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Join our team!

  
We are looking to add 1-2 bloggers to the Amsterdam Cycle Chic blogging team!

Do you love Amsterdam? Do you love taking pictures of people? Are you good at social media? 

Do you want to gain relevant communication and media skills and enhance your network? We’re looking for you! 
We are a small team of 2 professional women (one American/one Australian). We run this blog in our spare time and we are looking for self-motivated people to grow Amsterdam Cycle Chic and the Cycle Chic movement. We can’t offer money, but we have team dinners once a quarter, and we have a huge network! 

In addition to the above questions, other relevant characteristics and skills we’re looking for include:

  • Must live in Amsterdam!
  • Enthusiastic about everyday life in Amsterdam
  • Can commit to about 3 hours per week: 1-2 short blog posts per week; or 1-2 longer posts per month (like the “Cyclist of the Month” series OR a new series you want to take on) PLUS a couple Instagram/Twitter/Facebook posts per week 
  • Can take pretty good photos of people on bikes, owns a decent camera, and has or wants to improve camera skills
  • Is creative and takes initiative 
  • Knows or is willing to learn blog platform (WordPress) 
  • Social media skills

We love people who can stay with us for at least 6 months, but for the right person shorter term could also work. 

Are you interested? Send us an email us (amsterdamcyclechic@gmail.com) and include: 

  • a short introduction of yourself, include any relevant background information and/or links to previous/current work
  • tell us why you want to join the team
  • include a fake blog post, complete with 2-3 photos

The deadline is soon! Submit before May 29th (Sunday)!


Poem of the day

Coat tails are flying.
Riding one-handed.
Getting in the zone.  

 


Ring Ring… bike delivery!

Saw this lovely burst of colour whizzing by, delivering a parcel, and I just had to stop him! He spent the day riding through snow, sleet, rain and finally some sunshine. Didn’t seem to phase him:)
…Go DHL!

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By Mel


Cyclist of the Month: Breean from Bubae

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I caught up with American Amsterdammer, Breean, on a typical February afternoon – rainy, cold, and generally miserable outside. But her energy and enthusiasm made up for it. She took me for a ride in her Johnny Loco cargo bike and we had a nice chat about everything from bikes to love, dancing, and yes, Gyrotonic.

Breean used to dance professionally in New York City; she was trained as a classic dancer and danced with a contemporary dance company. But then she fell in love with a handsome Dutchman (a doctor with curls, no less). She moved to Utrecht in 2011, and then Amsterdam in 2014. She’s a mom of 2 kids, an entrepreneur, and a busy, busy woman.  Here’s a snipet of our conversation.

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What do you like about living in Amsterdam?

Compared to New York, life seems so easy and much slower. I’m still very busy of course – with two kids, a clothing line, fitness instructor – but somehow there’s time for everything. And I still manage to spend plenty of time with my family and friends and just exploring this gorgeous city.

Do you ride this [cargo] bike every day?

For sure. This is my SUV. I love this bike. It’s falling apart, but I love it. I take my girls to school in the morning, and our new thing is stopping to get croissants and a latte (for me obviously) before the bell rings. They sit in here and eat their croissants and play with their fake cell phones. It’s ridiculous but I love it.

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What do you like about cycling in Amsterdam?

In New York everyone is looking for a fight – and New Yorkers are known for their screaming matches. Why they like yelling, I have no idea. It doesn’t help anything. Here, people just mind their own business when they’re on the bike. If I accidentally bump their bike – which happened to me a lot at first – they just glance over and smile, or they don’t even do anything at all.

How long did it take you to ride like an Amsterdammer?

I’m glad I started out in Utrecht, where it’s a little calmer on the bike path. Amsterdam is totally different. It’s busy and stressful – there’s a lot of people on bikes here! At first it was terrifying. Every time I’d get on my bike I’d tell myself: Ok, just DON’T die. I wouldn’t look at buildings or anything else but the bike path. It took me probably a good two months to get confident. Now I absolutely love it. I can’t imagine any other way of life.

