Cycling, Amsterdam

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  • True Bicycle Flat.
    True Bicycle Flat.
    by Jerelis
  • Cycling
    by mvtouring
  • 4. Cycling in city traffic
    4. Cycling in city traffic
    by Nemorino

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    by eden_teuling Written Sep 16, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Cycling is a wonderful way to get around AMSTERDAM.
    To hire a bike look under "fietsen" VERHUUR in the phone book (directory) .

    Word of warning:
    Lock up your bike at ALL TIMES, as bike-theft is rife in AMSTERDAM.
    There is a free "Bicycle-Flat" on the west side of Central Station, and on het ROKIN across the Spui there is an open-air but guarded bike-shed.

    A few addresses:

    NS Rijwielshop Stationsplein 12 (Central Station
    tel.: 624 83 91

    Bike City
    Bloemgracht 70
    tel. 626 37 21

    Houtkopersburgwal 16
    tel. 626 69 64

    Bulldog rent-a-bike
    Brouwersgracht 78
    ]tel. 624 82 48

    Damstraat Rent-a-Bike
    Just off Damstraat
    tel. 625 50 29


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    The colors!

    by Eilian Written Sep 8, 2002

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    Favorite thing: It is not my photo and I don't remember where this place was, but I was taking a break exactly at this place.

    Fondest memory: Oh! I missed the bikes. Everyone was on a bike, and the golden ones don't belong to anyone: you can take them and use them. When you leave the golden bike and go in a shop, someone may take it as well and use it. I think that is a wonderful way of living!

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    by Gard Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Fondest memory: I think what I will remember best from Amsterdam is the sounds of the bells on the bikes and the bells ringing on the trams. People back home here don’t bike that much but in Amsterdam there were bikes everywhere. And I’m talking old bikes, new bikes, worn out bikes, self painted bikes and so on. But they all seemed to have a little bell on the steering wheel to be able to indicate to the pedestrians that they were coming :-) And they had lanes on most of the roads that were dedicated to the biking and they didn’t seem happy when we used this lane for walking.

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    Rent a bicycle. That'll make...

    by mirah Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Rent a bicycle. That'll make you happy and feel free! It will help you move around easily, but it's a bit scary as the amsterdamers drive like mad (no trafic rules, eh?), and also because the trams don't make much sound, but it's so nice to visit a market, swish-swich, you are somewhere else, you could do just what you feel like, without any planning, and see a lot of the city on the move and stop where you want.
    Note! If you're not used to go by bicycle in a city center, better walk or take the tram instead!

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    That yellow bike trip GREAT...

    by Travel24 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: That yellow bike trip GREAT you get to see all sorts and its a lot of fun, great value for money, just off the squar dam 9 up from the station, just ask or keep a lookout they will pass you, loads of yellow bikes with a guide, Do it, it is great fun.
    Like Clubing Go to the supper club Dress to impress or you wont get in, Sol bar also top top night,
    Like a laugh go to the comedy club the one on the litsapline next to New york steak house Fantastic night out starts at 10.30 Pm Great.
    Also opening soon just around the corner my best friend is opening a lap dancing bar, Nothing heavy topless and a bit of fun , Safe and not a rip off , Don't fall in love with the girls they tell everyone the same thing !! But you will have a good time, Ask for the owner Andy, he has been may mate for 15 years this is his first bar and he's a great guy. Bar is called Private Eye next to New york steak house 20 Mtrs. Also this is a must Bloomidall the beach in the summer best you have seen with some great beach bars. Check it out !!! More info on the Dam you can E mail me anytime.

    Fondest memory: It was all good but I do like the late bars and jaz clubs very cool

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    Rent a bicycle and ride around...

    by viajera67 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Rent a bicycle and ride around the city.

    Fondest memory: I'm an avid bicycle rider, and it was so wonderful to ride around Amsterdam. The cars actually pull over FOR YOU! The only thing to look out for are the tram tracks. It's a wonderful city.

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    by fotografik Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The most important activity I recommend is walking around the city. YOu see so much and you get to know the streets. You must shop! Magnum Shopping Mall! One must go cycling!

    Fondest memory: I miss the mixture of people, the architecture, the society, the freedom, the atmosphere, the environment, great public transportation, wonderful musuems, the bicycles, outdoor cafes, walking avenues, and the nightlife.

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    Bicycle Flat - Place to park & lose your bike.

    by Jerelis Written Jan 28, 2014

    Favorite thing: Bikes are essential when thinking of Amsterdam! They are literally everywhere; on the curb, parked on bridges, dumped in canals, hanging on lampposts …

    Whenever I used to visit my friends in Amsterdam we used bikes every single day, simply because it’s the easiest and quickest way to move around in the city. In the early morning it’s nice and calm but on my way back the streets are filled with people and I have to use my Amsterdam cycling skills to dodge tons of people that suddenly cross the streets.

    Rain is sometimes one of the few reasons for not using a bike. On those days a lot of people bike to Central Station and head for the subway. Now the place where used to park my ride is quite special. It’s a floating tower that can contain up to 2500 bikes but usually stores more. Sometimes it feels like every Amsterdam bicycle is parked here at the same time. Which makes the challenge of finding that one available parking spot on the ground floor extra tempting. I liked to watch all the early birds arriving with sleepy eyes and parking their bikes and even more so I loved watching people walking back and forth at the end of the day looking for their bikes like a needle in a haystack (happened to me more times than I had wished for).

    Tip -> I heard from someone else: Should you place your bike inside this tower then it might be handy to take a picture of your bike and the scenery behind it. This will help retrieve your bike!

    True Bicycle Flat.
    Related to:
    • Cycling
    • Road Trip
    • Trains

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    Riding a Bike in Amsterdam

    by jamescurran Written Jul 5, 2004

    Favorite thing: By far the best thing you can do in Amsterdam is to rent a bike, preferably from Bike City, and just ride around the city. There are approx, 350,000 bicycles in Amsterdam for a population of 750,000. That should tell you something right there. At these bike shops they give you a three speed bike and a lock.

    Fondest memory: Just riding the bikes and stopping at a pub for a beer.

    Related to:
    • Cycling
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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    by Nemorino Updated Oct 23, 2013

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    Favorite thing: If you must have a dog, at least train it to sit primly in the basket as you cycle around Amsterdam.

    Second photo: Another dog in a basket.

    1. Dog in the basket 2. Another dog in a basket
    Related to:
    • Cycling

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    Bicycle garages

    by mvtouring Written Jun 30, 2009

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    Favorite thing: For the Dutch people it is probably not a weird site, but for us it was an extremely funny site to see. All these bicycles parked in their own parking garages.

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    by barryg23 Updated May 20, 2003

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    Fondest memory: On the last day of our trip we rented bikes and cycled all over the city. Cycling is definitely the best way to get around Amsterdam, and it made us feel more like locals and less like tourists.

    Watch out people
    Related to:
    • School Holidays
    • Cycling

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    So that's where my bike went....

    by doolemma Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: So that's where my bike went. They told us that about 40,000 bicycles a year are dredged from the canals.

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    by Tanechka Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Fondest memory: Boiling life was especially impressive after stiffy Vienna and so-so calm Paris.I've never seen so many bicyclets per sq.m.

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    Multi-storey bicycle parks

    by bzh Written Feb 19, 2003

    Favorite thing: Amstersdam is meant to be cycled. City planning has perfectly understood this and it is more easy to find mutli-storey bicycle parks than car parks in the centre.

    Rows and rows of bikes

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