Amsterdammers ride beaters

I find it amusing that in the country that is arguably one of the best bicycle countries in the world, people tend to ride the worst bicycles. Most folks seem to buy a bicycle that is basically the nicest thing you can afford to ride that you wouldn’t mind getting stolen.

This may be, in part, due to the architecture of the city since there are no public courtyards in the buildings so most people lock their bicycles on the streets at night. Couple this with high theft and you can see why there are more busted fenders and scratchy cranks on the streets here than anywhere else I’ve been in a modern, developed society.

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