When Silver Lake film editor Christine Louise Berry decided to give up her car, she purchased a black, a Batavus Breukelen, a sturdy, stylish and expensive Dutch-made bicycle that retails for $1,200 Earlier this week, Berry’s bike was stolen from the porch of her Manzanita Street home. Now, Berry and others have asked cyclists to keep an eye out for the bike, which is a rare piece of cycling equipment, at least in Los Angeles. Josef Bray-Ali of Flying Pigeon L.A., the Cypress Park bike shop where Berry purchased the bike, said he knows of only a handful of other Los Angeles riders who own similar bikes. Last June, Berry told the Velo Vogue blog what attracted her to the Batavus Breukelen:
“When I gave up my car, I knew I wanted a bike that would go with everything. So I chose a bike that replaces a car: it’s sturdy, visible, beautiful. The line of it is sweeping. It’s got this long stride. And the way the top bar slopes down — it’s so f-ing elegant. It has a skirt guard and a hub-generated light that never needs batteries – everything is made to last. Ultimately, it’s just springy, really fun, and I never have to think twice about riding.”
Anyone with information about Berry’s bike can contact Bray-Ali at at 213-909-8986 or [email protected]
Photo from Flying Pigeon L.A.