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06 March 2010

“Onthel” Bike: Antique and Unique Bike in Indonesia

"Onthel" (Javanese language, means "push or propelling”)-bike is a standard bicycle with 28-inch tire's size. A bicycle, also known as a bike, push bike or cycle, is a pedal-driven, human-powered, single-track vehicle, having two wheels attached to a frame, one behind the other. A person who rides a bicycle is called a cyclist or a bicyclist.

Bicycles can be categorized in different ways: e.g. by function, by number of riders, by general construction, by gearing or by means of propulsion. The bicycle products also can be classified into 3 variants of the standard frame-sizes 57, 61 and 66 cm. There are different between bicycles used for men and woman, a clear gender classification of bike!

Male's Bike

Female's Bike

Bicycles were ever used by urban communities in Indonesia until the 1970s. Various brands of bicycles range from the premium brand, such as Fongers and Gazelle, until the common brands, such as Simplex, Burgers, Raleigh, Humber, Rudge, Batavus, Phillips, can be found and well-known in Indonesia market at this time.

In the 1970s, the existence of bicycles is displaced with the new models which are compacted in size and not distinguished between male and female bike-designs. The new popular bike's model was made in China and known as Phoenix brand. Then, the Phoenix bikes have also been shifted by Mountain Bikes models since the 1980s. Today “Onthel”-bike widely used by rural communities for their daily activities.


Mountain Bike

Because of his age and scarcity, the "Onthel" has been transformed into antique and unique bikes since the 2000s. Like all antiques, bicycles are most valuable when the finish is original and in good condition. During the last decade "Onthel" bikes are being hunted by groups or hobbyist to be collectible or to ride for pleasure.

In Indonesia more than 100 groups or communities of "onthel" bikes promote the importance of riding bike. When the fuel price raising and the lack of pollution control, bicycling is a transportation alternative. It’s good for health and fights global warming.

"Onthel"-Cyclist Just Married, Source: Flickr

Bicycles that used to be ancient and lout might be return back to the main transportation in the future. Enjoy!

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