Batavus Utility Bike by VanBerlo


Eindhoven designers VanBerlo have been awarded an iF gold award for their Batavus Utility Bike, which has a frame based on the shape of a paperclip.

The city bike has wide tyres and a coaster-brake mechanism, with the down tube and top tube made from a single bent pipe.

The design was one of 50 projects to be awarded at the ceremony in Hanover yesterday.

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On the 2nd of March 2010 VanBerlo has won an iF Gold award, one of the most prestigious international product design prizes with the Batavus Utility Bike. During the concept development phase at the VanBerlo design studio, the paperclip was used for inspiration which can be seen best in the shape of the frame of the bike. Functionality and urban lifestyle were the fundamental motivation during this process. With its comfortable riding position and internal gears the BUB captures the successful characteristics of the original bike but because of the chunky extra-wide tyres and colourful elements it’s a totally new city bike.

The design of the Batavus BUB uses the paperclip as a theme for its functional simplicity and iconic personality. The BUB (Batavus Utility Bike) transforms the legendary ‘granny bike’ into an all new ‘city bike’. Incorporating those same qualities as before, the BUB has a comfortable, durable and lightweight construction, with chunky extra-wide tyres. It is fun to ride and fits the needs perfectly of modern day city life. The innovative single bent tube and the interchangeable coloured parts create a unique and customisable bike, full of personal expression. The accessories, for example the panniers are also designed with the paperclip in mind, merging functionality and fashion.

With its extensive awareness of consumer and mobility trends, VanBerlo has created a unique new image for the Batavus brand that stands out in the modern urban environment.

Posted on Wednesday March 3rd 2010 at 2:07 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • tonykuoli

    We’ve seen a similar clip bicycle idea before…
    Clip 8 by Giant Bicycles

    • the clip 8 is very ugly instead of the BUB

  • Xit

    What would have happened if the designer was holding a banana instead of a paperclip ?

  • trevor

    I would really like this! Will it be available to purchase?

  • nicey

    gotta agree with Xit. i just can’t get the relevance of bent-paperclip-to-bike and it looks more like a kryptonite ‘D’ lock. makes for a horrible connection (i.m.h.o.) between the bent tube and the front fork post.

  • Trevor, This bike will be available in the US sometime this spring. Estimated retail is $550, so it will be at the low end of the Batavus price range.

    I reviewed a prototype of the bike recently. Read it here if you are interested:

  • Happy_Robot

    Thous joints are awful!
    And a poor excuse for that huge flange under the top tube.
    Could be better for this price.
    Grips would destroy your palms.

  • Andy

    This is the original and most ugly paperclip bike

  • Henry

    Just curious, but what is the benefit of white tires?

  • @Henry

    White tires must get less hot in the summer, and allow for better camouflage in the winter….

  • Erik

    I’ve got a bicycle entirly held together with paperclips and tape!
    This bicycle doesn’t look dutch. More german or USA.
    We call that ‘truttig’ in dutch.. very ‘truttig’

  • eric

    That bike is sweeeeeet! Looks more Danish than Dutch, but I love it.

  • @Henry

    White tires look great when the bike is new in the shop… but that changes after a few rides on oily roads. Regardless of the color though, those Schwalbe Big Apple tires are pretty nice and make for a comfortable ride.

  • willem

    do not refer to traditional black dutch bikes, known as oma-bikes with trugtrap-rem. beautifully undesigned. just recycled.

  • batavus, never die…

    i have one of heren vintage…