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http://www.cycleyou.nl/ ; (Amsterdam)
http://www.slikkersport.nl/ ; (Alkmaar)
http://www.beukerwielersport.nl/ ; (Petten)
If you just need a good wrench for Campa and Shimano (doesn't do Sram):
http://www.gerbikes.nl/site/ ; (only his own brand, great guy, good wrench, fine wheel builder) (Amsterdam)
Then a controversial ones which I'm going to mention so you know which you should avoid:
http://www.pietdewit.nl/ (owner is not the most likable according to anecdotes)
http://www.vosfietsen.nl/ (Best description: shady and borderline fraudulent)
I live about 20 miles from Bergen (Hoorn)
The link below is very nice for cycling (road bike)
If you need information, let me know.
Unfortunately a bit rainy next week.
1. It’s windy!
2. It’s flat!
3. It’s windy!
4. The prevailing southwesterly wind results in a bitchin’tailwind on my way to work. (1 hour ride to work, 40 km)
5. The prevailing southwesterly wind results in a bitch of a headwind on my way home from work (1 hour 45 minute ride home, 40 km).
6. It’s wet!
7. The Dutch don’t wear helmets… and find it amusing that I do.
8. No matter how I dress for the ride, it is always one layer too much or one layer too little.
9. The best waterproof and breathable rain gear is neither waterproof nor breathable.
10. Fenders are a must!
11. Lights are to see as much as to be seen.
12. No matter how fast (or slow) I ride, there is always some giant (6’4”+) Dutchman on his 29er with road wheels drafting me… and they NEVER pull through.
13. The bicycle infrastructure here is AWESOME!
14. Bike lanes serve double duty as local car access to smaller villages.
15. There is always at least one idiot driving 100 km/h on the bike path.
16. Despite being separated from the highway by a grass divider, bikes on the bike path are pummelled mercilessly by wind and spray from passing vehicles.
17. Most drivers are very courteous and yield to bikes at crossings… but not bus drivers.
18. Drafting behind farm vehicles is done at one’s own peril… that isn’t mud flinging up from the tires.
19. WWII-era bunkers are a handy place to wait out a really nasty rain squall.
20. That whoosh-whoosh-whoosh sound you hear in the dark is not a team time trial, it’s a windfarm.
21. Kids here can ride no-handed while listening to music and texting simultaneously from an early age.
22. No one honks at bicyclists on the road.
23. Highway overpasses are equivalent to mountain passes… who knew you could experience a change in climate and weather by going up 30 feet?
24. If you are travelling 20 km or less, take your bike… gas and parking are too expensive.
25. It’s really frickin’windy!
Tonight I suffered two flat tires and not a single cyclist even asked if I needed help. They simply rode on by like I wasn't there... even though my bike was upside down, wheels off, while I struggled to fix two flats with one tube.
I have to say, Dutch cyclists are not a friendly bunch. They all seem to ride with their heads down and don't look beyond the front tire. That's my only real disappointment so far...
I hope the pro's of cycling in this country still prevail though!
I just found it odd as I am used to every cyclist back home asking stopped cyclists if they are OK or need help. In my case, I am usually very self-sufficient. But I had two flats and only one tube. It's one of the few times I would have liked an offer of help from someone. But no luck...
I'm just going to carry two tubes from now on.
It really does work but of course comes with a cost in both increased weight and a more 'sluggish' feel.