Real stories from beixo owners

2021 marks the 15th anniversary of beixo. For 15 years, we have been designing extraordinary bikes without the traditional chain. Started as website-only with one model of folding bike: the beixo, meanwhile grown into a serious bicycle brand, selling all over the world.

To celebrate, we have a festive website created with stories from several beixo owners. Read how his beixo made the life of Rolf de Vries saved. Or how Karin Lambrechtse saved her folding bike used To feed the Jumbo-Visma cycling team. And Jan and Paula Koopman no longer miss a view during their camping holidays.

Wondering how such a chainless bike rides? Then make an appointment and drop by for a test drive.

Three editions beixo compact
Three editions compact folding bike, fronted by the primal Beixo

Martha and Nico Wals didn't want to just buy bikes on the internet

In 2006, beixo's inaugural year, the folding bikes sold only via the internet. A practice that is now perfectly normal, but at the time took some getting used to. Many interested parties therefore asked where they could see and test the bike. beixo organised a test day in Utrecht's Wilhelminapark in the summer of 2007.

The first customer day at Wilhelminapark in Utrecht, 2006
The first customer day at Wilhelminapark in Utrecht, 2006

Martha and Nico Waltz were there. Nico: "We fell for Beixo because it has no chain on it. No problems with grease from the chain on me clothes. But they also had to be in our bus camper fit, so just clicking and buying, we didn't want that. We went there with the motorhome, parked at the park. It was quite a happening in the park with all friendly people.

After getting fitted, we bought the bikes. It has been a super-buy. These days, the bikes are in the garage of our current motorhome. I made a sled for the bikes, which goes very easily. My wife Martha is next to it in the photo.

After 14 years, we are getting older and wanted to electric folding bicycles but beixo. We traded in our old bikes, they'll find someone at beixo for that, because there's really nothing wrong with them. And now on to as many years with the electric folding bikes, as we've had the regular ones."

Jaap Visser made his own shopping bike

At beixo, we are regularly surprised with how beixo owners still modify their bikes themselves. As a (in his own words) "very satisfied user of the beixo folding bike", Jaap Visser sent us a few photos showing his own modifications, which are handy for running errands.

  1. A bipod stand so the bike stays upright. The stand is fixed with two bolts.

2. An extension of the rear pannier rack

3. A detachable rack fixed to the frame, i.e. not to the handlebars. Plastic (paint) tray removable.

Die bipod stand we now have in our range, but the other modifications were new to us and look pretty solid. Enquiries reveal that Visser has an engineering background, having graduated from TU Delft in 1981 as a mechanical engineer. Almost always worked at engineering firms in the shipbuilding and offshore industry. Visser: "Since 2017, I have retired and now have much more time to think up all kinds of things and also make them myself. I often come up with solutions for which I don't yet know the problem😊."

He is bound to attract attention with this bike. "Indeed I see people looking back now and then with a smile, but not everyone immediately sees that it is homebuilt. They then ask where I bought everything. Answer: the parts come from the hardware store and the rest I did myself. In the attic I have a small 'workshop' where I can make various things.

So the ideal shopping bike? "I usually do my shopping by bike, but when I was working, the bike went with me on public transport or in the car. That way I could combine my commute with a bit of cycling every day. But even longer distances are very doable, because the beixo has excellent 'roadholding'. So I won't use my men's bike with a bar anymore, getting on and off the folding bike is much easier."

Jaap Visser sends his regards and concludes with: "Maybe I'll make another folding bike cart." We keep our fingers crossed!

Henkjan van der Zouw flies his beixos

It happens more often that customers want to "try on" our bikes. In the back of the car, the boot of the boat or the garage of the motorhome. But when Henkjan van der Zouw asked if he could borrow a bike to see if it could fit in his home-built plane, we were equally surprised. Henkjan: "If you fly to Texel, you get off pretty much on the terrace of the airport and can get a coffee straight away. But if you go to airports in Germany or France, the nearest catering establishment is often a long way away." A folding bike from beixo could then provide a solution.
The next day Henkjan was already back. Even two folding bicycles could easily come along. Plus a safety transport case for the batteries, as they became electric folding bicycles. That German cup of coffee and French lunch are now easily accessible.  

Jan would buy one immediately, if he didn't already have one

(English below)

Hey there,

In 2012, I often had to cycle through Münster city centre on my way to work. Because my bike was very old, I had to put my chain back on every day when cycling over the cobblestones of the Prizipalmarkt. Of course, I could have bought a new chain, but I had wanted something different for a while and this was the moment.

I found beixo online and was immediately charmed by its design, so I ordered one online, without taking a test ride. And it turned out to be just as good as I expected: a solid, comfortable bike with the unique Dutch ride comfort.

I rebuilt the bike with dynamo-powered lights and an SRAM Automatix gear hub (and was happy to keep the original spokes with the red accents on the rear wheel, despite having replaced the hub).

