Gazelle

We are UK's oldest and probably still the largest single shop retailer of the No.1 Dutch brand Gazelle. Royal Dutch Gazelle are the most famous and one of the longest established manufacturers in the Netherlands, where they are often referred to as the "Mercedes Benz of bikes." Indeed Gazelle are one of the few 'real' bike companies left - that is one that actually designs, manufactures and markets their bikes from under the same roof. This is because Gazelle thrives in the fertile soil of Dutch cycle culture.

When we were looking for something for people who were serious about using bikes for transport  we had to go to Holland because there, as in York, cycling is a way of life. Gazelle make true urban bikes for people who actually wanted to ride their bikes daily - not the sports'n'leisure creations of most global cycle brands. Gazelle is the product of a culture where cycling runs deep, so what you get is something qualitatively different.

This is the quintessential Dutch bike. We love 'em and have sold them for just about as long as we've been in business.

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Cycle Heaven 5 point scale:

5
Lycra obligatory
4
Lycra necessary
3
Lycra optional
2
No lycra here
1
Going nowhere fast

5
Your Renaissance bike
4
Jack of all trades and master of some
3
Jack of all trades, better at some than others
2
Master of one, jack of another
1
Highly adapted – master of one

5
Well equipped and capable
4
High level of equipment with hub or derailleur gears
3
Half way practical
2
Sporty bikes that will take mudguards
1
Not a practical bike, so go have fun!