Bike Bingo

Right, I’ve been in the Netherlands for less than a day and already I’ve got my Dutch bicycling bingo card almost full: Bike with flowers in the basket? check! Old guy cycling along at a stately pace with his knees out, waving at his friends? check! Other old guy on a sit-up-and-beg bike with tri bars out the front (it’s for the headwinds, you know)? check! Gaggle of teenagers cycling five abreast while texting each other? check! Dude cycling along bolt upright with his hands in his pockets? check! Girl on a bike with crutches? check! Implausibly cute apple-cheeked baby carried on a sling by Dad on a bike? check! Stations stuffed full of bikes, bikes tethered to railings by canals, bikes with beer crates on the back, bikes with teenagers riding sidesaddle on the rack, bikes with adults riding sidesaddle on the rack, cargo bikes, delivery bikes, folding bikes, bikes, bikes, bikes … check, check, check, check, check. We even saw a guy in full lycra and a helmet, because truly there is every kind of bicycle imaginable. I’m sorry, I think I’ve gone a bit delirious.

I hope to post something a little more coherent later, but so far the Netherlands is proving to be exactly as I imagined it only a little bit more so. Though my B&B is right next to a motorway, so it’s not quite Nirvana yet…

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8 Responses to Bike Bingo

  1. So, is this the first time you’ve been to NL?

  2. disgruntled says:

    I’ve been to Amsterdam a couple of times a long time ago (last century…) but I’ve a feeling Amsterdam isn’t the Netherlands the way London isn’t much like the rest of Britain. Certainly it’s the first time my bike has been

  3. Dom says:

    Cargo bikes? I’m intrigued.

  4. Anonymous says:

    It’s a silly thought, but I don’t think of the Netherlands has having motorways. I have only been on trains when I have been there.
    John

  5. disgruntled says:

    There are still plenty of cars … can’t think why when it’s so easy to cycle everywhere!

  6. emma c says:

    Glad you are enjoying a bit of bike heaven! I am sure it must be a relief to be in the majority (or at least a bigger minority) for a change…

  7. disgruntled says:

    It’s going to be hard to go back…

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