Inspired by Copenhagen Cycle Chic

Flowers on bike

Rainy days..

Amsterdam receives it fair share of precipitation throughout the year, which you get fairly used to the longer you live here. I mean the trade offs are well worth it (just quietly) with our winding canals, cobblestoned streets and unbeatable old world charm, I’m happy to don a fuzzy/soggy hair day now and then.

But us Amsterdammers can get through the last-minute always unpredictable showers pretty simply by a) shielding one’s hair with our hand, b) wrapping our cardigan on our heads or c) un-crumpling our plastic emergency poncho from our pockets whilst not falling over. Easy right?

However turning cycling in the rain into an artform is all about finding the right (stylish) raincoat, mastering the balance of steering whilst carrying your stylish (aerodynamic) umbrella is another thing altogether.

You can add that to my personal bucket list..

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Rainyday_Red_Poncho copy

By Mel


Instamonth: June’s top 10 Instagram pics

June, the month that the summer started, that the parks are everyone’s favourite places to be, and the month that the city turned orange because of the World Cup.

Check out Amsterdam Cycle Chic’s top 10 of June’s Instagram pics:

1. Daily life in Amsterdam; cycling together on one bike to work

2. Good morning Amsterdam, cycling along the Amstel river

3. Lady cycling on the skinny bridge

4. Dutch girl in orange wearing her bike chain as a belt

5. Cycling in the Vondelpark

6. Bridges are the Dutch hills

7. Cool hair!

8. A rose for your girlfriend?

9. Last phone call and then the weekend really starts

10. Cargo bike parking sign at the Beatrixpark

Instamonth
Are you already following us on Instagram? You should, if you want to learn more about Amsterdam’s cycling culture and enjoy the diversity of cyclists and bikes in Amsterdam’s streets. Every month we will post the most liked Instagram shots here on our blog.


Match your bike!

Do you match your outfits to your bike? I doubt she meant to, but look at that! Blue and red, with red flowers, bell, and panniers to boot.

Match your bike!


Pimp my ride!

Bike Paint job

Tiger bike horn

Personalised bikes

Save the tulips

Motor-bike chic

Floral detail and spokey dokes

There are over 850, 000 bikes in Amsterdam. With these numbers, you want to stand out from the crowd. Us local Amsterdammers do this in many ways – from our baskets and spray jobs (mostly DIY) through to colourful personalised stickers and bells. And just when you thought spokey dokeys were stuck in the 1980′s. No way! The Dutch love pimping their bikes.

Speaking of, if you’re in town on June 1, check out the Fiets Festival (site is in Dutch) happening at Waterlooplein in Amsterdam, where there will be food, cool tunes and a chance to pimp your own bike! Hope to see you there!

 

By Mel


Cyclist of the Month… our new team member, Mel

Mel traded her sunscreen for an umbrella when she moved from Sydney to Amsterdam. It was love at first sight! Mel works at Marcel Wanders, has a Dutch florist boyfriend and is now part of our team!
Mel WhelanWhy did you move to Amsterdam?
“It kinda all started with the bikes. That fateful day in May when I stepped out at Schiphol and placed my feet on the ground it was love. There and then. Wheels, blonde-coloured locks and the sounds of bells whizzed by me as I walked along busy Leidseplein, transfixed by the beautiful ornate shapes of the buildings that surrounded me…the winding canals and the verdant tufts of grass in every park – a sight living in the often drought-stricken Sydney that you’d sometimes take for granted.

60 minutes later, I decided to stay. So I quit my job, cancelled my return ticket home, survived on tuna and cookies and started accumulating my new wardrobe at Ij Hallen each month looking forward to my new life (in killer 50 cents pumps). Sometimes you just know.”
Mel Whelan
What do you do in your daily life?
“I spend my time working as a project manager at Marcel Wanders, being surround by inspiring design all day, Learning Dutch (ik ben Nederlands aan het leren), travelling, crafting, shooting and of course my favourite pastime, cycling around town and exploring”

Did you cycle in Sydney too?
Yes! However a girl needs gears in Sydney to get around all those hills we have. Amsterdam is a joy to ride in – super flat terrain.
Mel Whelan

What is your bike like?
It is a classic Amsterdam ‘Oma Fiets’ (Granny Bike). I bought it as a present to myself for landing my first job. I attached a vintage wooden crate from the flower markets and hand-tied loads of flowers (naturally). I often catch tourists sitting on her taking pictures! Flowers and bikes. Born to be together.
Mel WhelanWhy do you want to be a blogger at Amsterdam Cycle Chic?
“I shoot as much as I can – capturing how amazing this city is. As a foreigner I see things in such a fresh and optimistic light – the snow, the rain, the mode of daily transport, the people, the bars, the language and the truly unique way of living here.

