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Riding a bike while holding another. Everyday in Amsterdam there is someone performing this skillful feat with ease. But is there more than meets the eye?

I couldn’t help but be enamoured by this practical approach to retrieving and delivering bikes. Why waste time and money taking public transportation or a car? If one is capable, why not just ride along with the bike?

Gazelle Run

When I showed one of my photos to a longtime Amsterdam resident, he vehemently proclaimed “Fietsendief!” The translation to English is bicycle thief!

Could I have been wrong? Are these not the gallant efforts of Amsterdammers once again exhibiting Dutch practicality? Have I been admiring the deeds of riff-raff engaged in the lowest form of thievery?

Ride towards the Light

Two bikes, one man

Unfortunately my Dutch sources have proven to be unrelieble. Likely as a result of my inability to read a poker face. For the time being, I will give them the benefit of the doubt and refrain from the suggestion that I should stop them by jamming something hard in between their spokes.

Born Identity

Thievery Corp.

Carry on

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  • Arjen Haayman

    I can’t help but think that steering by holding the bike by it’s handle is asking for trouble. Grab the bike in the center is the way to go I would think.

    • Excellent observation and I would agree. The photo of the couple were struggling with the bike. He was managing but didn’t make it look easy. I imagine problems would occur when attempting to turn or going around a bend.