The beixo Share became my daily companion for a long time, until I moved him to our caravan on the Baltic Sea last year. I affectionately call him my "No bullshit bike", because everything about him is almost completely maintenance-free. Good for Münster, better still for the remote location, where he now resides.

tl;dr: a beautiful bike, would buy one immediately, if I didn't already have one 😀

All the best, Jan

Instagram @bakfietsblog

PS: The picture shows the bike, me and my son Nico.

Marja and Robert also use the "holiday bike" at home

We hear it more often at beixo. People who buy a beixo Compact electric folding bike for holidays and then use it at home. People who buy a folding bike as an extra, "it's so easy to take it with you in the car", and then report a while later that they've sold their "normal" electric bikes. Especially if a touring handlebar is mounted on the Compact, it rides like a 'normal' bike. Marja and Robert, for example, now even cycle to work.

"About a fortnight ago, we spent 6 days on holiday in NL, a combo of cycling and walking. The brand-new bikes went with us in our electric car and after loading and unloading them a few times, it became fairly routine (we don't have to fold them). The attached picture was of a trip on Tholen (Zeeland). After that, we did a lot of cycling in the Linge area. We now have a lot of options for our holidays, which is really nice.

With the nice weather now, we use the beixo to cycle back and forth to work. That's 16 kilometres, which is lovely."

Ms Rouma (88) is happy to explain the propeller shaft once more

Mrs Rouma, who turned 88 this summer, is an avid camper. Previously in groups, but the circle is getting smaller, so in recent years mostly alone. One of her children then arranges for the caravan to be set up at a nice campsite and once it is set up she has her electric folding bike of beixo as transport. "I have had it for at least five years now. With a friend, I was at the Elder fair. There was a course there where people could test out bikes. All screamed. But the bike I was looking for was not among them. Someone tipped me off to check out beixo in De Bilt when I was in the area. Well I live near there, so that was easily arranged."

She is perfectly happy with her bike with cardan shaft. Only the attention that cardan shaft attracts, she had to get used to. "I have a vintage caravan, which already attracts attention. Standing on a campsite, someone starts looking again, first at the caravan and then at the bike. And it's almost always men. Then I have to explain the technology, but I love doing it! In the meantime, I have a drawing of the drive shaft with me, which helps enormously. That's how I get them excited about a bike from beixo."

The pedals of Leny Rouma's electric folding bike are now shortened through crank shorteners. "I suffer from hip pain and when the cranks are shortened a bit, cycling is all right again. I'm sitting here on the terrace of Pump 41 next to beixo's shop and start to feel like going out in the camper again."

Ton's bus driver said with a big smile: you work at beixo!

Ton Funke is doing an internship at beixo: "To arrive at the business you obviously need transport, some of my colleagues come on foot and the other comes by normal city bike.

For me as an intern, I come from a bit further afield and faithfully take the bus from Leusden to Utrecht SciencePark every morning. On the bus, my Pyōra folding bike with belt drive, as this is not a problem with bus operator Syntus. 

Nevertheless, I was recently kindly requested by a driver to carry the bike in a cover from now on, this because the driver was afraid that the upholstery of his bus would get dirty due to a dirty chain from the bike.

What the driver had not yet noticed is that my folding bike has a belt drive and I kindly explained this to him, to which I received the reply with a big smile : "well then I don't think it's a problem" we got into further conversation and told the driver that folding bikes is my job, to which I offered him to take one of our other folding bikes with cardan drive on the bus from now on. To which another big smile appeared on the bus driver's face and said : "you work at Beixo!".

At this, I asked him how he knew and with an even bigger smile proudly told me that he had a Beixo at home.

This was of course why the driver hated having a dirty chain in his bus, once you get used to the cardan axle you don't want anything else!"

Greet Bouwman bought a second-hand beixo without a saddle

Greet Bouwman, pictured standing in front of the anniversary display in our De Bilt showroom, has one of the first beixos. It can go right on stage among the beixos from over the years, with the different logos. "But I am not the first owner," she explains. "I got it from my middle child's teacher. When she got married, she suddenly came to school by car. I asked her where that nice bike without a chain had gone. Now that she had a car, she no longer needed it. I could take it over for very little. Only the skirt saddle on it she wanted to keep. So I bought a bicycle without a saddle!"

Greet has been driving it to work every day for over a decade. At least, the last stretch. She is one of the people who parks the car in De Bilt and chooses a different kind of transport for the last stretch to Utrecht, in her case to the UMC in Science Park/De Uithof, because of the traffic jams on the last part of the journey. "I was always just stuck those last kilometres and this way I always get there without any problems. And for work, if there is a promotion in the Academy Building or something, I sometimes drive to the city too. With the folding bike, I'm always faster than colleagues by car or public transport."

 "A medical student had run into me, a foreign student with no liability insurance. Quite a hassle all round, I hope she learns to take responsibility, but I'm not going to wait for it. The bike may be almost 15 years old, but to my surprise, with a new mudguard it is like new again."

