OSCAR LTD 1946 - DUTCH ROADSTER - COPPER
In honour of Achielle's 75-year anniversary, Achielle has released the Oscar Ltd 1946 bike! One of just 46 bikes made (and the only one in North America!), this model features a gorgeous copper-plated frame that will patina beautifully with time. The Achielle Oscar is a study in modern Belgian bike design, at once Fashionable-French in whimsy yet Dutch in its Calvinist quality. But then, the Belgians have always been that curious mixture of walled-off Dutch sensibility and the open, romantic sensibility of France - a flaneur on two wheels.
The Oscar is what European city bikes want to be when they grow up. The modern Gates carbon belt drive provides maintenance-free, uncompromising power to the 8-speed Alfine hub, and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes allow you to ride as fast as you like and still be confident in your stopping power. The Oscar Ltd 1946 has sleek and modern LightSkin USB-rechargeable battery lighting integrated into the handlebar and seatpost for nighttime visibility while maintaining a classic, unencumbered look during the day. A handmade steel frame offers comfort on rough roads. The bike is crowned with a Brooks Cambium C17 saddle and grips (both with copper details) for all-weather riding, Brooks comfort, and sleek looks that will turn heads.
If you want the classiest European looks with the most modern sensibility, you've found it in the Achielle Oscar.
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- Genuine Dutch bike, hand-built in Belgium
- Oscar Ltd 1946 model celebrates Achielle's 75th company anniversary - Only 46 bikes were made for a truly limited edition ride
- Copper-plated frame will patina with time and look gorgeous for life
- Roadster riding position gives you power where you need it while maintaining the comfort of a city bike
- Gates carbon belt drive, invented for use on motorcycles, is lube-free to keep pants clean and lasts up to 30,000km before needing replacement
- LightSkin integrated lighting system - Maintenance-free and anti-theft lights that are USB rechargeable and don't take up visual space on the bike
- Shimano Alfine 8-speed internal hub for steep hills and long flat straightaways
- Hydraulic disc brakes give you absolute stopping power, no matter the weather
- Brooks Cambium C17 saddle and grips with copper detailing - Renowned Brooks comfort without the maintenance or break-in time of traditional leather saddles
|ACHIELLE OSCAR LTD 1946 - ROADSTER - GATES - DYNAMO|
|FRAME||Achielle CORUS Steel, hand-brazed, Copper Plated (made in Belgium)|
|FORK||Achielle CORUS Steel, hand-brazed, Copper Plated (made in Belgium)|
|STEM||Stainless Steel Quill 25.4|
|GRIPS||Lock-on Brooks Cambium Grips with copper details
|SEAT||Brooks Cambium C-17 with copper details (made in England)|
|FRONT BRAKE||Shimano Hydraulic Disc
|REAR BRAKE||Shimano Hydraulic Disc|
|BRAKE LEVERS||Saccon (made in Italy)|
|SHIFTER||Shimano Alfine trigger shifter|
|FRONT HUB||Shimano XT Dynamo|
|REAR HUB||Shimano Alfine 8-speed internal gear|
|SPOKES||13G Stainless Steel, 36 Spokes|
|RIMS||Ryde rims painted black (made in Holland)|
|TIRES||PanaRacer GravelKing Slick Plus
|BOTTOM BRACKET||Sealed Cartridge 68mm/105mm|
|CRANKS||44T x 170mm Steel|
|CHAIN||Gates Carbon Belt Drive CDN (22T-50T)|
|COGSET||1/2" x 1/8" 22T|
|KICKSTAND||Altman Steel (made in Sweden)|
ACHIELLE OSCAR LTD 1946 - ROADSTER - GATES - DYNAMO
|57CM||5' 7"||5' 11"|
|61CM||6' 0"||6' 4"|
How is a city bike different from other types of bikes?
Behind each bike lies a designer, and within each designer lie assumptions. The assumption of most North American bike designers is that people ride bikes for recreation, which usually involves a bike path, a country road, and several hours of spare time. The bikes that result from this assumption are usually hunched-over, have exposed oily drivetrains that require tighter athletic clothes, feature anywhere from 21 to 33 speeds, and aren’t usually made to be locked up to metal poles all day, especially in foul weather. A city bike is quite the opposite. Its position is gloriously upright, the chain is totally covered, you have all the gears you’d ever need (3-speeds for flatter terrain, 7 or 8-speeds for hills), and tough frames and sealed mechanisms to battle all kinds of weather.
What’s the difference between a brand like Achielle and others you carry?
There are several key principles behind a good city bike design: outdoor storability, clothing protection, low maintenance, theft-resistance, and comfort. As a heritage European brand, Achielle embodies all of these principles to the maximum. It has chip and rust-resistant frame with low maintenance internal mechanisms. It uses a full chainguard to keep clothing clean. The wheels are bolted on to keep thieves away and the bike is gloriously upright. Other brands aren’t nearly as outdoor storable (Pure City) while others expose the oily chain to your clothing (Pelago and Pure City). Only Fahrradmanufaktur employs same principles but updates them with a lighter aluminum frame.
Is a Step-thru for Women and a Roadster for Men?
Heck no! It’s the 21 st century and anyone can ride either a Step-thru or a Roadster. The difference between the two is not gender, but position. A Step-thru has a remarkably high head-tube that raises the handlebar so the back is straight and the hips pointed forward. A Roadster has a much shorter headtube that positions the rider over the handlebars for more control, and the hips over the cranksets for more power.
How strong are the wheels and will I get a lot of punctures?
Wheels are always the first part to break on most bikes and these wheels are strong! All the city bikes we sell feature strong double-walled rims that are internally box-sectioned to handle streetcar tracks and potholes. They all feature strong stainless-steel spokes that can never rust.
What is an internal gear hub?
In Europe, a bike with an internal gear hub is what makes it a definitive city bike. Because the chain isn’t derailed up and down a set of external cogs (using a derailleur), the chain will never fall off again, and best of all, the chain can be covered so you can wear whatever you want. The gears are sealed inside the rear hub and they hold a tune two times longer than a derailleur, minimizing tune-ups and allowing you to store the bike outside throughout the winter problem-free.
What is a belt drive?
Belt drives have been developed over the last 30 years for use in racing engines and motorcycles. They are a band of nylon teeth held together with a series of carbon fibre cords, paired with alloy alloy chainrings and stainless-steel cogs. They've recently made the jump to bikes because they're nearly silent, don't require lube (and are much more winter-proof as a result), don't rust or get jammed with debris, and last for up to 30,000km of riding before needing replacement. We don't see them often on North American bikes because they can't be used with external derailleurs, only internal hubs or crank-based gearboxes.
How do I ensure my new bike won’t get stolen?
Estimates are that over 90% of bicycle theft is tied to cash-for-drugs and this (unfortunately) makes every bike a target. Make sure you buy a good U-lock or a chain and your bike will be safe. You can read more about bike theft here.
What’s the warranty?Ten year warranty for manufacturer defects on frame and fork, one year on parts. Does not include wear and tear
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