Pedaling Hard
July 23, 2008, 1:12 am
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I’ve just about finished working on two new interweb homes for Amsterdamize:

The first will show a new design, but the same familiar content, text, photos and videos. I created the second (Amsterdamize : Bicycle TV) for your convenience, so you can browse through all of the videos in one place. Much better, I think.

Things left to do, which will probably take a few days:

  • Automatically redirecting you and other visitors from the ‘old’ blog to the new one
  • Transferring the rest of the extensive blogroll and other info
  • Tweaking quite a few posts for optimal performance

Things for further consideration:

  • If you’re subscribed through this feed, you don’t have to worry about changing it for the new blog, it’s still the same one
  • You can now also opt to just subscribe exclusively to the videos through the Bicycle TV RSS feed, iTunes or Miro.

Special note: I’d like to thank NunoXEI for creating that amazingly fitting logo for the new blog. I owe you one, my friend!

Let me know what you think of it all! I appreciate suggestions and ideas!


Get Your Bike On!
July 21, 2008, 2:47 pm
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Amsterdamize got featured on today! Mobuzz TV is an international video podcast (different shows for different countries) on internet/tech/culture/art/gadgets and all that’s related, based in Madrid. Don’t underestimate it, it’s got millions of viewers.

My good buddy Gabemac, the host of the Daily Buzz, apparently got inspired by my little bike blog adventure and related ones, such as Mikael’s and decided to dedicate the whole show to what we all love so much. Kudos to him and for being able to squeeze so much in, be it less than 7 minutes. Enjoy!

Meeting Henry of Workcycles
July 19, 2008, 7:04 pm
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Today I oozed to the other side of town to meet Henry Cutler of Workcycles. Up until today, we had only briefly talked on his blog and exchanged some e-mails. He’s an American expat with Dutch heritage (and closer to ‘home’ than I thought, because apparently he’s a far removed cousin of Michael Schaap, a good friend of mine) and he’s an extremely easy going and nice guy. Obviously, within minutes we started talking about Workcycle’s history, bikes, culture and other stuff. Meanwhile, I got to see his operation in action for a couple of hours with a few prospect customers walking in. Did I mention the Workcycles bikes are beautiful in style and functionality? 😉

I tested a few models and I couldn’t help but think I should have waited with buying my Sparta Pick Up. I don’t really regret it, but the Workcycles models are way up there and well worth the extra few hundred euros. One small consolation was that I still needed to have a good Brooks saddle, so no better place than Henry’s to replace it.

Here are some pics of my visit:

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Meeting Henry of Workcycles

Meeting Henry of Workcycles Meeting Henry of Workcycles

See the rest in the photo set.

Bicycle For A Day
July 15, 2008, 5:45 pm
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Bicycle For A Day is a NYC bicycle project initiated by Matthew Modine, trying to help promote bike use among individuals, communities, governments and corporations. for all the obvious reasons.

He features in a short film called ‘The Perfect Circle’ by Daniel Leeb (Cinecycle Productions), as part of the larger I-Cycle Film Series, which is all great to watch. I’m a video buff by default and most certainly when it comes to cycle films, so I’m thrilled to share this nugget. For all the text you can write or photos you can take, nothing can match the impact of film.

Bike To Work Book Podcast nr 1
July 14, 2008, 12:16 pm
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Last week, together with Mikael from Copenhagen Cycle Chic, Copenhagenize & The Slow Bicycle Movement, I was a special guest on the first Bike To Work podcast by Carlton Reid and Tim Grahl to talk about cycling in Amsterdam, as a prelude to the launch of the Bike To Work book, to which Mikael and I will be contributing a few pages.

Go ahead and have a listen through the player you see below, or just subscribe to the podcast on their website. Oh, and obviously, buy the book when it comes out, from what I hear it’s gonna be a must-read…;-)

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vélo liberté to all
July 14, 2008, 9:08 am
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Happy Quatorze Juillet to all the French, and I’m sure the Parisien and all those who are visiting will be storming the Vélib’, the new object of true liberation…and thanks for coining your city bike program the best way possible.

Image courtesy by Léah of Bike In The City

Amsterdamize Classics : 1895 -1910
July 8, 2008, 12:57 am
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1895 - 1910
1896, Sarphatipark. Mr. J.D.B. Biengreber on his new bicycle, while the photographer’s sons watch him go by. Photo by Jacob Olie.

1895 - 1910
1905, Man with bicycle and butter trader ‘De Eendracht’ at Amstelveld market, faced towards Kerkstraat. Photo by J.L. Scherpenisse.

1895 - 1910
1906, Rembrandt Parties, decorated bicycles for flower corso in Vondelpark. Photo by Josephus Nuss.

1895 - 1910
1906, woman on bicycle, child on bicycle in the distance, in the direction of Naarden-Bussum. A woman is selling second hand clothes on the side of the road. Photo by J.L. Scherpenisse.

See more in the Amsterdamize Classics : 1895 – 1910 photo set.