The Road to the Schwarzwald Giro: Amsterdam – Kevin Sparrow

The Road to the Schwarzwald Giro: Amsterdam
Photos and Words by Kevin Sparrow

The Schwarzwald Giro is a yearly ride in the Black forest of Germany. Phillipp of Europeantouches.cc invited me last year while I was living in Paris. It was such a great time I couldn’t miss the 2014 edition. I hopped on a flight to Amsterdam with the plan to drive to Frieburg with Sammy and Frank of Pristine Bike Shop.

Amsterdam is the bicycle mecca of the world. With 300 bike shops and 1.5 million inhabitants its no wonder why it’s the city of bikes. There is this beautiful buzz of freewheels in the air and the people are some of the friendliest I have ever encountered. They say the average resident of Amsterdam has 3 three bikes. One that kind of works, one locked up somewhere they forgot, and one in the bottom of the canal. I only had one day to explore this time and with my wife and daughter in tow we made the most of it.

My buddy Jon (@twotoneams) generously set us up with a bed and a bakfiets to explore the city for the day. So I loaded up my girls and headed out to get a taste of what this great city has to offer…

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  • http://www.pedalroom.com/bike/fuji-track-10-2011-15436 Jaap

    hahaha, cool to see you on a bakfiets… but you really should have visited the more (cyclist) friendly The Hague and Utrecht. Never like riding in Amsterdam…

  • Scott Edward Perrin

    that 2nd pic , mike giants art work , got that tattooed on my left shoulder

  • Sammy Dirksz

    #ghettosign

  • http://www.twitter.com/tvhandy Tom Handy

    Amsterdam is one of the funniest cities to casually bike around. The infrastructure is near perfect.