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.”