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Art or vandalism | The painted bicycles of Amsterdam
MusingsThe Bicycle
March 31, 2018

Art or vandalism?
The painted bikes of Amsterdam

Aerosol cans are not just used for covering walls in graffiti. In a phenomenon unique to Amsterdam,…
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Musings
November 12, 2017

Double Riding in Amsterdam by the numbers

Double riding or carrying a passenger (a.k.a. “dinking”) is a common, everyday method of bicycling…
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Musings
October 31, 2016

Jeepers Creepers

Whenever I go bike hunting, I think of my brain as an open receptacle. Cruising…
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Musings
September 28, 2016

Nearly Doored

Having to swerve an opening door of a parked vehicle is pretty rare in Amsterdam. Rather,…
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Musings
September 24, 2016

How to wear a lock

This isn’t a voyeuristic post on people’s butts. Rather it's an inquisitive question at the most…
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Musings
August 22, 2016

Feeling the Monday Blues? Just add yellow

It can be difficult to start the week on a wet or dreary morning. The…
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Musings
June 30, 2016

When your world turns upside down

Have you ever felt like your world has turned upside down? (more…)
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Musings
May 30, 2016

Only one excuse for being late

Time is something we all need.  One of the best reasons to ride a bike…
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Musings
February 16, 2016

When nature calls, Amsterdam answers

One of the few shortcomings of urban cycling is finding a place to relieve yourself. …
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Musings
July 2, 2015

How to turn your bike into a lowrider

When a tourist rents a bike in Amsterdam, at some point the shop clerk will…
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Pedal Mode
March 25, 2015

Bike Thieves

Riding a bike while holding another. Everyday in Amsterdam there is someone performing this skillful…
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Pilfer Eight
Musings
October 14, 2014

Pilfer Eight

“Do you like my bike?” the voice behind me asked. I cringed, my finger locked…
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Musings
August 6, 2014

Bicycle Rider’s Luncheon

Fortitude, endurance and invigoration; before it came in capsule form | Shop window, Utrecht.
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Musings
July 3, 2014

Kryptonite

I never understood why Kryptonite locks aren't green. Jordaan, Amsterdam Centrum.
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If a tree falls
Musings
December 9, 2013

If a tree falls

If a tree falls in a city and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? (more…)
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