This is the female version of the Old Shatterhand. As with its younger sister, the female/unisex Young Shatterhand, this bicycle comes with a curved upper frame. But there is a difference. The Old Shatterhand is a little more classic, and therefore has a somewhat more elegant line to the frame, recalling a lady in a white long dress, white gloves and a wide-brimmed hat, riding along a narrow English country road... As Søren says:
A few years ago, a lot of girls here in Copenhagen started putting plastic flowers on their bicycle baskets. If you are that kind of girl, this is the bicycle for you
In comparison to the Young Shatterhand, this bicycle is a little bit more mature, maybe a little older, a little stiffer, a little stronger and somewhat heavier. This bike will not help you turn, it will not reveal its power unless you ask for it - but it will happily follow your instructions if you take control. When you get to know it, it will turn into a reliable friend, and the Old Shatterhand is known for working without any problems or hiccups for years and years to come.
The wheels are 700C-size, meaning that this bike is excellent for taking longer trips, escaping the city and going into the countryside. A classic tour bike. If you plan to bring your child along, this is the model we recommend for mounting a child’s seat on the handlebars. Very Scandinavian thinking, very safe and the best way to keep an eye on your child when riding, instead of placing the child behind you, where little Peter or Christina just will spend the whole trip staring into Daddy’s or Mummy’s back. In Søren Sögrenis words:
Some people say the Old Shatterhand looks a little like a classic Raleigh bike from the 30s. I wanted to design a real reliable, hard-working friend, and it came out brilliantly.
Before you purchase an Old Shatterhand, we would like you to customize it a bit first. Pick a size, number of gears, colour and a few other options, and you're ready to go! If you have any questions regarding how to purchase a bicycle, don't hesitate to call us at +45 33 12 78 79 or contact us by email.
When you purchase, these are the options available for customization.
Like a shirt or a pair of shoes, a bicycle comes in different sizes. Some people like small bicycles, other a bigger bicycle, but this is what we recommend for your height: Small (48 cm frame) if you are up to 1,65-1,70 meters tall. Medium (52 cm frame) if you are between 1,65 and 1,75 meters tall. Large (56 cm frame) if you are between 1,75 and 1,85 meters tall. Extra Large (60 cm frame) if you are above 1,85 meters tall.You could also measure the distance from the floor (standing up, but remember to take off your shoes) to your groin. For women, this is easy. For the gentlemen: please remember to measure up to the groin, not to the lowest-hanging part of your groin… If you measure 80 centimeters from the floor to the groin, deduct 25 = you are very close to the 56 cm frame, as your result is 55.
A bicycle without any extra gears at all (a single speed bicycle) is the simplest, and in a way, the most elegant way to build a bicycle. If you choose this option, you will also never have any problems with your gears freezing in the middle of winter, and you will never have to grease them up or actually do anything. Important: Choosing single speed does not mean that braking is made hard or dangerous, we do not build “fixies”. Your pedals will not keep on turning when you stop threading. But still, gears are helpful, both in the city and in the countryside. After all, the athletes doing the Tour de France do use bicycles with a lot of gears! We offer the single speed solution, a 3-speed gear and a continuously variable gear. The continuously variable gear gives you a bicycle with approximately 11 gears, but without any “fixed” shifting between gears.
You can choose between 8 different colours. Click here for additional information on the colours.
The glossy colours attract light better and shine more than the matte.
The bell comes in 4 different materials: brass, copper, stainless steel and zinc finish. It is really down to personal preference, but we feel that a glossy bicycle and a bell in brass or copper does the trick. And a matte bicycle looks even better with a steel or zinc bell. But you choose!
Choose between steel, brass or copper. The pedals come with the Sögreni brand stamped on them, and these are sturdy fellows, not those plastic pedals which will crack within a year or two. We think that the pedal should match the bell material, as this looks nice and brings harmony to the bicycle.
You can choose between black, antique brown or honey brown. Your choice of saddle colour should be the same as your choice of Sögreni handlebars. But that is only our opinion. Generally, a dark bicycle and a light-colored saddle fit perfectly together. And vice-versa. One of the best-looking bicycles we ever made is the combination of the Maria color, with a honey brown saddle and honey brown handles. But again, you are the one in charge here.
See above, "Brooks Saddle'.
Painting the rims the same colour as the bicycle looks very good. It’s like matching furniture with the wallpaper, or matching your brown leather shoes with a fabulous leather belt from Milan. You could paint the rims another colour than the bicycle, but we don't recommend it.
75% of our bicycles are delivered with the matte aluminium delta-coated finish together with brass fittings. If you wish the fender to be painted the same color as the bicycle, just go ahead and tell us. It will make the bicycle even more special, and we really love to paint them at the same time as the frame. It looks really good!
The story here is very much the same as for the rims. Not very many people opt for this, but is really looks good, and we love doing it, it enhances the whole bicycle. We recommend you to do this in the same colour as the bike. Other options are of course possible, but it might look a little strange.
Normally, using the pedals as a brake is quite enough, at least for normal city usage of the bicycle. If you want extra control, and want to be able to stop very quickly, order the front brake. We recommend this front brake, a powerful mechanism that will stop you and your bicycle in a matter of seconds. The lever is placed on the right hand side, unless you ordered extra gears. In that case, we place it on the left hand side - there simply is no space for both on the right hand side of the handlebars.
Your Sögreni bicycle might be admired by other people, and thieves might also notice it. The good news is that a bicycle this special is quite hard to pass on to a buyer. If you choose to have a mounted lock or not is up to you. We think it looks better without, and instead, get the Sögreni wire lock, availible in the accessories section. The important thing is that you lock you bike onto something, attaching it will make your bicycle hard to steal, as the thief will need to cut through the wire to be able to move it - and that catches attention and takes time. A mounted lock is good, a wire lock is better. But the mounted lock is easier to use on a daily basis.
The kickstand is not designed by Sögreni, but something we get from great suppliers in Germany in Switzerland, like the Esge kickstand. This is a no fuss kickstand, nothing special but it performs nicely. If you normally park with access to a bicycle rack, or are used to leaning your bicycle up against a wall, you won’t need one. On the other hand, a kickstand might come in handy in other places. Your choice. We personally think the bicycle looks better without a kickstand.
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