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Dutch Bicycle History: Union Rijwielen

Dutch Bicycle History: Union Rijwielen

1917 Bike advertisement, in use since 1914.
The motto: "Rijwielen zullen door de eeuwen heen hun roem handhaven" ("Bicycles will stay famous throughout the centuries"), was thought up by B.J. van den Berg.
The monograph 'URD' stands for Union Rijwielen Dedemsvaart.

Dedemsvaart is a village in the North of the Dutch province of Overijssel, in the central Eastern part of the country.
Drawn by Joh. Wil. Pootjes

More about 'Union'
The brand name 'Union' appears first in the list of the Dutch 'Bureau voor Industriele Eigendommen' in 1905. The name 'Union' was coined after Van den Berg saw a ship 'Union fait force' on the river Rhine.

The 'Union' factory was founded in July 1904 by B.J. (Berend Jan) van den Berg. At that time Van den Berg had already - among other, very modest firms - a local bicycle trade in which he sold Dutch Fongers, Burgers and Corona bicycles.

When the factory started in 1904, Van den Berg imported a wagon full of German 'Orion' bicycles which where re branded. Because these bicycles were very heavy, they did not sell as quickly as he had hoped. After some thinking he then decided to make his own bikes.

At first he bought the frames from the Dutch 'Gazelle' factory. But later on, after some trials (and errors!) he succeeded to built his own quality frames and 'Union' would became one of the largest Dutch bicycle brands. These bicycles were sold with guaranty.
But Van den Berg also sold bicycles without guaranty. Those much cheaper (and poorer) bikes, named 'Klokkenlager 1' where produced in Germany by 'Lowe'.

Once The Netherlands had dozens of real bicycle factories, and hundreds of bicycle brands.


Sigh...Ishikawa (National Brand) Bicycle Shop

Sigh...Ishikawa (National Brand) Bicycle Shop

When I was placed in Shimoda City 4 years ago, I came to this bicycle shop and purchased what I now ride around town. The owner said he had a son, but that his son didn't want anything to do with a bicycle shop or living here in Shimoda.

The Black and White banner means he has passed away.

So... this will soon be a parking lot.

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