Heerenveen is much bigger than we expected so were running
late for our appointment!
On the other side of town we finally find the KOGA MIYATA
factory stowed away in an industrial estate and thats
not exactly up my street!
When we finally arrive, Hans, the charming assistant is waiting
for us in the showroom where our attention is immediately
drawn by the diversity of bicycles shown here. Were
just in time for coffee, Hans says, and while were enjoying
refreshment Hans tells us about the history and strategy of
Meanwhile my bike is taken downstairs for a complete check-up
in the workshop where every spot of dust or other inconvenience
is taken care of! If my bike was a cat Im sure it would
be purring right now from sheer happiness. My fatigued body
and limbs are aching for a little pampering, but no, the physical
needs of a weather beaten globetrotter are not met.
While the bicycle is properly looked after we get a complete
guided tour around the spick and span workplace. The relaxed
atmosphere reveals that this is a thriving company thanks
to its expertise and quality: mass production has never been
We have a chat with the highly skilled workers and feel how
proud they are of their craftsmanship: every bicycle leaving
this factory is accompanied by a manufacturers pass signed
and dated by the person who assembled it.
I look at my brother Jens and read his thoughts: can we resist
it? Shall we make a ride on that super tandem model? Hans
smiles his approval and off we go! Were applauded by
the spectators and make a lap of honour through the workplace!
The range of bicycles is so overwhelming that everybody starts
dreaming. "If I were a rich man..." is the tune
thats playing through many a head today.
Thanks to the generous sponsoring of KOGA MIYATA Ive
been a "very rich man" for the last 3 months and
I dont necessarily mean this in financial aspect.
Once more we would like to say "thanks" to Hans
and the fantastic mechanics of KOGA MIYATA in Heerenveen for
a most informative day. And as people say in Friesland "Oant