We were lucky enough to get a guided tour of the new VANMOOF bicycle straight from Holland. Meindert Wolfraad, who heads up the Australian distribution, came in to show us the new and improved bike.
The VANMOOF was created by the “Ties and Taco brothers”, after a bit of research and development – asking 100 friends from various cities to test 100 prototypes to find the “ultimate commuter tool”.
And so the VANMOOF was born. As a result, you may have seen the distinct shape of the VANMOOF scooting around your city. They’ve been available in Australia for a while now, but the latest version, VANMOOF No 5, has just hit our shores.
Additions to this latest version include a built-in lock (an ABUS X- plus cylinder chain lock for you bike nuts!) and a solar-powered LED light, built into the frame (you can even charge it with a USB for those overcast days).
The frame is made of rust-free aluminium, making it both durable and relatively lightweight. Durability is actually at the core of VANMOOF’s minimalist design – growing out of a need for a bike that could be left out in all weather and suffer a bit of rough treatment.
Featuring a ‘coaster brake’ (and roller front brake), broad handlebar, a classic leather Brooks saddle and Schwalbe tires, the VANMOOF No 5 offers a sleek 3-speed urban bike for city peddlers.
VANMOOF is currently available through stores in Australia, Japan, Europe and the US (and no doubt will ship to a city near you). Visit the website for more information on your nearest stockist.