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.