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Riding Year-Round with the Dutch Men in Black

  January 14, 2013

Stef Peels is a 47-year-old recreational bicyclist from Helmond in the Netherlands. He rides for fitness and fun as part of the team Mennekes in Black (MIB), a play on the movie Men in Black. The group rides every Sunday year-round. “We go in the sun, rain and snow, no exceptions.”

When Stef decided to replace his old mountain bike, he tested a belt drive Van Nicholas 29er and was hooked. But first he had to convince his wife that he needed a new bike. “She accepted and I was ready to go. Yes!”

Stef decided to get a Van Nicholas, a Dutch brand that specializes in titanium frames. He did some research and determined that a Carbon Drive would be a great low-maintenance option. He worked with his local bike shop, Cycletrend Nuenen, a Van Nicholas dealer. Stef decided to get a custom Zion Rohloff 29er with Carbon Drive and Lefty fork. “When it was finished I saw the bike and I was really satisfied.” The bike is “a real eye catcher.”

Thanks for sharing your story, Stef. Happy riding and keep in touch!