His beixos save the life of Rolf de Vries

"I have a beixo Compact from your early years, a beixo Compact Electra and a second beixo Compact. At the time, I was looking for a means of transport that allowed me to get around quickly and was easy to combine with public transport and car. Everything I was familiar with just didn't have it. Small wheels, saddle cannot be set high enough making it look like a child's bike and the sitting position is not good, chain with the necessary maintenance and risk of me dirtying people in OV or colleague/employer's cars, etc. "Wouldn't there be a folding bike that cycles like a regular bike but offers everything I desire?" I thought. Just for fun, I googled folding bike, 20″ propeller shaft and yep, BINGO. beixo had exactly what I was looking for and even a dealer nearby. Then it was see, try and buy. 7-speed. A picture. Although usually much more, this bike still runs at least 6,000 km a year. Trouble-free. The bike hardly needs any maintenance. Change brake shoes, put on a new tyre, adjust gears once in a while and replace some cables. No brine problems in winter, no chain maintenance. Super! 

My wife did not want a bike with assistance. "That's for the elderly". However, due to a physical ailment, she was sometimes suddenly overcome by fatigue, which made her range increasingly smaller. One day, she struggled to get home on her regular bike with the necessary stops and was in quite a pickle. The dealer gave me a beixo Electra to try. My wife held off the boat, but at my insistence, we went on the same ride on which she had stalled earlier. About 25 kilometres. We had not yet left the built-up area of our village when I knew beixo number 2 could be ordered. You will understand that I had to work solidly to keep up with her the whole ride with my beixo without support. 

Well, then the situation arose that a second beixo Compact would come in handy for me, so that I always had a bike in two locations. That became beixo number three in our family of two. 

My wife rides the Compact Electra and I ride the two regular Compacts. At home, they are used almost daily for commuting, shopping, visiting, recreational riding, etc. During our camping holidays, the bikes go with us. My 28-year-old car I use sporadically. To be on the safe side, a beixo goes along in case the car leaves me. I can actually conclude that buying the beixo's falls into the best investment category for us. We enjoy them a lot, experience a lot with them and connect with a lot of people. I then see them looking for the chain with an oblique eye. If I then say with a wink "well, where is that necklace anyway?", I have another nice conversation.

I normally cycle about 2 x 20 kilometres a day on a beixo Compact to reach my work locations in combination with public transport or colleagues picking me up somewhere. As the train is often absent, or there are no more trains, I regularly cycle 45 kilometres in one go to get home in the evening. Lovely!

On the train in particular, I get a lot of questions about bicycles. You see all kinds of folding bikes. Very compact ones that don't cycle like a normal bicycle and very rickety ones. Then a while later, I see people returning with ....... indeed a Beixo and a smile from ear to ear. 

Then something very special and personal. Something you don't normally share so easily with someone you don't know, but which is part of my Beixo. In 2018, I suffered a heart attack on my Beixo. Not because of the Beixo, but because of what turned out to be a hereditary strain/less healthy past. I just calmly cycled on to my work location because I did not recognise what was going on. A colleague recognised the symptoms and raised the alarm. I ended up on the operating table for a cardiac catheterisation. This revealed a completely occluded dominant coronary artery that could not be bypassed. That would mean open heart surgery. All the while, I was fully conscious. Fortunately, it was seen in time that over the years my body had made its own diversions in the form of small blood vessels formed more or less parallel to the gradual closure of the coronary artery. This is called a collateral. My situation was then discussed by a university hospital, which determined that the independently formed collateral was sufficient. I was allowed to go home immediately after that. According to the specialists, my luck has been a healthy lifestyle. Due to intensive use of my Beixo, my fitness was super and the body was stimulated daily by physical exertion which contributed to the formation of the independently formed bypasses that proved necessary in hindsight. And yes, I still enjoy cycling on my beixos. So the beixo is really more than a folding bike for us, both for my wife and me.  

Congratulations on your 15-year anniversary and good luck for the future!"

The Kouwen family keeps pizza warm with the beixo

Nory Kouwen: "Congratulations on this great anniversary! We bought our beixo four years ago. And since then, it has not only been used during our holidays at home and abroad, but also many times in the boot of the car to work to cover part of the journey on this great 'folding bike'. Many kilometres have already been covered, to our complete satisfaction. 

The picture shows my husband Arjan, last summer at Juno Beach in Normandy. Where we had found a nice spot on the beach with our children to watch the sunset together. And traditionally, for us, that includes a pizza. Unfortunately, the nearest pizzeria was too far of a walk to enjoy a hot pizza then. But of course, there was our beixo again to provide the solution! Never again a holiday without one! Even cycling longer distances is easy on this chainless all-rounder!

And because the saddle and handlebars are so easy to adjust, all four of us now use them gratefully.

Good luck for your business in future years yet!

Arjan, Nory, Nathan and Gaby Kouwen"

The story of 15 years of beixo

The beginning of beixo is the story of two friends who started doing something on the side. Ad, in 2005 just back from a year travelling to South America, helps friend Patrick with the marketing for an idea of his to start a Dutch bike brand.

To make the plans concrete, contact is made with a bicycle manufacturer in Taiwan. He points out to the friends that he can make a folding bike with cardan drive, something that does not yet exist. Before they know it, they order bikes from the manufacturer and the beixo brand is born.

