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Cyclist of the Month… Camiel, founder Ace&Tate

“Why do we have so many different pairs of shoes and just one pair of glasses?” asks Camiel, our cyclist of the month. Camiel founded Ace&Tate to democratise eyewear. The Amsterdam startup has been named one of the “TOP 100 HOT STARTUPS” by Wired Magazine. So we decided to interview Camiel about his company, cycling to work and his bike.
camiel, founder Ace&Tate in front of the Fietskantine, overtoom Amsterdam
Cycling to work
Ace&Tate is located on the Overtoom – city centre Amsterdam. The team of around 20 people all cycle to work. “We stay in the city centre, because we want to cycle to work. My colleagues all live in or close to Amsterdam’s city centre. My commutes leads me through the Vondelpark, my favourite cycling spot. I love cutting through runners, skaters and other cyclists. The chaos is what makes Amsterdam the lively city it is.” Ace&Tate’s office is located right above Amsterdam’s first bike café.

Camiel has lived and worked in London and Dublin, in those cities he never cycled: “In Dublin I could have cycled but I lived so close to work and the city centre that I walked everywhere. In London I didn’t feel safe at all on a bike. There is a lot of work to be done in London to make it as bike friendly as here in The Netherlands.”
Cyclist of the month; Camiel founder Ace&Tate
Camiel’s bike
Camiel cycles a traditional opafiets (Dutch bike) and recently upgraded his bike with a crate on his front carrier. “I use it a lot to bring around our glasses to events or concept stores.” Besides glasses and groceries, a lady’s handbag is often to be found in Camiel’s crate: “When me and my girlfriend go out, we always take one bike. She sits on the back carrier and throws her bag in my crate.”

Ace&Tate
Ace&Tate eyewear is made by hand in Italy. They sell for: 98 euros (or 89 pounds) per frame, including prescription glasses. Camiel: “Our trick is to cut out the middlemen. That makes our glasses affordable. So you can have different frames for different outfits and occasions. Our dream is that in a few years every European thinks of Ace&Tate when thinking of eyewear.”

- More information on: aceandtate.com.
Cyclist of the month; Camiel founder Ace&Tate


Looking straight into the lens

looking at me straight in the lens by Aude

by Aude

This is my catch for you this week dear followers..I knew he saw me but what a look!


Multi-tasking

Fashionable people live in Amsterdam. Practicality (and good balance to boot!) plays a big part also. This stylish man is taking home is new fancy appliance whilst wearing a gorgeous jacket and matching spats! Kinda looks like Michael Douglas….is it?!

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In search of the perfect pick-up line

What about:
“Hallo mooie dame, you’d look nice on the back of my bike.”

Or maybe:
“I really need a good rack for my bike, yours would be perfect.”

What do you think?

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San Sebastian the biking city

As an Amsterdammer visiting the northern Spanish town of San Sebastian over the weekend I was amazed at the abundance of bikers throughout their small city. Many locals and also visitors to this beautiful beach town sported their wheels and even zoomed along the sand! As the town has 3 beaches the best way to travel to each is by their beachside bike lanes….go San Sebastian for having the number one way to work off those delicious pintxos!

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By Mel.


Dink, Double, lift, baggage drager..

Whichever way you like to call it, in my opinion it’s the only way to ride. We certainly have thought of multiple ways to get to liven up the journey to get to work!

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By Mel.


Race against time

Some people pass the time, others make the best of it. Racers have made a comeback and even though those skinny little tyres don’t agree with the width of those tram tracks and cobblestones, they are a super fun way to get around. This Amsterdammer is just soaking up the sun on a chilly summers day, next to his wheels just waiting for a friend..

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By Mel


I (don’t) want to ride my bicycle..

Sometimes you just wanna hitch a ride with your Dad. Best view in town!

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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

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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.


The daily grind

Getting to and from work is usually a bit of a bore in most cities. Crowded trains, noisy buses, traffic, pollution, pushing and shoving.

Living in Amsterdam and riding to work (and playing afterwards!) makes your journey, and day ahead much more enjoyable. You can almost guarantee your commute time each day – which for most people who travel by bike, is less than 20 minutes to the centre. I travel by bike and my work is only a few blocks away! Is it any wonder why the French are trying to pay their citizens to ride their bikes to work?

Here is a little snapshot into our bump and grind here in Amsterdam. Enjoy a day in the life..

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By Mel.


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