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Peddling to Bob Marley

Wasn’t today just amazing? On these types of days, I have Bob Marley stuck in my head. Though it was cold, the sun was shining and the weather was sweet. Makes you want to move your peddling feet. Sunday, here I am!
Peddling to Bob Marley

Bare hands on the handlebars!

The Dutch word for ‘gloves’ is my second all-time favourite Dutch word: handschoenen. Literally translated as ‘hand shoes.’ Yep, that’s what they are: shoes for the hands.

And just as I was getting quite comfortable toting these things around everywhere I go, it seems like it might be time to put them away (the jacket and scarf can stay handy though). Because 15ºC of sun calls for bare hands on the handlebars! Weeeeeeee!

Bare hands on the handlebars!

Instamonth: 10 best Instagram pictures

We missed a few Instamonth posts, so in this post we show you the top 10 of our Instagram pics of December, January and February.

1. National Tulip Day in Amsterdam

National Tulip Day in #amsterdam #flowers #bikes #cycling #amsterdamcyclechic

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2. Christmas tree cycling

Mumma will be proud when she's sees these three turn up! #cycling #christmas #christmastree #bikes #amsterdam #amsterdamcyclechic

A photo posted by amsterdamcyclechic (@amsterdamcyclechic) on

3. 5 O’clock rush hour

4. Perfectly coloured pair

Perfectly coloured pair #amsterdamcyclechic #amsterdam #cycling #family

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5. Let it snow!

Good morning #amsterdam #amsterdamcyclechic #bikes #snow #canals #cycling

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6. Foggy and cold Amsterdam

Foggy and cold amsterdam..is it going to snow? #nofilter #iamsterdam #cyclechic #fog #winter #amsterdam

A photo posted by amsterdamcyclechic (@amsterdamcyclechic) on

7. Baby chill modus on daddy’s bike

Baby chill modus on daddy's bike with no #bikeluggagerack cycling in #amsterdam #cyclechic #chill #iamsterdam #nofilter

A photo posted by amsterdamcyclechic (@amsterdamcyclechic) on

8. Christmas tree in panniers

Bike-sized. #amsterdam #amsterdamcyclechic #bikes #christmas #christmastree #cycling #pannier

A photo posted by amsterdamcyclechic (@amsterdamcyclechic) on

9. National Tulip Day at Dam Square

National Tulip Day #amsterdam #amsterdamcyclechic #flowers #tulips #red #bikes

A photo posted by amsterdamcyclechic (@amsterdamcyclechic) on

10. Bike love in London

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.

Does it make you smile?

Sometimes it’s cold. Hailing. Wet. Cloudy. And then sometimes we get lucky with nothing but sun. Yep, that makes us smile, smiles like these two. No gloves or hats even. That’s what being on your bike does — makes you smile.

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Cyclists of the month… B&B owners Wieger and Anne Marie

Wieger and Anne Marie love to go out for dinner, visit art galleries, and look for nice boutique hotels or B&B’s for their next city trip. So why not turn their passion into their work? That’s what they did, they started their own B&B in a typical Amsterdam house in the popular neighbourhood De Pijp. It is called Ollies Bed and Breakfast. The breakfast is lovely, they have cool photography in the rooms and they made their own mini-guide of the city so that their guests can enjoy Amsterdam as much as they do.
Wieger and Anne Marie
Food and Art
Wieger and Anne Marie love art. The museum district is only a 5 minute walk from their B&B. Wieger: “The Rijksmuseum is really a must see, both for the art and for the cool designed building. It is amazingly done.” Anne Marie: “But we actually prefer to visit art galleries and especially photography galleries. In weekends we love to walk around de Spiegelkwartier. We always pay a visit to Jaski Art Gallery and the Yellow Korner.” The Spiegelkwartier has been the heart of the art and antiques trade for the past 80 years with over 70 specialised art and antique dealers.