It went to the notary in 2006, under the name beixo. In that name beixo, you recognise bike or bicyclette from English and French, with a South American sauce, inherited from the year on that continent, from the Brazilian-Portuguese beijo, kiss. And also important: it is a word that does not yet exist, so a URL address is easy to claim.

The sale is entirely online. An interested party cannot test drive, there is no showroom or visiting address. Let it come and if it is disappointing, send it back. After ordering a bike, the buyer receives a USB stick with the manual by return, even before the bike itself arrives. It's 2006, every computer has a USB port and so it's totally according to the hippest method.

It runs so well that a "webshop on the side" soon turns into a business where the partners of both, Angelique and Monique, also have to help out. Suddenly there are tasks like sales and accounting.

The range expands with the Slim, a full-fledged city bike, which for residents of an upstairs flat, fits very easily in the stairwell behind the front door: as the handlebars fold down.

In 2007, Patrick and Monique withdraw from the business and Ad and Angelique continue. Online sales expand with a network of dealers throughout the country and immediately Belgium.

On Pelikaanstraat in Utrecht, they open an office and showroom, where potential customers can take a test drive. A few years later, they move to De Bilt. The folding bike develops further: a lighter version with a belt instead of a cardan shaft, the Crosstown, comes along. Later, a low-entry version and an electric version.

And so the target groups also expand. Initially commuters and young people, but immediately also techies who find the cardan drive interesting, and later retirees with lots of free time and an urge to see more of the world from the boat or caravan. But the bike, with its relatively small 20-inch wheels also turns out to appeal to people with 'limitations', such as with balance problems or if someone wants to keep both feet on the ground. Internationally, beixo is also moving forward. Distributors are reporting from Germany, France and Finland.

The Colorbike was used to set up a charity. A cheap city bike in cheerful colours, but with a chain so not a 'real beixo'. For every Colorbike sold, beixo provided a bicycle in a developing country (Nicaragua, Kenya and Bolivia, for instance), so that a child there could cycle to school. For the maintenance of those bikes there Colorbike Tours founded. A bicycle tour company offering guided bicycle tours in the city of Utrecht, with part of the proceeds going directly to Colorbike. The successor to the Colorbike, the Share became beixo's true city bike. The principle of you get a bike here and they get a bike there remained.

For the design of the Share - as the successor to the Colorbike, collaboration was sought with designer Jurgen Kuivenhoven. For the Gsus bike collaborated with clothing brand Gsus. For Brik Bikes, also with cardan, beixo handled the introduction and production and the Tembo, an indestructible bicycle for nurses in Uganda and Kenya, came from a collaboration with Cycling out of Poverty. The Slim is also on its third design and was featured on the front page of the AD Bicycle Test in March 2021.

beixo continues to seek cooperation with other parties. Even in the development of the upcoming 3-wheeled cargo-bike, we enlist the help of technical students from TU Delft, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences and TU Twente, for example. Trainees technically light and screen the new plans and come up with suggestions and recommendations.

From its showroom in the centre of the old village of De Bilt, beixo invites everyone to join in celebrating its 15-year anniversary. Stop by to see our range or book a test ride. Our Compact and Crosstown folding bike, electric or non-electric, the basic folding bike Pyora, the Share and the Slim, after 15 years of development they are at their best. You are most welcome.

The origins of the name and logo over the years.

Our very first logo, the result of an afternoon of brainstorming on 9 February 2006. After dinner (and a glass of wine), things gained momentum. With the map of Europe and a translation programme, we started looking for a catchy translation of the word 'drive shaft'. After a few wanderings, we arrived at the Portuguese 'eixo'. This is pronounced 'eizjo'

Since probably no one knows the correct pronunciation ('eizjo') but will pronounce eixo as 'eiaso', adding a 'b' did not seem unwise. In 'Dutch', the name then became 'bike-zo'.

Logo on the top tube. Recognisability was disappointing, hence an additional sticker on the top tube of the bike anyway. Again in the standard 'Geometric 231' font.

1e refreshment and professionalisation by design agency Skottkara

17 April 2018, 2e refreshment by designer Maarten Benjamin  

Paula and Jan Koopman never camp without their beixos

Jan: "We mainly use the bikes while camping. So far this has been in the Black Forest, in France and in Drenthe. We mainly fell for the ease of maintenance and the chainless thing. Since we wanted to transport the bikes in the car, a clean bike is so convenient anyway. The nice thing about these folding bikes is that you can also use them well without a battery. Even without a battery, it cycles very lightly. I love that shaft drive, but most people don't even notice it. But the moment I mention it, they become interested. Then I can't resist promoting beixo either!

You see so much more when you cycle and with solid electric support, nothing stops you. The best memory was the first year in France. Cycled from the campsite to a village to visit the market, along a route with occasional stunning views! Had we used the car we would have missed out on all that! During that trip there was a big descent just before the village which meant we had to go up on the way back. I was told that it included a stretch of about 17%. The first time I had to dismount, my wife did not, but the second time I just managed it by choosing the right gears. It was exciting for a while but also special to experience that!

