How Latvian bicycles are going everywhere in the world

How Latvian bicycles are going everywhere in the world

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Bicycles are indeed becoming one of the most popular forms of transportation in the world nowadays. And there are several reasons for this growing interest in bicycles. Of course, they are a way for people to be healthier, besides the fact that it is fun to ride them. They also let people to socialize with others, and are a really good plan for families and kids. But another important aspect to highlight here is that bicycles make cities much more sustainable in different senses, including economical as well as environmental. For that reason, it is not an accident that many countries around the planet have been increasingly insisting in the importance of having bicycles as a main form of transportation, and as a consequence, they have adopted different strategies to incentivize the use of bicycles among their citizens. A clear example of this is the building of special routes for bikes in the cities.

Latvian cities are not different in this aspect. Many of them can in these days be visited by bike, and so, it is no exaggeration at all to claim that for many locals and visitors, it is a joy to take their bikes and go wherever they want, stopping wherever and whenever they want. It is simply a pleasure to enjoy Latvia in this way. The counterpart in the economy of this growing interest in bicycles in Latvia is that Latvian bicycles are becoming very popular outside Latvia. They are seen now as an important item for exports, which has helped to boost the manufacturing industry of bicycles, parts, and accessories in the country.

The following list will give you an idea of some of the products that the bicycle industry in Latvia  produces and exports to different countries around the globe.

In the case that you look for another type of bicycle

Let us look first to bicycles for children. And let us start with MGS Factory (http://www.mgsfactory.lv), a family business founded in 2010 that focuses on the production of toys for children. One of the main products that MGS Factory produces, through their brand Dip Dap, is run bikes for children between 3 and 5. These are bikes for indoor and outdoor use, and the main idea behind them is to help to facilitate the motor development of children, and prepare them for the use of regular bikes in the future. Their products can be found in countries such as Germany, Estonia, and the Netherlands.

Image courtesy of Sergejs Babikovs at Flickr.com
Image courtesy of Sergejs Babikovs at Flickr.com

Another company that should be mentioned here is Velo Machine Ltd (http://velomachine.lv/en/). This company also focuses on children between 3 and 5, so they can develop motor skills and be prepared for regular bikes in the future as well. The company employs materials that are friendly with the environment, and products that come from the countries that belong to the European Union. Its main product is the classic Mini Sparite, but in general, its products can be found in countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Finland.

Likewise, sometimes you need a bicycle that people with some disability can use, no matter whether they are children, adults, or seniors. And that is the concept on which the producers of Hopp bikes (http://www.hopp.lv/) rely. They produce tricycles that persons belonging to this part of the population can use, paying attention not only to those details having to do with the bicycle’s function, but also to its appearance. The idea is that the bicycle should be not only functional, but also appealing, and this is particularly important regarding children.

Or in the case that you look for accessories for your bicycle

Of course you enjoy your bike a lot. But sometimes your bike can become a problem. For example, how to decide where to keep it, and how to do it? Some Latvian companies have taken these worries into account, and have produced accessories that can be useful for any person.

Image courtesy of Velo Sock at velosock.com/
Image courtesy of Velo Sock at velosock.com/

 

Bicycles do not need to be a problem. They can even become a beautiful component of a living room, or at least, of some room at home. And that is what Velo Sock (https://velosock.com/) does. This company produces elastic bike socks that not only have beautiful designs that can fit with any room in your place, but also help you to avoid bringing in sand or mud after your ride. 

Another product that should be mentioned here is the FIXA bike shelf, which is basically a bicycle stand where you can keep your bike at home. The idea is that the stand can also be used as a piece of furniture where you can place a small plant, a book or some sort of decorative item. It is a product that has received some attention in countries such as Germany, Thailand, and the United Kingdom, thanks precisely to its multifunctional character.

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