Bike Spotting: Pointer Classica Typical Dutch Bike

16 Apr

If I were back in the Netherlands I wouldn’t have given it a second glance: a sturdy city bike locked up outside an apartment building with a heavy chain. But it was chained to a lamp post in Menlo Park, California, not Amsterdam, so I had to stop and investigate. I’ve never seen the brand before and I can’t guess its vintage, but I was pretty sure it was Dutch even before an internet search. How so? The evidence is in the tell-tale details.

Pointer Classica

Strip away a few accessories and this typical Dutch bike could pass for an American bike from my childhood.

Note: An internet search revealed very little about Pointer except that it’s a Dutch brand like Gazelle and Batavus. If you know more about Pointer bikes or what vintage this bike might be, please leave a comment!

Location: Linden Oaks neighborhood in Menlo Park, California, USA, near Stanford University.


Posted by on April 16, 2013 in Bike Gallery


2 responses to “Bike Spotting: Pointer Classica Typical Dutch Bike

  1. I Cycle (@I_Cycle_2)

    April 18, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Judging by the frame and the lights, I’d guess this bike is early or mid 80′s.
    Pointer is one of the smaller dutch bicycle brands, but still good quality. Limited range of bicycles but enough choice for the dutch commuter, student, paperboy or grocery cyclist. The brand exists for several decades now and focuses mainly on the dutch market. So spotting one on that site of the ocean is rather unique.
    Home site of Pointer bicycles:

    • ladyfleur

      April 18, 2013 at 9:27 am

      Thanks for the info. Based on the paint and decal colors, I was guessing it was late 80s to early 90s. I saw a lot of teal green and burgundy red colors together here during that time. Now I wonder why I ever wore those colors together. Not really very flattering.


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