A Closer Look: 2011 Viva Juliett Dutch Bike

13 Feb

I’ve never believed in love at first sight. Interest, yes. Attraction, yes. But head-over-heels love? I think not. But sometimes the interest is so great and the attraction so strong that you can’t shake it, even if you aren’t looking for love. That’s how it was with my husband; interest and attraction turned quickly into a crush I couldn’t deny.

And that’s how it was my Viva Juliett. I first saw Juliett at the San Francisco Bike Coalition‘s Winterfest where Mike’s Bikes had donated her for the benefit auction. She was cherry red and luscious cream and shiny chrome and I was smitten. But I certainly didn’t need a beautiful but impractical bike so I didn’t bid on her.

Still, I couldn’t forget her. After two test rides and much consternation, I took the plunge and brought her home. Now, two years later, I can’t imagine how I didn’t see her practicality along with her beauty. I love this bike.

Viva Juliett 2011
Juliett came equipped with almost everything I needed for my short commute and for errands all over town.

It’s been two years and I’m still in love. Do you have a bike that you’re head over heels in love with?

Viva Juliett Rear View

Location: Gamble Gardens, Palo Alto, California, USA


Posted by on February 13, 2013 in Bike Gallery


4 responses to “A Closer Look: 2011 Viva Juliett Dutch Bike

  1. ken

    February 14, 2013 at 5:05 am

    I’ve got a 1993/4 Univega mountain bike that fits me like a glove. It was love at first sight and it has never let me down. The only upgrades are a rack & slicks and it has carried me all over Britain and Holland. Its awfully scratched now from the ferry crossings, its a bit tired too and some parts are well outdated, but even though I have 4 other, much newer bikes, it is still my Uni that does everything I want it to. I’m happy!

  2. Rachel Unger

    February 14, 2013 at 7:57 am

    I feel the same way about my 2010 Vita. 🙂 We go everywhere together – errands, centuries…

    I almost bought a Trek Navigator 3000 from a rental place because I enjoyed riding that so much, and it would have been my new errand bike – except we were in South Carolina at the time and that would have been a pain to ship.

  3. Maggie

    July 1, 2013 at 2:08 am

    I have my Electra and my Schwinn’s which are perfection….


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