We came to beixo through our brother-in-law and brother Theo. He and his wife have a boat and they use it frequently. They were looking for an electric folding bike and came to you via the internet. Theo knew that we were also more or less looking and asked if we might be interested. So we were. And so it came about that the four of us went to De Bilt for a day for a test ride."

Martien and Monique van der Kamp have beixos under the bed

How nice do you want it to be? Driving our van campervan across Spain with two beixo electric folding bikes ... and not on the back of a rack at the door but efficiently folded in the van under the bed!!!

By 'The sense of finding your way through life', we discover beautiful cities, villages and natural areas on our trips with our van campervan. And our Beixo bikes help us discover the last bit we can't reach by campervan.

When we move around Spain on our Beixo bikes we see and hear the reactions when we cycle through a village or arrive somewhere where they definitely don't expect bikes and then the confused looks when they don't see a chain!!!! 

Have had to explain many a time how it works.

Effortlessly, we can take our bikes into mountainous terrain where we have taken several cyclists up the mountain in our slipstream.

Three years ago, we bought our bikes from Reerink Rijwielen and all always without problems and with the necessary kilometres in the wheels. We received an e-mail from Frank Reerink about your action.

In short we are very satisfied with our bikes they are easy to maintain and we are going to have many great adventures with them.

Herewith our story and photos: congratulations on your anniversary!!!

Sincerely,

Martien and Monique van der Kamp

Mariet de Jong gets everywhere with her beixo

"I use my beixo Compact electra now as a kind of aid. My knee is not doing so well at the moment, walking is difficult and then the bicycle is a godsend: I get everywhere with it at the moment. Where I would normally walk, I now go by bike. It's my view of the world that I can't cover on foot. I live on Terschelling and when I go to the shore without a car, the folding bike just goes with me. The people on the boat know me and even help get the bike on the boat, they know I depend on it. Normally, a bike is not allowed on the express boat, only if it is folded. But they know what I need it for, so they let me.

Years ago, I was introduced to the beixo through my motorhome dealer. There was an electric folding bike there and it proved ideal in combination with my motorhome. Not knowing that years later I would use the bike daily from my own home.

It really is a godsend: the bike is small and light and, sometimes after some explanation, just accepted as an aid for my situation, I get everywhere with it. There is such a hockey clip on the front fork, for my walking stick, it's complete that way. I like to advertise it, explain the benefits to y'all and all if it is so convenient. I have sometimes walked around with leaflets in my bag and if people want to, I let them test ride it!"

Frans Mennen cycles with a kitchen grater

In the winter of 2017, at my bike dealer, where my bike was being serviced, I saw a nice model bike: by beixo. When I asked what he intended to do with it, he said he bought the bike for his own use and offered me a test ride. He also gave me a brochure. Later, it turned out that there was also a bike with pedal assistance, and when I asked whether he could order that too, he replied, "I don't work with electric bikes," so I ended up at beixo in De Bilt via the internet. I was well informed with leaflets, prices and the different models. The problem was to find a bicycle dealer in Veldhoven for maintenance and e.g. new tyres. That worked out: Rijwielhandel 'De Uitkomst', owned by father and son J. v.d. Meeren, dared to do it and through them I bought a Beixo E-Slim ordered and also paid for. It was a pleasure to ride it until two years later, after the bike had been standing all winter, the tyres were totally rotten: the tread had come off and I was not reimbursed for them via beixo because two years had already passed. I should have reported this earlier but never noticed!

Somewhat later, I received a leaflet from beixo saying that there was also a bike with a mid-motor instead of the front-wheel motor I was now riding. Asked if I could trade in my bike for the new model. That was not possible but my bike could be 'converted'. In consultation with the dealer, the bike was sent out and after a few days I was informed that it was ready. A heavier battery had also been fitted as the previous one gave too little capacity and thus too little distance per ride. It cost a bit but I am now extremely happy with the 2019 bike. Ride it about 300 to 350 km. per year.

When I had to deal with a hernia in 2020, I had the problem that my right foot slid off the pedal: I actually had no control over it. I then used a 'horse remedy': from a kitchen rasp, I cut out pieces and attached them to the pedals with some trickery. The result was amazing: my foot stayed neatly where I had put it. Getting on and off was very difficult at first, but after a while I didn't even notice. I had told this to the neurologist who treated me and he liked the solution so much that a photo of it was taken immediately, so maybe this solution can be used for others too, something more professional perhaps?

All in all, I am very satisfied (so far) with using the beixo-E-Slim with mid-motor. Hope to enjoy it for a long time to come. Strange though is that despite my many and sometimes distant cycling trips, I have never seen a beixo. Apparently, this bike is not well-known in North Brabant and the Belgian Kempen region. I attract a lot of attention with it!

Greeting: Frans Mennen, Veldhoven

Liek de Beer saves parking money with his beixos

"Some years back I have two Beixo electric silver folding bikes purchased. These exceptionally beautiful bikes of first-class quality are recommended for anyone who finds it difficult to park in big cities. Coincidentally, I bought both Beixo's in the luggage compartment of my Volvo XC 60. Then I pull the suitcase cloth over it and no one can see from outside whether I have two of these folding bicycles there in the boot. If we visit family in The Hague, where you have to pay a lot of parking fees, the car is parked in the outskirts and we cycle the last stretch.

