Once on their fiets (bike), the Dutch own the road and it’s truly amazing to watch (and possibly the worst mistake to stand in their way).
Here are the eight most amazing superhero things Dutch (effortlessly) do when it comes to biking.
1. On the bike, all dressed up
Dutchies ride their bikes everywhere — no exceptions. Going to a wedding dressed in their finery on a bike? Of course! Because who said a bike can’t do what a car can.
2. One bike is never enough
Echt serieus! The Dutch own bikes like farmers own cows! You can easily find more bikes in a house than the actual number of family members.
It’s not abnormal for a Dutchie to own three bikes: one for everyday use, one for road cycling, and one as a backup — in case the other two fail. 😉
3. Cycling the dog
The Dutch really like to maximize their me-time. So they have their very own version of walking the dog — cycle the dog!
The smaller dogs sit in the front basket, while the larger ones are leashed and run alongside the bike.
Finally, you’ve heard of putting your kids in a bakfiets, but why not put your fur-baby in a carrier of their own? A hondentrailer attaches to the back of Dutchies’ bikes so they can bring their dogs wherever they go!
4. Breeding the next generation of biking champions
Starting early? We think the Dutch invented it. 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!
5. Bikes should be pretty too
The amount of money that the Dutch spend on their bike accessories is jaw-dropping. Dutch bikes are equivalent to a Batmobile, coming fully equipped with everything: storm umbrellas, baskets, grocery bags, bottle holders, extra lights, special lights, baby carriers and a phone holder. They even accessorize their bikes when the weather changes in the spring and summer to celebrate!
Of course, when something is so dear to your heart (and wallet) you lock it up! You’ll typically find at least two to three locks on the average Dutchies bike. Here’s another fun fact: the locks on a bike cost half as much as the bike itself!
6. Tandem Biking
Date a Dutchie and you will always be his/her second love after the bike of course! I wouldn’t be surprised if the idea of a fun date with a Dutchie would be on a tandem bike because forget the third wheel… not!
7. Texting on the bike
The Dutch should seriously coin a name for this one, because they make it look like the norm as they showcase effortless balance biking while texting, even in their high heels, jackets or corporate wear! That’s despite a ban on using a smartphone while cycling.
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.
After all, it’s very necessary: after a hard night of partying, and especially after an Ajax game or New Year’s a huge number of bikes end up in canals — and someone has to get them out!
What do you think is the most amazing thing about Dutchies on their bikes? Tell us in the comments below!
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This article was originally published in June 2018 but was fully updated in August 2021 for your reading pleasure.