Get Your Ride On!
A good lesson for Small and medium size American cities
Anyone staying in Groningen?
we can learn a lot from a place like this
The main thing for this mode of transportation is that the Netherlands are
so very flat. I live in Sweden where many people actually enjoy to cycle
ride during wintertime. It wears on the bike to go in -20 degrees Celsius,
3-5 decimeters of snow, often up in steep hills.
i ve been living here and is just perfect city , i love it . no rains ,
storms or snow make u stop of cycling!
I think the idea of this city progress is really great. I would also like
to see the same film done in the four seasons, summer, fall, winter,
spring, rain, snow. I would like to see how many of the riders are still
riding vs a car. Don’t get me wrong, I think this is the right thing to do
– riding a bike and restiction of vehicle traffic to it’s need and useage,
but in the same token it would of been nices to see how the city copes with
real weather and how joyfull it is to ride, not just on a sunny summer day,
when eveyone wants to be out riding! Again this is great – just show the
whole story completely.
Nice vid, but Groningen certainly isn’t that special as ALL Dutch cities,
big and small, have a great cycling infrastructure and tons of people of
all ages using them daily. It’s a very normal thing here, hopping on your
bike to go to the shops, friends, sport, school, work, the pub, etc. But
the city centre of Groningen being completely car-free is an exception I
Groningen is a city of superlatives when it comes to bicycling. 10,000
bikes are parked at the main station on weekends, 50% of traffic is done by
bike, and even IKEA lends cargo bikes to its customers.
To add to what I wrote below, Dutch road design is totally different to
that of other countries, and has to be learned by foreigners. It takes
years!!!! Throw in an almost total disregard and ignorance of anything
related to self safety and the culture shock to foreigners is enormous, and
very surprising. People here expect accidents NOT to happen to them. And
the biggest surprise of all is that safety figures show that Ned is no less
safe than any other 1st world country, pehaps even safer. This is because
the people that are born here and grow up with it understand it. For
foreigners it can be a minefield.
it was nice go to every place using byciyle. it could be decreased air
Why the hell is no one wearing a helmet? Safety first guys!!!!!!
Um what happens when it rains? Do people use public transportation then?
What about snow? How about families with several small children? What
about when you purchase large items or groceries? I think is a great idea,
but the utopian view doesn’t lend itself to the ubiquitous usability of a
The only people here with helmets are tourist because they cant cycle or
dont understand the rules here ;-)
This is my hometown :D
“We are so hipsters and cool that even our children don’t wear helmets.”
last october of i went to nederland visit my fiance its sooo mooi place nee
traffic at all. Very clean all people followed the rules and peaceful..
even do drugs is allowed u can use it anytime but no illegal happened. No
kill no raped at all!!
I miss nederland…
I miss my honeypiee harrie
For starters, you’ll need… a bike. You might already have one, but if you don’t, you’ve got a couple of options:
1.: If you’re willing to invest, go to a bike shop, (avoid department and sporting goods stores, go to a shop especially for bikes. There, not only will you find better bikes, but the employees actually know what they’re doing and can help size the bike for you and give loads of other advice.)
2.: If you’re on more of a budget but don’t want to sacrifice quality, go onto a local classifieds website such as Craigslist. Once there, look for bikes that the sellers say are in good condition and from a well known maker. Unfortunately, any mountain bike sold for under $ 100 is probably either a low quality department store bike or an ancient, beat up bike.
If you get a used bike, even if the seller said it’s fine, you might want to have someone at a bike shop look at it and make sure it’s safe to ride and well tuned up. They might charge for a quick inspection or they might not.
The only other truly essential thing is a helmet. Some would argue that a helmet is unessential, but if your well being is a priority to you, you don’t want to risk a bad crash without head protection. The cost of a helmet can range tremendously- anywhere from $ 10-$ 500. Basically the only difference between moderately priced an high priced helmets is the weight, and, to some degree, the appearance. I suggest you at least get a helmet with something to adjust circumference so it fits nicely like in the below image, the little strap in the bottom right corner.
That helmet, the Giro Indicator, is a great starting helmet you could but at most bike stores would probably cost $ 40.
It’s also important on a ride to stay hydrated. The simplest solution would be a water bottle or two in a backpack or, if your back has one or is compatible with one, a water bottle holder. When mountain biking I like to use a hydration pack, though. Mine holds quite a bit of water and is easier to use on a rough mountain trail than having to reach down and grab a bottle. The company “Camelbak” sells these for as low as $ 30, but again, they’re not essential, a water bottle will do fine.
Clothing can make a difference on your enjoyment while riding. You don’t need to go out and spend money on cycling-specific clothing, but if you really feel like you want to, cycling shorts+jersey/shirt would cost at least $ 100-$ 120. These things aren’t essentials. It helps, though, to not have long, baggy pants. You could wear athletic tights if it’s really that cold, but shorts produced from synthetic materials like polyester are best. Denim causes chaffing on the legs, so avoid that. Tighter-fitting athletic shorts or Underarmour-style tight shorts would work. Also, it’s always nice not to have on a baggy teeshirt that’s always flapping around and catching on things, so a well-fitting shirt is convenient too.
Lastly, I would strongly suggest you wear bike gloves. They really help in any size of an accident in protecting your hands. Depending on the climate you live in, you might either want fingerless gloves that keep you cooler, full hand, or even winter riding gloves. These range from maybe $ 20 minimal for fingerless upwards to $ 80 for full hand, warmer gloves. Sunglasses are always nice to keep not only the sun, but things like bugs and mud out of your eyes.
Perhaps you should get a multitool and spare tube too to put in a pack, but you’d have to have someone at a bike shop show you what to do with them and how to use them.
Hope this helped, have fun on the trail!