Riding a Bike Friday in the Netherlands

Bike path in the Netherlands

We recently heard from Bike Friday owner Steve O. about his frequent travels to The Netherlands, here’s Steve to tell you more about it:

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We fell in love with bike touring riding standard bikes in the Netherlands, a cyclist paradise.

And I fell in love with folding bikes on my local commute to office.

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The Netherlands is very bike friendly!
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Clear road signage and cycle friendly trains are part of what makes the Netherlands ideal for cycling!
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When I had the chance to spend a month cycling in the Netherlands on a work sabbatical a few years ago it just felt kind of unfair to leave my tikit at home while I went off to have a good time riding, so I did the right thing — packed my tikit (a Hyper-fold with Nexus 8 internal hub, modified with extra-large chainwheel and Northroad handlebars) and off we went.  Had a great time!
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One trip led to another, Tikit-envy sparked acquisition of her own Tikit by my spouse, release of the Silk with Alfine-11 and Gates Carbon drive led to augmenting our stable of Bike Friday machines, release of the pakiT is leading to another Alfine-11 / Gates Carbon addition in the next couple months.  Funny how that happens.  Can a person ever have too many bikes?

Touring with two Bike Friday bikes in the Netherlands
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Riding a country road in the Netherlands
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Bike Friday Silk on Dutch train
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folding bikes on a bridge in the netherlands
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Grabbing coffee with the bike in Holland
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Bike Friday Bikes in the Netherlands
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A bike folded up into a suitcase in the Netherlands airport
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Two folding bikes packed easily into two suitcases
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Had a fun time documenting the experience of several tours in a blog, http://footloosefietser.blogspot.com/

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Our Bike Friday folders have been troopers.  Zero mechanical problems, easy to take on trains when needed, conversation starters, companions in lots of great riding.
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We’d love to return to Netherlands, and hopefully will, but are thinking now about a possible Silk + pakiT tour in Cuba…  and a nice ride along the SF Bay trail this weekend.
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Thank you to the Bike Friday team!
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-Steve

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Interested in your own Dutch Cycling adventure? Click the links to learn more about the belt-driven New World Tourist Silk, or the successor to the tikit the pakiT!

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