Today I'm going to write about bicycles. I thought maybe writing subject-specific posts would be easier and more time efficient.
I've test-driven a couple bikes now; one with a local guy in town and one at a bike shop in Groningen. The store in Groningen is bigger and you'd think with bikes en masse, they would be cheaper than the independent local guy. Not so. Out of the hundreds of bikes they held, only a couple were in our price range with what I'm looking for. We found one used one that was affordable, but I did NOT like the handlebars on it.
Now, I'm going to go into a small tangent. North Americans... are doing bikes all wrong. We really should take from the experts who have been doing it for as long as bikes have been around. When I rode one from the local guy, the handlebars were spacious and wide apart, if that makes any sense and it actually makes the bike easier to control. It was a very smooth ride. I was able to sit up properly on the seat with good posture and the seat itself was very comfortable, too.
Now, they have gears on bikes, but maybe 3 at most (I had to laugh a little, when ours can go up to 10 or 15) and this particular one had pedal brakes, not hand brakes (which I prefer). The bike I rode in the store in Groningen, the handlebars were closer together (less control, I was all over the place) and the seat had to be changed, which was minor. For the changes I wanted on the second-hand bike, it would be just as logical to get the new one. I don't feel like I need a new bike, though, because bicycle theft is so common here (which I find ironic, since everyone has one). I'd hate to spend all that money on something new only for it to get stolen one day. So we'll see.
The search continues.