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Daddy cool

We here at Amsterdam Cycle Chic are lucky to come across cool single articles of clothing on our locals..hip shoes, nice jacket, groovy hair.
But sometimes you come across an entire ensemble which blows your mind. This cool Papa and his daughter need a boogie nights soundtrack as they buzz along the Dutch streets.

We’re talking serious seventies fashion combinations here: beige corduroy suit, double drop earrings, and silver undercut (and top-knot), aviator spectacles and oxfords. Bam!

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By Mel

Instamonth: April’s top 10 Instagram pictures

Check out Amsterdam Cycle Chic’s top 10 Instagram pics of April.

1. Carrying flowers on back carrier

Carrying flowers on #bikeluggagerack #flowers #fleurs #bike #velo #amsterdam #wibautstraat

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2. Love on a bike

Love on a bike #cyclechic #bicicletaeamor #bikeams #amsterdam #doubling #dutchbike #sparta #dutchlady

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3. Turning to the right

4. Kings Day: Bikes in Vondelpark

5. Another windy morning

Another windy morning #amsterdam #cyclechic #windyweather #wind #dutchbike #bikeams #cyclelane #cycling #bicicleta

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6. Bike crates are soooo cool!

Boys in Amsterdam #bikecrates are soooo cool! #growingupinholland #amsterdam #amsterdamcycling #kidsonbikes #bikeams #children

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7. Kings Day: Hipsters in the Vondelpark

Hipsters celebrate it too! #hipster #amsterdam #kingsday #koningsdag #qday #holland #orange #racebike #cyclechic

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8. Mums and Babies

Mums and babies #westerpark #amsterdam #childseat #dutchbike #dutchlady #bikeams #familycycling #cyclechic

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9. Kings Day: Vondelpark Flea Market

Everyone in #orange for Kingsday in the #vondelpark #brocante #dutchie #holland #kingsday #qday #amsterdam #cyclechic

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10. Kings Day: Dinking

Good evening all! #homesweethome #amsterdam #wibautstraat #oost #kingsday #qday #koningsdag #cyclechic

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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.

Ready, set, RACE!

It looked like these two girls were trying to race each other once this red light turned green. I don’t blame them. At the end of a long work day, I also feel like racing home! Just can’t wait to take off my shoes and kick up my feet.

Orange fever, the King’s way

More bargain in the #vondelpark #amsterdam #qday #kingsday #acitymadebypeople #bakfiets #family
Vondelpark is the place to go if you are looking for a bargain
Hipsters celebrate it too! #hipster #amsterdam #kingsday #koningsdag #qday #holland #orange #racebike #cyclechic
It mainly attracts families, but also hipsters: see those guys
Everyone in #orange for Kingsday in the #vondelpark #brocante #dutchie #holland #kingsday #qday #amsterdam #cyclechic
Is this dad helping his son or just chilling on his bike?
Cargo bike going for a walk in the #vondelpark #amsterdam #qday #kingsday #koningsdag #cyclechic #family
This one seems to be helping, unless he is escaping the crowd?!
More #orange #qday #koningsdag  #kingsday #holland #amsterdam #cyclechic #cargobike #party #family
Cargo bikes are the best if you are about to sell/buy stuff for the coming year!
All orange touch welcome #miniskirt #orange #kingsday #koningsdag #qday #vondelpark #amsterdam
Don’t try biking through the crowd,
Touch or full pack, it's up to you! #amsterdam #qday #kingsday #koningsdag #cyclechic #orange #holland
but just wait to have some room and jump on your bike again,
Good evening all! #homesweethome #amsterdam #wibautstraat #oost #kingsday #qday #koningsdag #cyclechic
or on the bike luggage rack of your friend..
Was a nice day, sunny as always, see u next year all orange dutchies #Dutch #orange #vondelpark #amsterdam #cyclechic #kingsday #koningsdag #qday #acitymadebypeople
In any case, the sun was there, as every year..

It was a nice one, see you next year again orange Dutchies!

By AUDE

TGI Thursday!

The saying goes TGIF, but I’m saying thank goodness it’s Thursday! What a gorgeous afternoon we had here in Amsterdam. I spent some time on the sunny terrace of the Eye. Might even got sunburned! But I love the ferry on sunny days. Where were you?

Hopefully the sun keeps up this magical work til Monday — the nations best holiday — King’s Day!


Cyclist of the month… Film maker Fadi

Fadi Hindash directed the short documentary ‘Mama Agatha‘. This heart-warming film is about migrant women in Amsterdam learning to ride a bike. Cycling means more freedom, and integration in Dutch society. Women of all ages and nationalities are taught by teacher Mama Agatha. Most of his life Fadi lived in car dominated Dubai, but three years ago he moved to Amsterdam. He was not able to cycle, but learned it from Mama Agatha herself. The premiere of ‘Mama Agatha’ will be on the 2nd of May during Leiden International Short Film Experience. Reason enough to make Fadi our cyclist of the month!
Fadi Hindash - film director

How did you come up with this topic for the documentary?

I was having coffee on my friend’s terrace overlooking a park where a group of Moroccan women were learning how to ride a bicycle. Immediately I was struck with how much that image said about integration and the life of migrants. I personally moved to the Netherlands 3 years ago but I have grown up with the identity of a migrant long before. I was raised in Dubai where my family and I lived as outsiders in our own home which is why the issue of integration is one that is very close to my heart. So when I saw the group of Arab women learning to cycle in Amsterdam, I immediately knew there was a story there for me. The fact that it looked so sweet and humorous set the tone for the film. Plus, I also never learned how to cycle because Dubai is a city of cars, which made the film even more personal as I was going through what the women were going through.


Documentary: Mama Agatha

Why is it important to learn to ride a bike?

Because it gives you freedom, not just physically but also emotionally. Cycling feels like flying, on wheels.

I don’t see any men in the documentary, are these cycling lessons just for women. If so, why do you think that is?

I had the same question during filming. As far as I know there aren’t similar courses for men. It could be because men tend to be more proud about admitting they don’t know something so basic or they would feel more embarrassed about falling in the street. I was lucky to have Mama Agatha as a teacher, she taught me behind the scenes while making the documentary.
Documentary: Mama Agatha

What do you like about Amsterdam?

It’s the perfect combination of a city and a little town. It’s cozy when you need it to be but also cosmopolitan when you need it to be. There’s also the other factor that cannot be put into words: it has this magic quality to it. It looks so pretty, almost like a dollhouse. I love things that seem unreal with a touch of fantasy, that’s the filmmaker in me.

by Joni

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