Bike shops, parking, and services are located almost at every corner. Almost all public transport involves the possibility of travel with a bicycle, sometimes for a small extra fee.
Despite the extremely high level of bicycling, the country does not have a variety of bike models. Of course, there are fans of sporty off-road cycling or racing but they are an exceptional minority. The king of the Dutch road is fiets, a very simple bike often with a female frame, curved steering wheel, chain protection, and wings. It is quite heavy. The bicycle is equipped with a rear foot brake and a front manual brake, as well as at least one boot, preferably two, one of which is often fitted with a basket. There are no speeds at all, or only three.
Where Do Your Get a Bike?
You can rent a bike at a special store or places that offer repair services. As a rule, you can rent a bicycle for not more than €7 per day, including insurance. Often, with the sellers, you can negotiate the reverse purchase of the bike once you have traveled the country.
When taking a bicycle for rent or buying, pay attention to the presence of boots, lights, and a bell (mandatory by law and quite useful), the operation of the brakes, the inflation of the tires, and the comfort of the chair.
Planning a Trip
The total length of the national network of bicycle paths exceeds 30,000 km, while the total hook in the country does not exceed 500 km.
For the planning of the trip, you can use usual Goggle Maps or specialized local websites. If desired, it will not be difficult to find a tour operator who can organize the whole route, rent a bicycle, book a hotel, and even organize the transportation of luggage to the place of the next overnight stay, so you can just pedal. If you do not want to strain нщгкыуда, do not go to Limburg – it’s almost the only place in the country where there are hills.
Ideas for the Trip
- Drive through the fields of blooming tulips during the thematic festival (five days are enough; takes place in April).
- See the dams, with which Holland won half of its present territory by the sea.
- Visit the birthplace of industry built up with numerous windmills, warehouses, and workshops with a 300 years’ old history.
- Ride along the seashore dotted with seashells.
- Make a round trip across the country: it is possible to do it within two weeks.