After spending a week in Netherlands I've decided I want to marry the person who designed the bike infrastructure here. Why are there so many cyclists in Netherlands? This is my top 5:
This winter break I had plans to meet my good friend Carlee in Berlin. I had 3 weeks off work and no other real plans. Until I discovered the European cycle networks and I found EuroVelo 15, an epic 1000 kilometre ride along the Rhine river from Switzerland to Rotterdam. I was roped in straight away. The only challenge was I didn't have a bike. Sorted after several visits to bikes shops and pawn shops around Amsterdam.
The Plan: Cycle from Amsterdam to Cologne
Timeframe: 1 week
Distance: 350 kms
Start Date: 15th July 2014
End Date: 23rd July 2014
Where did I get my bike from?
I went around a few bike shops in Amsterdam and several second hand bike shops but most of the bikes were cruisers or super pricey. I had nearly given up and was lost in the suburbs of Amsterdam when I found a small shop that was selling Vittorio for 95 Euro.
So how much did the equipment cost?
Here are a few link links
I was prepared for changing flat tyres but things I weren't prepared for were:
Being all obsessed with finding more bike rides in Sydney I started looking for bike riding apps that would show me other people's riding routes. I came across SocialCyclist which allows riders to map out bike amenities and interesting routes.
Unfortunately I couldn't find any data in Sydney, but Melbourne's cycling community has picked it up.