Thursday, October 16, 2008
Sorry to all my reader :-) for the lack of posts recently. I had one of my bikes stolen (along with Jen's) and it put me in somewhat of a bad mood re: the world of bicycling. Not sure that there's too much of interest in the theft itself, we'd been a little naive about the security of where they were kept. Live, learn and don't get too attached to physical possessions.
On a more positive note, I went to Amsterdam at the weekend, which is generally regarding as a cycling city. Interesting to see, the whole approach to bikes (at least in the city centre) seems to be that they are purely functional. Everyone rides "granny bikes" because of their lack of desirability to thieves. I think I only saw two people on single-speeds in the whole weekend (in some parts of London these days, you'd be hard-pushed to see two people not on single-speeds these days). I saw a few people out on nice road-bikes, but this was out on the roads in the middle of the countryside. For the commuter the purely most-basic wins.
And if you ever stay in Amsterdam, I can recommend this place http://www.sevenbridgeshotel.nl/