Dutch for Fast

As Dutch bikes go, this one is a speed racer and on display at Work Cycles. During the ride, Mark, our guide said, “you think it’s easy and flat, but we’ve got the wind, rain, and these little dike hills.”

Bikes as transportation or not, us cyclists are programmed for competition and there are impromptu races going on everyday in Amsterdam. Just like the commuter challenges back home in Seattle. I was clicking through my 3 speeds the entire time; left up and over this bridge; right down this alley, cut back over a bridge; and a fast straightway past coffee shops and retail stores.

Dutch thieves are also fast and each stop requires a rear rim lock and a thick chain through the frame and front wheel. I asked Mark why so many bike thefts and he said, “supply and demand, a constant need for a bike.”

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My three favorite Amsterdam bike riding moves.

1.) When approaching a bridge over a canal which requires more effort on the part of the cyclist, the passenger (sitting side saddle on the rear rack) will hop off and walk over the bridge then hop back on on the other side.

2.) A girl coming out of a store talking on a cell phone held to her ear, unlocks her bike, steps on (and pushes) the wrong pedal, hops on the saddle switches feet onto correct pedals and heads down a cobble stone side road without missing a beat in her conversation.

3.) Very young children riding on the street, amongst traffic with great bike skills.

those types are my favorites, too. Plus, moms/dads moving effortlessly through rush hour traffic, carrying 1, 2, 3, 4 or even more children. Or senior couples riding side by side, holding hands. Or people moving so much stuff on their bike, most would have trouble with fitting in their SUV. Or..etc ;)

PS, this particular bike was put together by Workcycles for the occasion, given away in a lottery.

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