We also use them a lot when we travel around Europe. At the campsite, we throw them on the power to the supplied battery chargers at night before going to bed. And the next morning I disconnect the battery chargers and can then enjoy them again. You see 100 times more on the bike than you do in the car. Besides, when going uphill or downhill, the gears are easy to control. The proportions are right as far as the Beixo frame is concerned in relation to the saddle and pedals. The biggest advantage is the drive shaft. This cardan shaft is very special and I can recommend it to everyone. So great when no more dirty bike chain.

The picture shows Ms De Beer. Both of us own a good helmet. My wife is always particular about the fact that her shopping basket can be on the back of the battery. This For us, Beixo is the champion among electric folding bikes. I recommend to friend and foe all a Beixo."

Liek de Beer

Rinia Fietsen exists 128 years, of which 15 years proud dealer of beixo

Welcome to Rinia Fietsen in Makkum and Harlingen! A renowned company in bicycle sales and repair. The shop in Makkum is now 400m2, making it one of the largest bicycle shops in south-west Friesland. The company found its origins in May 1893 is now the oldest bicycle shop run by the same family, a fact we are very proud of! Since 1 May 2018, we have also opened a second shop in Harlingen. We were also awarded the Court Supplier designation during this period. Ever since Beixo was introduced to the market, Rinia Fietsen has enjoyed selling them from day 1, especially the maintenance-friendly nature of the bikes appeals to many water sports enthusiasts. As a dealer, we are very happy with the good service and after-sales service we receive from Beixo itself; problems are there to be solved should they occur and that is exactly the approach we take in both shops! So, on to the next 15 years of fine cooperation!


You are always welcome to come and visit our beautiful shop and we will be happy to tell you more about all our activities!

Roland van Holten has driven 100,000 beixo kilometres

"I work in metal as a turner/miller. If I remember correctly, I joined beixo through an ad in the Metro. I thought it was an unusual design and fell for the technology: the maintenance of a bike with a cardan shaft is a lot less.

I use my bike for commuting. In the beginning about 25 kilometres a day, later due to my employer's relocation now 35 kilometres. I wanted more gears. First that became an 8-speed Shimano Nexus premium hub, then I also started investigating what other hub would do for even more gears. Rohloff came along, but that was not doable without very big modifications to cardan shaft and frame. That was a real problem. A Shimano Alfine 11 was something that was probably possible in my opinion, you guys at beixo thought otherwise at the time, you had tried it yourself. But as a metalworker, I did have some more options: first I had only made the cassette clutch smaller. This worked but not super, after a few experiments I had it working properly by making a much more far-reaching adjustment to the cassette clutch. Then I ran into a bigger problem: three times the hub, i.e. the outside where the brake disc sits, broke. I then shelved it for quite some time and rebuilt back to 8-speed. After some time, I thought: I need to do something to or with it anyway. I then took the hub completely apart and then started making a new hub housing myself and now with a different brake disc mounting so that it would be sturdier, n this has been working for about 10 years without any problems.

Now about 3.5 years ago, my Slim was also converted to electric and now has about 30,000 kilometres on it. In total, I will have driven about 100,000 kilometres on two Slims.

I would still like to improve the cardan shaft, but am afraid that won't happen again, as conditions have changed quite a bit."

Kysia Hekster on a folding bike through Moscow

Reporter NOS News

Kysia Hekster was a correspondent for the NOS News in Moscow in 2009. In one of the then very popular summer columns, she portrayed the state of Moscow's bicycle road network. And she did so on a beixo Compact. Suddenly, there was a folding bike from beixo cycling through the picture in the News. Fortunately equipped with thick tyres and good brakes, because the cycling roads were not optimal and one even stopped abruptly, the cycle path nicknamed 'cycling road to nowhere'.

Few cities in the world have changed as much in the last 12 years as Moscow. Kysia tells us that a lot has changed for the better for cyclists since then, and attributes a modest role to herself: "Cycling in Moscow is a lot better now, it must be because of my little film from back then. The bike belonged to my husband and he still rides it."

https://www.youtube.com/embed/l89oQc_BQf8?feature=oembedDe Summer column from 2009

Stuart Pattullo was beixo's first foreign client

(English below)

"I came to beixo after an internet search. I then moved from London to a village, which meant I needed a folding bike for commuting. Here that usually means a Brompton, but they are not so good outside the city and I get sick of chain cleaning (the streets in London are *goor* in winter). So I looked for an alternative. I found the beixo website (I targeted Dutch suppliers), took a gamble and ordered it - it just sounded good!

When I lived in London, I visited the Netherlands for work a few days a month, so I knew Dutch cycling culture and had bought a bike there and sent one to the UK, with a closed chaincase. But no such thing existed for folding bikes, and the amount of maintenance required when riding in London was just too much. The cardan shaft seemed like a great innovation - low maintenance but very efficient.   

