Let’s just face it, no one can ride a bike like the way the Dutch can! The bike for a Netherlander is like a ‘Hammer’ to Thor and the ‘Suit’ to Iron Man! I feel like biking gives the Dutch the power to do what we lesser mortals can only dream of! They don’t need Lamborghini’s or Ferrari’s. Once on their ‘fiets’ (bikes), the Dutch own the road and how! It’s really amazing to watch (and possibly the worst mistake to stand in their way!)
8 most amazing superhero things Dutch (effortlessly) do when it comes to biking
1- Dressing Up
Go to a Wedding dressed in their finery on a bike, because who said a bike can’t do what a car can!
2- Cycle the dog
The Dutch really like to maximize their ‘Me -Time’. So they have their very own version of walking the dog. It’s called cycle the dog! The smaller ones are made to sit in the front basket or have an extended cord while the owner cycles while the baby sits behind.
3- Owning at least 3 bikes
Echt Serieus! The Dutch own bikes like farmers own cows! You can easily find more bikes in a house than the actual number of familymembers! A Dutch family is two city bikes, one racer bike, one kinder (child) and one bike for oma (grand-mother) because she’s quite the star on a bike at 80 too!
4- Bike Worship
The number of accessories that the Dutch spend on their bikes is jaw dropping. Dutch bikes are equivalent to ‘Batman’s Batmobile’ and come fully equipped with everything from a storm umbrella, basket, grocery bags, bottle holder, extra lights, special lights, baby carrier and phone holder. The list is endless. They even accessorize their bikes when the weather changes in the spring and summer to celebrate!
So when something is so dear to your heart and wallet you lock it up! You will find on an average at least 2-3 locks on an average Amsterdammers bike! Here’s another fun fact, the locks on a bike cost half as much as the bike itself!
5- Breeding the next generation of biking champions
While the Japanese create ninja’s and samurai’s as the folk legends say, to me, the Dutch are not far behind. I often see Dutch parents in the park, encouraging their toddlers who can barely waddle, to ride bikes of their own! I honestly think Dutch kids learn how to bike before they walk!
The Dutch should seriously coin a name for this one, they make it look like the norm as they showcase effortless balance biking while texting, even in their high heels, jackets or corporate wear! (All funny business aside though, texting while driving anything is dangerous so the Dutch should probably quit doing this)
7- Tandem Biking
8- Bike Fisherman
Biking has also created a new division of secretly operating professionals called Bike Fisherman. Yeap, that’s an actual profession here in the Netherlands. As weird as it sounds. After a hard night of partying, especially after an Ajax game or new- years, a large number of bikes are found in Canals by the bike fishermen.
We’re always keen and interested to know more about the different facets of the Dutch biker’s awesomeness! So if any of you have come across something unique, different or interesting, please do write your experiences and pictures!