch Bike Co., which are participating in this ride.

Rider registration automatically enters you into a raffle to win a Dutch bike – the Gazelle Toer Populair (retail value $1,349), donated by Dutch Bike Co. Chicago.

And Jon Lind, owner of Defietsfabriek-USA (which I’ve featured in previous posts), will be “assembling a great crew of colorful bikes and riders together” to ride from his shop to the start of the ride at Montrose Harbor and back.

Come out and join me and my mom for a bike ride this weekend.

Earlier this month De Fietsfabriek-USA packed up the truck in Chicago and hit the road heading west along Route 66. In October I wrote about their Grand Opening party.

During the trip so far they have passed through
Boulder, CO – Dec 3-5
Albuquerque, NM – Dec 7-8
Phoenix, AZ – Dec 9

And now they’ve reached southern California! So, for all of our bike commuters and bike lovers on the west coast, please look out for Jon Lind and his fleet of Dutch bikes.

He will have the bikes on display and available for test rides this Saturday – TODAY! – at Orange 20 Bikes (corner of Heliotrope and Melrose in east Hollywood) from noon until 6 pm.

Los Angeles, CA – Dec 11-20
San Diego, CA – Dec 21-26
San Francisco, CA – Dec 27-Jan 5

My commute home last night amidst the cool 50 degree weather included the perfect detour for a warm up – a stop at the De Fietsfabriek and Po Campo fall launch party! The De Fietsfabriek storefront is located along my daily route, so my biking buddy and I just pulled over and walked in to join a great party on the way home.

Bikes outside the shop beckoned to us

And inside, the accessories and bikes on display welcomed us

We even met up with Dottie (and Mr. Dottie) from Let’s Go Ride A Bike.

All hosts (from left to right – Co-Founder Maria of Po Campo, Jon of De Fietsfabriek, and Alex of West Town Bikes) agree the night brought an impressive turnout and a great show of support

According to Jon of De Fietsfabriek, “By all accounts it was a great night, turnout was better than expected and everyone had a great time. Reactions to the new bags and bikes were extremely positive and a lot of great conversation and catching up amongst the Chicago biking community was going on. Sales were pretty good and we’re happy to be able to pass 10% of the proceeds to support WTB.”

It’s that time of year — fall — and the weather reflects the season. I woke up today to 30+ mph wind gusts and temperatures in the 50s (after mid-70s yesterday)! But to help warm up the fall commuting season, two Chicago-based cycling companies are teaming up to launch their new fall lines this Wednesday, September 30! RSVP to attend this free event.

De Fietsfabriek Dutch bikes and Po Campo stylish bags bring functionality and style to commuter cycling. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting the founders of each of these companies and even sampling their products. In fact, at Chicago’s Bike Commuter Challenge awards luncheon, I won a Po Campo rack bag in a raffle. Best of all – 10% of all accessory sales – including Po Campo’s new fall line – will be donated to the educational non-profit West Town Bikes. (Reviews on the bag and the bikes to come soon!)

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Now for the party details:

De Fietsfabriek and Po Campo have joined forces to celebrate their new wares, available just in time for the choicest of all Chicago biking seasons – fall! We’ll have our newest products on hand for you to check out and some light food and drinks.
We are pleased to welcome De Fietsfabriek’s newest shipment of bikes from Holland to their new home. All new styles in all new colors means that there’s probably one just perfect for you and your family.
Po Campo, Chicago’s own stylish yet highly functional bike bag company, is thrilled to roll out its fall line, which features their popular handlebar bag and rack bag in all new, limited-edition fall fabrics.
Plus, we’ll be donating 10% of all accessory sales – including Po Campo’s new fall line – to West Town Bikes. WTB’s overreaching goal is to promote bicycling in the city of Chicago, to educate youth with a focus on underserved populations, and to foster and serve Chicago’s growing bicycling community. We’re happy to help them with their worthy cause!

Hope to see you Wednesday at the party!