When I bought the bike, I went to London as a commuter bike-train-bike. Now I no longer work in London and now I commute part-time (a complicated bike-train-bike-bus route) and work from home some days. On family outings at weekends (and in lockdown!) on the bike, I usually ride my big bike with my 3-year-old son on the back, and my wife rides the beixo.

It rides easily. Comfortable enough that you don't need to wear special clothing, and of course no chain where your trousers can get caught in it. For a bike with three gears, the gear ratios are very good, and with the wheel size it rides hybrid - I often ride on rough country roads and towpaths - cycle paths in England are often mud and gravel - as well as regular roads. Folding it in is easy. And despite being bigger when folded than some other folding bikes, it easily fits in the luggage rack on trains (and some buses).

To be fair, the drive shaft most people don't notice, it's so nicely built into the frame! When I point it out to them, they often rub their eyes. Most people are curious and impressed, often wanting to try it and they totally like the idea of simple maintenance. The only comments I get are from fixed-gear enthusiasts, well, for them you never do it right."

Stuart Pattullo was beixo's first foreign customer

"I found beixo through an internet research. At the time, I was moving from London to a small town, meaning I really needed a folding bike for commuting. Here, that mostly means Bromptons, but they're not so good outside the city, and I'd got really sick of cleaning chains (London roads are *filthy* in the winter). So I was looking for an alternative. I found the Beixo website (I'd been concentrating on Dutch providers) and decided to take a gamble and order it - it sounded just right!

At the time, I was living in London, but my job had me in the Netherlands a couple of days a month, so I'd been exposed to the Dutch cycling culture, and had bought a bike over there, as well as one to send back to the UK, with fully enclosed chain. But there was no such thing for folding bikes, and the level of maintenance needed to ride regularly on London streets was just too much. The shaft drive seemed to be a great innovation - low maintenance but high efficiency.

When I bought the bike, it was for commuting to London - bike-train-bike. Now I don't work in London anymore, so it's a combination of part-time commuting (I have a complex bike-train-bike-bus commute) and work from home several days. Family weekend (and lockdown!) bike rides - I tend to ride my full-size bike with my 3-year-old son on the back, and my wife rides the Beixo.

It's very easy to ride. Comfortable enough not to need specialist clothing, and of course, no chain to mangle your trousers. For a 3-speed, the gear range is very good, and the wheel size means it's good as a hybrid - I often ride it on rough country tracks and canal towpaths - cycle facilities in rural areas in the UK are often dirt and gravel - as well as on the roads. Folding is easy. Although it's larger than some other folding bikes, it still easily fits into storage on board trains (and even some buses).

To be honest, most people don't notice the shaft drive, as it's so well built into the frame! When pointed out, they tend to do a double take. Most people are curious and impressed, with several keen to try it out, and like the idea of having something much simpler to maintain. The only negative comments tend to come from fixed-gear purists and, well, there's no pleasing someone like that."

Pascal van den Ham uses her Share as a cargobike

How I got to my Share bowl? That goes way back... Once upon a time...there was a girl from Enschede. I moved to Utrecht in 2008 and was looking for a nice city bike. The bright colours of the Colorbikes and the good story, the bike-for-a-bike principle, really appealed to me. After years of loyal service, a few years ago I switched to the Colorbike's successor, the sturdy modern city bike Share, and I enjoy it a lot now.

It's a very stable bike that you can carry a lot of stuff on, I need for my small business. It's called a cargobike these days, right? And it has a smooth city look. And no maintenance!!! All I do is inflate the tyres every now and then. And that cardan drive, regularly I hear: Hey where's the chain! And: At least your chain is not off.

But especially the 'Share' story, for every Share sold here in the Netherlands, beixo makes a bicycle available to a schoolchild in a third-world country. Nicaragua, not everyone in this world can afford to buy a bicycle and work or school are sometimes very far to walk.

I still sometimes go away for a weekend, camping nearby and then with all my stuff-tent, sleeping bag, mat, on the Share I can do that! Once I was mistaken for a tramp when I rode through an expensive residential area in Bilthoven.... On my nice bike!

Theo Wennekes' Gsusbike evolved over time

Some 12 years ago I bought Beixo's Gsusbike, just because it was a nice little gadget....

Meanwhile, the bike evolved with the times. First with mudguards, a suspension seatpost and higher handlebars for more comfort.

Then the "inevitable" addition of an electric motor. See the attachment with photos of the current and below the original state. And yes, it still bikes fine!

Congratulations on your 15th anniversary!

Sincerely,

Theo Wennekes

Herman Borcheld: lowest entry and feet on the ground

Herman Borcheld wanted a bike with the lowest step-in and to keep his feet on the floor at the stoplight. "It was either don't cycle, or cycle on this."

Herman Borcheld (born 1934) has cycled a lot and enjoyed cycling all his life. As a boy, he cycled eighteen kilometres every day from Borger to school in Emmen and, of course, eighteen kilometres back. "Young Hennie Kuiper often cycled through our village and we would follow him. He played with us, made us come and then he would go wild." But at a certain age, Borcheld could no longer get his leg over the bars properly. "I had a good Gazelle, but it became increasingly difficult. On holiday at the campsite in Apeldoorn, we started looking at bikes with a low step-up. And someone said to me 'why don't you get a moped?' I didn't want to: you sit on a moped, you don't cycle on one. I finally found the bike with the lowest step-through around the corner in De Bilt: the beixo Compact."

