amsterdamize photos : room with a view
June 18, 2008, 1:52 pm
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Finally I found some time to shoot pics, not from the hip on my bike, but some steady ones from the window of a house I’m temporarily sitting for. Not all crisp and sharp, but that’s mainly because most Dutch cycle commuters ride so fast (and my video camera’s still capabilites are just barely acceptable)! Yes, fast, on sit-up-and-beg bikes, with kids, on cargo bikes and even cycle chicness won’t slow them down :-). This post is also meant as a mirror for the more than silly premise of the previous one.

How to move a bike cargo carriage…here you go.
Room With A View

Classic moment: the man on the sidewalk is about to make a classic mistake, edging to cross the bike path without looking back first. The cyclists had already spotted his naive momentum and anticipated in a way that almost naturally avoided a collision, which is hard to imagine with an untrained eye.
Room With A View

Cars and other traffic respect the nr 1 mode of transportation. They have to, they’re outnumbered…and cyclists themselves.
Room With A View

This is downtown Amsterdam, mind you. Don’t even start with “Oh, that looks dangerous, no helmets!”
Room With A View

SUV (Super Utility Velo) & SUM (Superbly Utilizing Mom).
Room With A View

Left pic: Work never stops, but you look so much cooler answering your phone while biking, stopping on the sidewalk, flipping out your papers and be at total ease. Try that while driving a car. No contest.
Right pic: Mom coasting comfortably with 2 in total Cycle Chic style.
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Amazing how you have diferent kinds of bike, depending your need. Whith rear or front chair, both, whith trailer,whith basket, cargo,etc. Here the few people who use bikes try to do all in a simple mountain bike. for example I saw a man whith 2 kids, one on the frame and the other on the seat and he was pedaling whithout siting, and many blocks!!

Comment by Josè Marìa

hi Josè Marìa, thanks for coming back! 🙂

yeah, it is. The thing is, on my daily commutes I encounter even more diverse and entertaining types, but it’s hard to be ready to shoot or there are just too many to choose from!
The father seems to be a level headed man 🙂

Comment by amsterdamize

Really nice view you got from your room, thanks for sharing and demonstrating that everything can be done on a bike !!! By the way, hope you’ll get a nice party on saturday when the “Orange”, I hope too, wins over Russia.
Manon from Montréal

Comment by Manon

Manon, be sure I’ll continue to do that 🙂

I will certainly party towards the conclusion of tonight’s match..what will be, will be 😉

Comment by amsterdamize

Most excellent view! Only view I have of bikes from my room…is the one(s) in the room LOL, or the occasional youngster on a BMX jumping curbs in the near by parking lot.

The powers to be in this country could and should learn from those that have gone before ie; The Netherlands and Denmark.


Comment by 2whls3spds

I might also add, we are finally starting to see really usable bikes available in the US. They aren’t mainstream yet, but getting there. I was able to purchase a tall framed “City Bike” fairly easily…upgrades are another issue. Anybody in the EU want to help source me a Shimano front generator/roller brake hub?


Comment by 2whls3spds

thanks, Aaron! You’re slowly getting there, check out the news I just posted :).
Your second comment are certainly good indicators of things to come.
I’d love to help your search, if you send me the details. mindcaster at gmail dot com

Comment by amsterdamize

Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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