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C U S T O M – B I C Y C L E S
by Vive Le Velo

When trying to decide on the best type of bike, think about these questions:

What type of bicycle are you looking for?

What would you like to do with your new bike?

Will you be taking a long-distance tour or are you just going across town?

Do you prefer a more upright position or a deep active position?

How many gears will you need, that is if you need any at all?

And what about the look? Do you prefer a retro look or rather an Urban look?


Types of bicycles

Road bicycles are designed to be ridden fast on smooth roads. They have skinny tires and “drop” handlebars, and can be used for on-road racing. They are usually lighter than other types of bicycles and are not meant for carrying heavy loads.

Straight-handlebar Road bicycles are designed for people who want a light, high-performance bike, but don’t like the drop-handlebar riding position of a regular road bike. Most of them can accept somewhat wider tires, to make them suitable for use on unpaved trails and (bumpy Maastricht) city rides. They usually have the ability to mount cargo racks and fendors, which make them good commuter bikes.

Touring bicycles are designed to be ridden on pavement, but are more durable for use on self-supported long-distance riding. They have all of the necessary mounting bolts for cargo racks and fendors, and although they still have a drop handlebar, they usually have a more relaxed frame design so that the rider is more upright, for more comfort when riding long distances for multiple days at a time. They have a lower gear range compared to regular road bikes, to allow for carrying heavy loads up steep hills. They also make good commuter bicycles, because of their durability and ability to carry heavy loads.

Track/Fixed-Gear bicycles or fixies are designed to be ridden on a velodrome, which is a banked oval track specifically for bicycle racing. Some commuters prefer track bikes, due to their simple design, which makes them easy to maintain. They have a single gear that does not provide the ability to coast, so if the bike is moving, your feet must be pedaling. For even more simplicity, some riders prefer to not have brakes, since the fixed-gear mechanism can act as a brake. (Most track bikes have drop handlebars, but some riders outfit theirs with flat or upright handlebars.)

City / Classic Bicycles The term “city bike” doesn’t really refer to a specific category of bikes; it’s more of a general descriptive term. They might also be called “commuter” or “urban” bikes. This bike has characteristics of the upright riding position of a cruiser, but the wheel size of a hybrid bike. A city bike might also have fendors and a chain guard that make it more amenable to riding in regular clothes. A city bike might also have an internally-geared rear hub for ease of use and maintenance. (These bikes are also sometimes called “Dutch bikes,” because of their resemblance to the everyday bikes used in Amsterdam and other bike-friendly European cities.)


Frame size

When it comes to buying a bicycle and especially a classic road bike it is very important to make sure that you choose a the right size. B = seatpost measured center center.

Or check HERE for our Bicycle size chart to find out which frame size would be good for you!


Color frame – Powder coated RAL colors

For our powder coated frames we use a standard selection of RAL colors. However, if you have a preference for a different RAL color* just ask and we can show you the options. See the LINK for an overview of the Colors.


*VLV frames are recoated vintage steel frames that start from €175,-

**The track frame is a brand-new steel frame. RAW €225,- Painted: € 375,-

We also build up used frames. The price depends on the frame and parts and starts around 395 euro.

Due to price changes at our suppliers our prices may vary over time

VLV frame*
COASTER with a mix of  secondhand & new parts €575.00
COASTER with all parts new €725.00
SINGLE SPEED with a mix of  secondhand & new parts €625.00
SINGLE SPEED with all parts new €725.00
GEARED – race (2ndhand parts) €625.00
GEARED race – with new 7/8 speed wheel set €745.00
Track frame**
COASTER all parts new €775.00
SINGLE SPEED all parts new €855.00