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fiancee asking me to move in amsterdam




Trust me, it can be done. With a fever even.
Greetings! I seem to recall that a number of Channelites took a bike ride to Haarlem during the 10th anniversary festivities last year and I have a few questions. How long did it take, where did you rent the bikes, how did you secure the bikes while in Haarlem and can you bring the bikes back on the train? Thanks for answering my questions. Cheers!
They haven't returned YET!
Send a message to Birdman... the bike trip organizer!
I wasn't one of the Haarlem R/T Channellites , but the last leg of our ride was from Haarlem to Amsterdam.

The ride is about an hour ;
we rented bikes at Bike City in the Jordaan, no advertising on the bikes and they have single and 3 speed bikes;
both times I've rented bikes they provide you with a good lock/chain and the bikes also had another lock that locks the rear wheel;
yes you can take your bike on the train, but there is a small charge. We took the train to Leiden to start our journey.
Thanks for the info guys! I remember seeing the pictures on someone's web site and for the life of me I can't remember where. I like the fact that the bikes from Bike City don't have advertising on them. Thanks again.
Cheers.
Thanks for the info guys! I remember seeing the pictures on someone's web site and for the life of me I can't remember where. I like the fact that the bikes from Bike City don't have advertising on them. Thanks again.
Cheers.

Frederics is very good and very popular too ~ for bikes AND beds!

www.frederic.nl

:-)
it's about 12 miles, mostly flat, and takes about an hour depending on how many times you stop. Go on a less windy day if at all possible. Have fun!
I must have stopped
a bit more often, as it took me about 2.5 hours. I'd keep stopping
to start another hash joint as they burn so fast when you
smoke them while riding. And when I'd stop I'd idle a while
to get the joint burning real well. And I took my bike back on the
train, too. Just had to buy an additional bike ticket for it.

If you're gonna be returning from Haarlem real late, and you think
you'll be wanting to train back anyway, buy the return ticket
for yourself and the bike before you leave Amsterdam.
Thanks again for the info...I'm wondering if I can take the train to Haarlem, rent a bike at Haarlem Centraal, ride to Leiden and return the bike at the Leiden station and take the train back to Amsterdam. Do you think that's possible?
if you're superman.
, but the last leg of our ride was from Haarlem to Amsterdam.

The ride is about an hour ;
we rented bikes at Bike City in the Jordaan /quote]

how much were the bikes per day?
tweedekamerman, ignore Shlo's comment about being a superman - physically, what you suggest is quite doable considering the ride between Leiden and Haarlem is less than 25 miles.

I'm not sure that you'll be able to find a place that allows for 'one-way' rentals though.

Dignan, current rates at are 8.50 per day for 1 speed and 11.50 for 3 speed. Discounts are available on 5 day rentals.
How is he going to check out Haarlem, then ride to Leiden, find his way around Leiden, and then hike it back to Haarlem in a day? Plus if he's high on pot? What is this, the iron man? Oh, and by the way, if you take a bus in Leiden they'll let you put your bike in the bus, but you've got to hold it the whole time.
Hold a bus, all the way to Leiden? The whole time? Now that I WOULD like to see

:-)
shlo, how slow do you actually ride a bike? 25 miles is about a 2-2.5 hour ride at an easy pace.

Anyway, I've been to the Ironman in Kona and that's generally done in a day. BTW, that would be a 2.4-mile ocean swim, 112-mile bike race and 26.2-mile run.

Once again everybody - you can take your bike on the trains in the Netherlands. From Amsterdam to Leiden was 6 euros .
How far is the trip to Utrecht? Im totally down but I just cant find any good info on Utrecht and where the hell it is in relation to Dam.
Pulling out my trusty Fietsroute-atlas*, it looks like Utrecht is about the same distance as Leiden but southeast of Amsterdam instead of Southwest .
No Tulip fields along the way, but looks to be several windmills and castles. For much of the way towards Utrecht, the 'Buitenplaatsenroute' follows what appears to be a river .

It definitely looks like a doable journey.

*Gotta' just love those Dutch. The ANWB produces a bunch of maps dedicated to bike paths. Besides all the usual, the maps also indicate where the tulip fields, windmills, castles, etc. are located.
When I rode my bike through Europe in '86, I was doing 80-100 miles per day with a fully loaded touring bike and took plenty of time for lunch and ended the day early enough for a nice evening in each town. I was well stocked with souvenirs from Amsterdam and a couple sheets of blotter to help make the trip more interesting. It's quite possible and I am definately no superman.
Case and point.
Sorry - I was using Haarlem to Leiden as a hypothetical itinerary to use as an example to frame my question which is basically " Can you rent a bike at one train station, ride to another town and drop the bike off?" I didn't really research the distance between Haarlem and Leiden, it was just the two towns that popped into my head that I kinda figured were relatively close to each other...Anyway, thanks to all those who took the time to attemp to answer my question. Except for you Shlo.
I have been to Amsterdam countless times, maybe 20 who knows, and despite my intention to every time, I have never once rented a bike, despite liking bike riding a lot.

How to ride when emerging out of a coffeeshop absolutely bollocksed is beyond me!
here 'tis in relation to amsterdam: http://i1.tinypic.com/op8xtu.jpg and it's about 30 km.
Pulling out my trusty Fietsroute-atlas*...

