Visiting the Mothership: WorkCycles in Amsterdam!

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Me, Henry, Trisha and Pascal in Amsterdam

When I purchased my most beloved WorkCycles Oma, little did I know I would be visiting the mothership four years later, hanging out at the home of the founder and his family.

Lucky for me, Henry, the owner of WorkCycles, is a very cool guy.  When I told him Trisha and I would be visiting Amsterdam, he was absolutely welcoming. He and his wife opened their home to us our first night in town.  After a scenic bike ride with his children, a delicious dinner, and a crash course in navigating the city, he sent us off on two lovely WorkCycles for the remainder of our visit. It was so nice to spend time in someone’s home after being on the road for so long!

With Henry

With Henry

Henry maps out Amsterdam for us after dinner

Henry maps out Amsterdam for us

Biking Amsterdam in the rain with Henry and his family

Henry and his family

We were both so impressed with Pascal’s riding skills—at just four years old, he was navigating the streets on his own like a pro. Henry’s wife is from Japan, so both children speak three languages: English, Japanese and Dutch. Which made conversations with 2-year-old Pia especially interesting!

Henry's adorable, bike-loving children

Henry’s adorable, bike-loving children

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Pascal’s custom ride

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Pascal: best, youngest cyclist in Amsterdam (nay, in the world!)

Here we are with our adopted WorkCycles. Cycling Amsterdam like locals rather than on bright red rental bikes was cool, and being totally comfortable with handling Dutch bike helped us navigate the crowded bike paths with ease.

Trisha and her loaner WorkCycles

Trisha and her loaner WorkCycles

Dottie on our first ride

Dottie on our first ride

Hug a bike today!

Hug a bike today!

Now here is a special tour of the WorkCycles shop. This place was warm, welcoming, and packed full of goodies!

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Bike specials of the day

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Love the creatures on the WorkCycles shirt

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OMG! A BABY OMA!!

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WorkCycles Bakfiets

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Family of four? WorkCycles has a bike for that!

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Starter bikes

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The front office

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Leather bike saddle stools – WANT!

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Bike bags and bakfiets sans bak

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Pretty little bikes all in a row

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Communal table

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Heavy duty bike pulley

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Heavy duty front rack

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Suspended WorkCycles frame

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More WorkCycles!

On the day we returned our bikes (so sad) the weather had turned out chillier than we anticipated. Perfect timing to get some cozy WorkCycles hoodies—which have been favorites for both of us ever since.

Booking it home after we'd returned our bikes—thank goodness for the hoodie.

Booking it home after we’d returned our bikes—thank goodness for the hoodie.

If you are ever in Amsterdam, we highly recommend a stop by WorkCycles!

Visit the WORKCYCLES website.

Visit Henry’s blog, BAKFIETS EN MEER.

Thanks, Henry!

  • http://pin-hole.tumblr.com Dave

    When we were in Amsterdam a few years ago, we rented bikes from a place near Dam Square, and they were really kind of crappy, didn’t work completely, and had big signs on the front and crappy lights. I would second the notion of renting from WorkCycles if they have bikes available and you’re not on a super tight budget, it really would be worth it.

    Sadly, we didn’t get a chance to meet Henry and crew while we were there, as we were with another friend for whom that wasn’t really interesting. But, we’re slowly starting the process of immigrating, so with a little luck and a lot of work, hopefully we’ll still be able to make that happen :)

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      Oooooh, exciting!

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      Dave! Dropping a bomb in our comments. :) Keep us posted on how things go, that’s really exciting!

    • http://pin-hole.tumblr.com Dave

      Things are going slowly at the moment, but we’ve begun the process :)

  • Perthbiker

    I love your photo “Henry and his family”. It might be the perfect summary of what so many of us would like to see on our roads.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      Yes, a family bicycling together is a beautiful sight and sadly far too rare in the US.

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  • Sarah W.

    So awesome! Thanks for letting me experience it vicariously.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      Glad you enjoyed the virtual tour. :)

  • Sarah W.

    So awesome! Thanks for letting me experience it vicariously.

  • http://www.stevevance.net/ Steven Vance

    What week did you go? I hung out with Henry a bit at the shop. I want to compare my photo with your photo of the daily specials – I have a feeling it doesn’t change much!

    Henry loaned Brandon and I bikes for our 2.5 day trip there. I also bought my Fr8 directly from the source and brought it home on KLM airlines.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      Wow, I’m impressed by the thought of hauling a Fr8 on an airplane!
      We were there around the third week of October, if I remember correctly. Given the detail on the specials chalkboard, I imagine they do not change it much. :)

  • Jennifer in Scotland

    Very exciting to see the birthplace of Oma!

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      Yes, and especially to see that she came from such a good home. :)

  • http://www.anniebikes.blogspot.com anniebikes

    I love that baby Oma. So cute!

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      I know, right?? I’m pretty sure I squealed.

  • http://bikesandthecity.com/ meligrosa

    hahaa the mothership. pretty much<3
    thanks for sharing the fotos, would LOVE to visit one day in the near future, so cool. that shirt with the little family monsters is way too cute :))
    xxom

    • http://letsgorideabike.com/blog Dottie

      Yup, I’m a big fan of the family of little monsters; I wear my hoodie around the house all the time. :)

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