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I’m blue da ba dee…

Gold bike, blue hair. Love it.

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By Mel


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.”

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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


Flower girl

Oh how typical: a lovely lass wearing flip flops and a dress, carrying groceries and flowers on a regular old Omafiets. Don’t you love Amsterdam?

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Sunny Saturdays

Summer is in full swing in Amsterdam and everybody is getting to their cafe dates, festivals, beaches and museums by bike. The mornings are getting cooler but the afternoons the weather make for perfect cycling…so get out and enjoy the summer sunshine!

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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: July’s top 10 Instagram pics

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

1. Cycling in a suit

2. Vacuum cleaner transport

3. Girl on racing bike

4. Father, baby and bike

5. Father and daughter

6. High school kids with their bikes

7. Father and daughter in the Vondelpark

8. Dutch kids art

9. Rainy days in summer

10. High school double date

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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.


Daddy Day (papadag)

Nowadays, when a baby is born, it is not only the mother who switches from full time to part time work, but also Daddy works less. Many modern Dutch fathers want to actively participate in raising their kids. So the phenomenon of the ‘Daddy Day (papadag)’ came into existence; one fixed day a week, it is Daddy time! Also in my little family we embrace this trend. We both work four days a week and Friday is our Daddy Day. That is the day that my boyfriend hangs around in the playground playing with our son and drinking coffee from is thermos, that they visit my grandma-in-law or that they meet up with his friends and kids who also have a Daddy Day on Friday.

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Father and daughter cycling #daddyday #nofilter #amsterdam #cycling #growingupinholland #dutchbike #bikeseat #familycycling #bicicleta #cyclechic
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Father and daughter on a bike #daddyday #dutchbike #growingupinholland #bicicleta #cycling #amsterdam #Vondelpark
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Father and son, walking with a #dutchbike #daddyday #papadag #growingupinholland #amsterdam #cycling #cyclechic #bicicleta #father #childcare
Family cycling; father with three kids on a cargo bike #daddyday #bakfiets #cargobike #growingupinholland #familycycling #Dutch

On Daddy Day, mom is at work, sometimes wanting to join in the fun, but most of the time just being happy that Daddy and child are having a great time together.

– Text: Joni – Photos: Aude, Joni and Laura


Togetherness..

Biking doesn’t always need to be a solo venture. So grab a pal and take them along with you on the back “baggage drager” style, mentor your little one or simply walk back from adventures side by side with your royal steed and best friend.

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Fijne weekend!

By Mel.


Red, white & blue – Happy fourth of July!

The American colours flew high and proud on this warm summers night in Amsterdam.

Friday evening brought together sunshine, bbq-ing, some friends and soccer (it is world cup season after all) in Amsterdam. I bumped into the friendly guys at Hygge Life (pronounced Hoo-ga life) who cycled their pimped up poffertje bak-fiets to the local park full of their spiffy cooking gear and delicious gourmet ingredients – and were ready to serve all the peckish patrons in the park. You can turn a bicycle into a thriving business it seems!

Alex and her partner Koen, both itty-bitty-pancake-poffertje masterchefs are warming up their gas cookers and Hygge bus engine for a 3 month road trip around Europe enjoying the summertime and making poffertjes for locals and holidayers along the way. A trip of a lifetime!

For all you readers around Spain and France..keep your eye out for these delicious little pancakes!

..good luck guys!

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By Mel

 


Old school styling

Steampunk may be a fantastical and fictional era from the 19th century, but in Amsterdam in 2014 you see all eras combining into one contemporary and amazing milkshake.

I rode passed this copper-coloured beauty and had to turn around and take a better look. Upon closer inspection I discovered a vintage lantern replacing conventional rear-lighting, and an old fashioned horn for alerting fellow pedestrians and cyclists of this beasts stealth approach. This bike also had a small leather chest and camera case (to carry life’s necessities naturally) topping it all off with a skull fixed on the handlebars – to guide the riders journey.

With rise of the popularity of this genre in The Netherlands through alternative festivals here such as Nox Obscura, Gogbot and Emporium Vennesque you may just be seeing some more kooky wheels flying past you in the near future.

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By Mel


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