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Ok, so tell me about this Gyrotonic stuff…

The Gyrotonic method was developed by an injured dancer who healed herself by developing this method. It’s an amazing combination of rhythmic, circular movements  flowing with your breath. It’s a very adaptable exercise, so anyone can do it, but it’s more of an experience with your body. Come try it out at Full Circle Studio in Amsterdam!

And BuBae?

We’re a small little company with a big vision. At BuBae we design and produce girls’ clothing and give a percentage of the profits to organisations that empower women and girls who are less fortunate than we are. Our fabrics are designed by women from all over the world and then produced by women as well. We’re all about radiating beauty from within. Right now our current line is available on the website.

Thanks for the ride Breean!


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Just when you think your weary legs can’t cycle anymore … you spot what we like to call a ‘Chic’er’ – a super chic cyclist with some fashion on board! Gameboy backpack + faux fur coat + pink gloves and grooving to tunes, en route to somewhere fabulous for sure. Arriving with style people!

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By Mel


Top 5 things to look forward to in 2016

Best wishes for 2016!

2015 was a great year. As an ode to all the fantastic shots our team captured in 2015 and all our loyal followers, we’ve put together a short list of the top 5 things to look forward to this year in Amsterdam – doubled up with our most popular blog and Instagram posts of 2015.

1. Several days (at least) of non-stop sun sometime between March 23 and September 17. Otherwise, don’t forget to smile while you squint and bear the rainy weather.

2. Doubling up with a lover (or a stranger).  The best part about getting around in this city is pairing up – on one bike is cozy, but side-by-side works just as well. Our cyclists of the month from February love doubling!

 

 

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3. Wearing black, preferably a leather jacket as well.    black leather jacket by aude

4. Spotting adorable children and their (stylish) mamas.  This black and white made waves on Facebook and Instagram. And photos of our own Aude (who now has two little ones) was the most-seen post of the year!

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5. Discovering a new favorite corner in this fantastic city. By bike, of course! Maybe a new cafe or a nice view – where ever it is, let it be all yours.

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A huge thanks to all our readers and followers this year! We are grateful for your loyalty and we wouldn’t still be around if it wasn’t for you. From all of us at Amsterdam Cycle Chic, happy new year!


How to bike in the rain

We don’t need much gear for cycling in the rain – maybe a poncho if you remember to grab it as you rush out the door. Sometimes I see rainpants. Or huge capes.

Umbrellas are pretty common too – again, if you remember it. This little girl has it figured out:

  1. get comfy in the cargo bike
  2. shield yourself from the rain with a bright and super cute umbrella
  3. relax and let mom do all the work

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Cycle Chicstagram October

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

1. Iris on her new bike

2. Colder mornings

3. Doggy morning run

Doggy morning run #amsterdamstyle #fietspad #hond #uitlaten #walkingthedog #Amsterdam #bikeams #dog #perro #bicicleta #cyclechic

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4. Speedy super daddy

Speedy super daddy #threekids #cargobike #fatherandson #starwarstshirt #bakfiets #bikeams #dutchguy #dutchbike #cyclechic #familycycling

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5. Lambike ;-P

6. OMG, that is sooo Dutch

7. On the ferry

8. Waiting for a friend

Waiting for his friend to cross the street #amsterdamstyle #amstel #bikeams #dutchbike #Amsterdam #cyclechic #cyclingforallages

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9. Cycling with his daughter’s back pack

10. Deux par deux

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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.


Instagram top 10 September

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

1. Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

2. Birthday flowers delivery (AP Bloem)

3. Wedding guests

4. Doggy cycling

5. Super daddy

6. Super mummy

Super mummy after work #amsterdam #daycare #school #afterschool #afterwork #cyclechic #bikeams #bike #bici #kids #family #familytime

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7. Urban racing

8. Little girls will grow up

Little girls Will grow up #school #morningride #mother #daughter #family #bakfiets #cyclechic #bikeams #amsterdamcyclechic

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9. Super green

10. No chance to go incognito

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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.


Hockey Sunday

Today was the perfect day for hockey. Amsterdamse Bos is a short bike-ride from the city centre of Amsterdam – and you are transported to another world when you reach there. Hockey season has been open for a few weeks now, and today we had summer back from just one day. Perfect weather for outdoor sports!

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By Mel


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