Their other hobby is to go out for dinner. Anne Marie: “We love restaurant Sent just across the street. It is a small and lovely place where they cook with a Green Egg. But we have so many other favourites like Vis aan de Schelde [Close to RAI. “Michelin-star quality food, and a very relaxed atmosphere”], Toscanini in the Jordaan [a very popular Italian place, so make sure to make a reservation], ‘French-bistro-style’ restaurant Rijsel in a side street of the Amstel, fine dining at Fyra just off Vijzelgracht and Bar Americano [along the Amstel, where you can eat Italian food and stay till late at night for drinks at the bar].”
Wieger and Anne Marie
What to do in Amsterdam
Wieger calls himself an Amsterdamophile: “Amsterdam is the best city to live in. The size is perfect, everything is walking distance. And after living here for almost fifteen years, I still enjoy the beauty of the city.” Anne Marie: “There is always something nice to do in Amsterdam; concerts, expositions, new pop-up stores opening and there are many festivals. I am not that much into electronic music festivals but I love food and art festivals like De Rollende Keukens in the Westerpark, the Food Soul Festival and the Affordable Art Fair in Amsterdam-Noord. For shopping I recommend the 9 Straatjes and the Pijp. Just a few minutes’ walk from our B&B you have the Gerard Doustraat. Since a few years a lot of nice stores have opened there. It is becoming very trendy.”

Bikes and Boats
“The best way to see Amsterdam is by bike or boat”, says Wieger. “My favourite cycling spots are the Vondelpark, the old canals and the cycle path under the Rijksmuseum.” Anne Marie: “On sunny days we take a boat, bring some food and drinks, friends and nice music and sail through the canals.” They would both recommend tourists to rent a bike and go through the city like locals do. Wieger: “I think it is recommendable for tourists to plan their cycling trip a bit before they start cycling. Cycling can be quite hectic. But there are nice routes and neighbourhoods like the Jordaan are great to discover by bike.”

Queens Day on a boat

Photo: Anne Marie and Wieger celebrating Queens Day on a boat in the Amsterdam canals

Ollie’s Bed and Breakfast
Ollie’s Bed and Breakfast has got three rooms. Anne Marie and Wieger live on the first and second floor and the rooms are on the third and fourth floor of a typical ‘de Pijp’ building with steep stairs in a cosy street. “Working together is going really well. We have a good division of tasks but we also work a lot together,” says Anne Marie. Wieger: “We have the same taste of style and paid a lot of attention to detail when furbishing the room. We would love to have guests over who share our taste for interior design and our love for photography.”

Ollies bed and breakfast art Ollies bed and breakfast

East London = fixed-gear + racing bikes

Aude de Prelle

I spent last weekend in London visiting my sister. I already reported on this city in my previous trip.

Apart from cycling around a city, the second best way to discover one is to take the bus. Especially in London with the classic red double-decker bus. Just climb on the second level and enjoy the view from this point. Then you get to see stuff like this. All was just perfect. Like this guy. His pose. The yellow lines on the street. The house. And his look. I could not help thinking of Super Mario Bros with the colours of his outfit and such a moustache! Movember is over right?!

This time, we  mainly stayed in East London. I was amazed by the number of single speed/fixie and racing bikes. Here are some instagrammed pics:
Still in #London visiting my sister walking in the #broadwaymarket #cyclechic #racingbike #singlespeed #eastlondon #hackney #angel #hipstersIn Broadway market
Racing and single speed bikes in shop in #London #hackney #hackneycycles #racingbikes #fixedgear #hip #singlespeed #hackney #eastlondonIn Hackney, the cool bike shop Hackney cycles
Race and fixed gear style while visiting my sister in #London #cyclechic #racebike #fixedgear #hip #woodcuttershirt #hackney #eastlondonFurther on, still in the neighboorhood of Hackney, a cyclist in woodcutter shirt
For Valentine's Day a British artist collaborated with #cyclehoop and made 14 red #HeartsOfLondon we loved it #cyclechic #eastlondon #hackney #London #bikelanesFor Valentine’s Day, London made a city-wide art installation, with 14 eye-catching red #HeartsOfLondon cycle stands across the city. Hackney-based artist Graham McLoughlin collaborated with Cyclehoop, an award-winning company specialising in bicycle parking solutions, in a bid to raise awareness for the British Heart Foundation.

– REPORTAGE BY AUDE –

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