Bike Check – The Beach Bikes of Egmond Pier Egmond
by Emmie Collinge
Beach bikes are a rare breed, which aren’t easily placed in a category (unless, of course, that category is ‘beach bikes’). With our curiosity well and truly piqued, we headed on the beach in Egmond aan Zee with the resolve to find out which bikes are setting the tone for this emerging discipline and just what is needed to get over the sand.
We caught up with Sjaaky, who rides a Wikkit Cycles Q-Bomb 2.0. Based in this small seaside town, Wikkit design all their bikes in the Netherlands before sending them to be hand-made in the Czech Republic. This is Wikkit’s latest model that is built around the fork, with the aim to create a longer bike that has the stability to be ridden at high speeds. Designed in the Netherlands and hand-made in the Czech Republic, this model has the standover height of a 26 inch wheel bike. A longer top tube (4cm longer than Wikkit’s regular 29er) and rear end, and cranks that are about 3cm lower. Dennis explains: ‘Some bikes struggle at 60km/h, they start to get a speed wobble so we started with the fork and then created the rest of the bike. We have found that it gives you about 7% more power so that means you can ride all the entries and exits to the beach easily.’