To cut a long story short. I’m keen. I moved here to be part of something, this blog post facilitates me to do that and to share my view.”
Mel WhelanWe are happy to have you in our team, Mel!

 


The race is on!

Who’s going to win? It really looks like she wants to race the little green car. I bet the bike will win. Hopefully the flowers will make it, too!

The race is on!


How to cycle chic … in Berlin!

Have you been to Berlin? Wow, what a city. This weekend I was super impressed with the numbers of cyclists their chic style.

Though the cities are very different, Berliners and Amsterdammers have quite a lot in common when it comes to cycling, also a few new things to learn! So if you’re in Berlin, here’s how to cycle chic. Check it out:

1. Wear a dress and tightsHow to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

2. Park where you want to
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

3. Know that maroon and different pinks DO match, somehow
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

4. Get some flowers for your handlebars
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

5. Strut your heels and blond tresses
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

6. Look relaxed, and wear dots.
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

7. Dont leave home without a scarf!
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

8. More dots and vintage road bikes
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

9. Stow your bag on the back rack
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

10. Change your gears!
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

11. Ride with long-stem flowers
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

11. Grow a beard…but only half-way
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

12. Go to Tempelhof, (airport-turned-park) with your kid’s bike on your back rack
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

13. Enjoy the Tempelhof runway with friends
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

14. Ride a men’s road bike!
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

15. Stop and listen to the music, and enjoy this magical city!
How to cycle chic ... in Berlin!

 

by Meredith

PS. Berlin has their own cycle chic blog, check them out here!


Green means go!

Green means go!
Green means go!
Green means go!
The green spectrum seems to be the ideal summer color this time of year. In a matter of a couple minutes, I spotted 3 lovely ladies donning the color in style–and on their bikes of course! So, yes, go out and enjoy this weather! Hopefully it’ll stick around a while…

by Meredith


Red pants, purple bike

Red pants, purple bike

 

I love all the bright colors out on the streets these days. Great weather to complement the colors, too. Can’t complain!


Best of picnic days

Picnic days
Picnic days
Picnic days
Picnic days
Picnic days
Picnic daysThe Dutch take picnicking to a whole new level. Once the sun comes out, it’s like entire kitchens are brought to the park! And the best way to get to the park is of course by bike! The Vondelpark was packed with picnickers this weekend. Where were you picnicking this weekend?
by Meredith


Flower-power

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She is ready for spring!

xMeredith


Flirty Sunday

by Meredith

by MeredithFlirt tip #17: Get a cute dog. And like a good-sized one (nothing against little dogs!). Put him in your bike basket. Roll up to cute blondes. Make them smile.

Now that’s a flirty Sunday.

by Meredith


Groningen Cycle Chic

This weekend we went to the beautiful city of Groningen. Groningen is in the north of the Netherlands. It has an old and famous university, a cool modern art museum ‘the Groninger Museum‘ an old city centre and as every Dutch city; it is full of bikes and everybody of all ages cycles.

Bike in front of university

Bike at Groningen University

child seats

Family cycling

Groningen Cycle Chic

Cheesy cargo bike

Bike art in Groninger Museum

Art by Yin Xiuzehn in Groninger Museum

Groningen Cycle Chic

Groningen University

Bike parking Groningen

Bicycle parking

Groningen Cycle Chic

Love bike

Cycling in Groningen

Bike parking in Groningen courtyard

Groningen loves bikes

bikes in window

Bicycle statue in Groningen

Learning to cycle / statue in Groningen


Sporty girl

Sporty girl with hockey stick

Flower bike by Aude

Flowers on the bike, hockey stick in the hand.. this is how you can be sporty and girly!


Bicycle parking

bicycle parking in Amsterdam by Ayolt

Bicycles parked on a bridge by Ayolt

Bicycle parking in Amsterdam by Ayolt


Amsterdam is blooming

Apart from clogs, cheese and Johan Cruijff, the Netherlands is also known for its bad weather. Rain, snow, gusts of wind, just a few things you have to handle during a typical Amsterdam winter. But the bikes across the city are still in full bloom, meaning you can enjoy a nice bouquet of flowers on almost any street corner.
Flowers on bike by Ayolt de Roos
Flowers on bicycle by Ayolt de Roos
 Flowers on bike by Ayolt de Roos
Flowers on bicycle by Ayolt de Roos
Flowers on bicycle by Ayolt de Roos
So if you’re planning to visit Amsterdam, and your cityguide says that the Dutch winters are gloomy and boring: they have clearly not taken into account the Amsterdam flowers that are spread throughout the entire city.

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