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History / Dutch bicycles
 
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The development of the bicycle in the late 19th century mainly took place in England, Germany, and France. The first Dutch bicycle manufacturers copied their work. Actually, the Dutch bicycle industry did not contribute to the initial technical design and general outfit of the bicycle. Old Dutch bicycles largely resemble English bicycles. Before the turn of the century, the English bicycle industry developped more quickly than others and therefore had the best reputation at the time. So Dutch manufacturers attempted to make English looking bikes. Due to the flatness of the Dutch landscape, Dutch bicycles didn't neet to be as light as bikes elseware in Europe. In fact, until the second World War gears were quite uncommon in Holland.