He waved away any surprise at the fact that it is a folding bike. "It was either don't cycle, or cycle on this and it rides fine! Especially in combination with a tour handlebar and the pin-up seat post, which puts the saddle slightly backwards. At traffic lights, I can stay on my saddle, with both feet on the ground. For me, the clamp of the folding point is mounted at the bottom and now the entry is 35 centimetres. It can't get any lower in my opinion."

We at beixo regularly see Mr Borcheld racing by at the showroom. He is right: it drives just fine!

Below is the bike with the pin-up seatpost, which makes the saddle sit slightly backwards.  

Karin Lambrechtse gets groceries for Team Jumbo-Visma on her folding bike

Performance chef & sports dietitian at Team Jumbo-Visma.

Wanted a folding bike in the colour of her employer's bikes: the celeste blue Bianchis of Team Jumbo-Visma. Thus, she had her own 'mini folding Bianchi'."After quite a few hours of Googleing I came to Pyōra/beixo ended up. Turned out the light blue so similar to the sea blue celeste of the Bianchi road bikes that Team Jumbo-Visma rode until 2021 was just sold out. After contacting the showroom from beixo in De Bilt was arranged via a dealer in Belgium, super service. The folding bike had to meet specific requirements! Like really lightweight, very compact, a cool, sleek and modern design without too many frills, a belt drive (no chain, that gives so much lubrication!) and it had to be somewhat affordable. Because I first came across an English site, it looked like a foreign brand and I thought, darn, that will be hard to buy this one, but it is so cool!!! However, the cool green-blue folding bike turned out to be made and sold in the Netherlands. Yes!


For my work as Performance Chef and Sports Dietician for a cycling team (Team Jumbo-Visma), I travel around Europe in my cooking/cooling van for a large part of the year. Very occasionally, it happens that I just seem to miss a few essential products. Our riders eat to the gram and deviating too much from your recipe is no fun. At that moment, there is no colleague and/or car nearby. Everyone is on the race! Not really the time to call a colleague and ask if they can stop by the supermarket for you. Waiting for them to come back is not an option either, as that can take quite a long time and kicks the whole cooking schedule into disarray, and walking to a supermarket usually takes too long. Ideally, I would like to jump on my bike and rush to the nearest supermarket in good Dutch "hup!" fashion. A folding bike seemed like the ideal solution for getting the necessary items quickly and independently from others without wasting time. The Pyōra fits perfectly between the passenger seat and the dashboard next to me in the car and so it is easy to carry without taking up too much space. It's also great to escape from the hustle and bustle of the course on the Pyōra by cycling around during the short break moments (if there are any) and enjoying the scenery we've ended up in (instead of being parked next to the hotel all day). Either way, it is my course mate and always goes with me. In addition, of course, a folding bike is also nice and handy when I am not at work, but, for example, travelling in NL by public transport and can cycle to an appointment or to my parents who live just outside the big city.


I got a lot of reactions, mostly et a big smile! "Huh, do you have a mini folding Bianchi now???". Or "What a cool folding bike say!". They were very curious and the bike attracted a lot of attention. It is a little bike that stands out. Most people love the colour, the design and the drive-belt. A unique folding bike with no fuss. And the bike held up well among the professional riders, for sure! We often laughed and joked with the Pyōra. Some riders picked it up like that and wanted to win a mountain or sprint stage on it. Haha! It was fun to see the bike among the pros!"

Debbie Tarenskeen featured in newspaper with her beixo

She blew the praises of her beixo Compact folding bike in a cycling special in De Gelderlander.

At the end of 2009, Debbie Tarenskeen from Arnhem stood with her new beixo Compact in the newspaper. De Gelderlander made a special about, at the time, unusual bikes: a recumbent bicycle, a cargo bike, an electric bike and Debbie with her folding bike without a chain. That technology caught the attention of colleagues and she herself was particularly charmed by the practical advantage: no oil stains on your clothes and low maintenance. She was lyrical about it.

That lyric remained. In 2020, Debbie traded in her regular Compact for a Compact Electra. She clearly liked the bike and electric riding now too.

"I cycled regularly and pleasantly, but never very far. Now that I electric riding, I make long distances, I ride into the Veluwe, into nature, it goes super light. I'm originally from The Hague, and of course Arnhem has a few hills. My husband always laughs when I complain about it, that I 'have to go up the hump', but now I don't suffer from anything.     

My husband does not have an electric bike, when I cycle normally on my new one, he breaks down trying to keep up with me. So I cycle very slowly now when we cycle together, I hold back. He will probably buy an electric bike soon too and then I will have another problem: he has very long legs, so then he will go very fast again."  

Incidentally, in the same special, De Gelderlander very sharply signalled a new trend in cycling country: the rise of electric bikes for people in their forties, then called 'bikes for lazy bikers'.   

Pictured: Debbie times a bike ride to Rheden. Below is the newspaper article from 2009.