*Gotta' just love those Dutch. The ANWB produces a bunch of maps dedicated to bike paths. Besides all the usual, the maps also indicate where the tulip fields, windmills, castles, etc. are located.


that sounds like a good score...
is there an english version, or is it intelligible to the mono-lingual?

s:.
here 'tis in relation to amsterdam: http://i1.tinypic.com/op8xtu.jpg and it's about 30 km.

Thanks myrtje! I appreciate it.
Pulling out my trusty Fietsroute-atlas*...

*Gotta' just love those Dutch. The ANWB produces a bunch of maps dedicated to bike paths. Besides all the usual, the maps also indicate where the tulip fields, windmills, castles, etc. are located.


that sounds like a good score...
is there an english version, or is it intelligible to the mono-lingual?

s:.

if its pink, its a bicycle path. what's there to be multi-lingual about? 'tis a map.
here 'tis in relation to amsterdam: http://i1.tinypic.com/op8xtu.jpg and it's about 30 km.

Thanks myrtje! I appreciate it.

welcome :]
Pulling out my trusty Fietsroute-atlas*...
*Gotta' just love those Dutch. The ANWB produces a bunch of maps dedicated to bike paths. Besides all the usual, the maps also indicate where the tulip fields, windmills, castles, etc. are located.
that sounds like a good score...
is there an english version, or is it intelligible to the mono-lingual?

s:.Like myrtje says, it's a map. But no, I don't believe there's an english version. Except for the few pages of text talking about what a great thing it is to travel by bike through the Netherlands, you shouldn't have any problem using the maps.
Now, locating a copy may be a bit harder. I had ordered mine from a U.S. company and it took almost 2 months to get to me. Not sure exactly where to get it 'in country', but I'm sure one of our local experts can help you there.

happy riding!
Pulling out my trusty Fietsroute-atlas*...
*Gotta' just love those Dutch. The ANWB produces a bunch of maps dedicated to bike paths. Besides all the usual, the maps also indicate where the tulip fields, windmills, castles, etc. are located.
that sounds like a good score...
is there an english version, or is it intelligible to the mono-lingual?

s:.Like myrtje says, it's a map. But no, I don't believe there's an english version. Except for the few pages of text talking about what a great thing it is to travel by bike through the Netherlands, you shouldn't have any problem using the maps.
Now, locating a copy may be a bit harder. I had ordered mine from a U.S. company and it took almost 2 months to get to me. Not sure exactly where to get it 'in country', but I'm sure one of our local experts can help you there.

happy riding!

ANWB has its own shops, there are 3 in amsterdam:
Bijlmerplein 1001
Museumplein 5
Osdorpplein 885

Im pretty sure VVV (the tourist information centre thingy) sells things like that too, they can be found just outside Centraal Station.
Yes, they have big ones and small ones. Even if you don't want to ride, they are very good and detailed maps.
y'can never have too many maps!

s:.
y'can never have too many maps!

s:.You are absolutely right!
Although my wife may not agree with you .
Oh what the hell...

http://www.mikesbiketours.com/pict/amsterdam_map.jpg

Nice thread for someone who is going to dig down into the fiets scene for the first time.

Thanks for all the great tips guys!
dutch all folks! hello could anyone give me insights or advantages why i should move with my fiancee there in amsterdam?
Read this, written by someone who did just that. It may not have all the answers but it's a good read!

www.postwarmedia.nl/amsterdam.html

:-)
There are coffeeshops. That's enough of a reason.
Otherwise you will be apart. THat would suck.
Well I do not know. We don't have enough to go on. If you could paste some tasteful ( or less than tasteful) bikin pics of her here we could at least offer you our opinion.

Doc
Don't do it... absence makes the heart grow fonder. If it's meant to be, your relationship will stand tall regardless of the distances.
Long distances relationships suck! It's absinthe that makes the heart grow fonder.
I think your best bet is to move to Amsterdam and leave the fiancee at home Roland.
Stay home with your more important business Ronald, some lucky guy will look after your fiancee, don't worry!
Insights, advantages? - 'Nuff said.
you would learn dutch which would come in very handy whenever you went to amsterdam
marry that woman right away!

s:.
Why move to Amsterdam... Well, the city stays up all night. If you're ever bored at night you can just walk to the nearest square and it will be bustling. The air is fresh, and it's as close to venice as you can get without all of the crime and pests. It's a very culturally accepting society, and there's a good welfare system, so not as many homeless and impoverished to worry about. That's what I can think of, not sure if I'd want to raise a family there, too much smut.
The city stays up all night? Bored at night, walk to the nearest square? Fresh air? Culturally accepting society? Right, and everyone walks around there on wooden shoes, tulips in one hand and joint in the other.
Maybe in the center nightlife areas there are some after hours places and it is naturally bustling late at nite there too, but get thee arse out of the touristy areas and I can assure you that the streets are as dead in the middle of the night as most other places. As to the "culturally accepting society"...many of Amsterdam's minorities feel that they are continually facing discrimination, in finding a job as well as even things like trying to enter a disco. The so-called tolerance in Amsterdam is interpreted as indifference by many...
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