Kona’s Africabike Three: What’s Not to Love?

2011 aluminum Kona Africabike Three. Image from konaworld.com

Do you like Dutch bikes, but not the price? Do you need a budget option for daily transportation? Would you like a “beater” bike that you can leave outside without worrying? Would you like any or all of the above and the fabulous feeling that comes from giving as well? Take a look at Kona’s Africabike Three.

The bicycle has an integrated rear rack capable of holding a passenger. A three-speed internally geared hub will get most people around in all but the hilliest areas. The big front basket will carry a bag of groceries. The front wheel stabilizing spring helps keep the bicycle from tipping over. Coaster brake and front hand brake stop you safely. There is even a partial chain guard and fenders! An aluminum unisex step-through frame (new for the 2011 model) allows you to ride in any clothing. This bicycle even has an integrated rear wheel lock. The Africabike Three has many features of more expensive Dutch bicycles. The price is just $449! My local dealer says that the 2010 steel model is also still available for $399.

2010 steel Kona Africabike Three. Image from konaworld.com

Here’s the icing on the cake: for every three bikes that Kona sells, two are donated to their basic needs program to provide transport, food, water and shelter to those who have difficulty obtaining them.

I love this bike, and one will join my stable one day. Read more about the bicycle and the basic needs program:

Kona Africabike Three

Kona Basic Needs


3 responses to this post.

  1. That is a very cool bike. Thanks for posting as I can now recommend this bike to folks who are looking to get a good utility bike.


  2. Posted by Dweendaddy on December 20, 2010 at 6:44 am

    I got one of these for my wife a couple of years ago. It is an awesome, bomb-proof utility bike that I ride, too.
    I have two beefs with it:
    1. The rear rack, while super strong, has tubes so thick it will not take some panniers. It will take people, though.
    2. The kickstand is horrible and welded to the frame. I hope they have changed that!


    • Posted by Lynnety on December 20, 2010 at 8:41 am

      Thanks for the comments. I knew that the rack tubes were huge, but I did not know about the kickstand. For me, a coaster brake is a deal-breaker, but one of my bike shop owner buddies says it can be disconnected and rim brakes added.

      For the money, it’s tough to beat.


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