Before I found the Raleigh Tourist, I came across the Batavus Old Dutch online. I have recently had the chance to have a proper look at one up close, parked up outside work. The bike is priced around the £350 mark, which is quite reasonable considering some of the components on the bike. On closer inspection however, some of the component choices of the Batavus are quite baffling.
The bike has the usual mudguards, chain case, skirt guard, rack and dynamo lights you would expect from this kind of bike. The saddle appears to be a pretty basic affair, the frame is nicely lugged, although I think that the seat tube angle is a bit steep for this kind of bike.
The Old Dutch comes with a SRAM 3 speed internal hub gear with coaster brake. It is odd to see SRAM internal hub gears on a bike in this price range because of the three main manufacturers of internal hub gears (Sturmey Archer and Shimano being the other two), SRAM are by far and away the most expensive.
Presumably because of the expensive rear hub, Batavus decided to cut corners on the front-end of the bike:
The front end of the bike has a rather uncharacteristic calliper brake instead of a drum brake, and the dynamo is a bottle dynamo rather than a hub dynamo. I am curious as to why Batavus would choose such an expensive rear hub only to pair it with such low-end components on the front. For the same money as this set up they could have used a Sturmey-Archer or Shimano 3-speed coaster brake hub on the rear wheel and a Sturmey drum brake and dynamo hub on the front (or a Shimano roller brake and dynamo hub if they wanted to go down the Shimano route).
Having seen one of these bikes up close, I am quite glad I ended up finding the Raleigh Tourist instead.