1920 De Nederlandse fiets / The Dutch bike. The traditional Dutch bike is nothing but a British safety-bike. From the beginning Dutch manufacturers, however, have promoted ‘the Dutch bike’ as an unchangeable product. A bicycle is a useful engineering product, as argued a.o. Batavus, Burgers, Fongers and Gazelle and not purely a product for entertainment, such as it was promoted in the neighboring countries. It was from the start simple and sober, and hardly changed in the course of decades.