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Old 11-05-12, 10:01 AM   #1
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Amsterdam This Weekend -- Any advice for doing a bike tour around the city?

In a city so widely associated with the bicycle, I wanted to see about get a tour by bicycle. Any thoughts, suggestions or offers for a personal tour?
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Old 11-05-12, 10:35 AM   #2
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I've been to Amsterdam a few times. Even on foot you'll be able to see a lot of stuff.
There are bike tour companies and also places you can rent a bike and explore on your own.
I can't really recommend a particular company because the times I visited there, I had non
riding relatives with me. Here's a video from my last visit to Holland, shot mostly in Den Haag -
The Hague but will give you an idea of what to expect

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPHI...w&feature=plcp

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Here is a nice route, if you click on the green button on the map you can see the route details:
http://www.routeyou.com/route/view/1...n-amsterdam.nl

If you want a shorter route you can skip the the part to the north of the water.
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I'd take a bike tour with an established company. It's a great way to spend a morning or afternoon, and you'll get to see parts of the city you wouldn't otherwise see, and learn stuff you wouldn't otherwise know. I took a half-day with the "yellow bike" company- the bikes are cr*p, coaster brake cruisers, and the ride won't be physically challenging, but I was looking for history and architecture rather than exercise. If I had more time, I'd probably rent a bike and a strong lock, but transportation isn't a problem in the city center.
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Old 11-05-12, 10:52 AM   #5
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have you checked out couchsurfing to meet up with some locals?

i've used the service to meet people and to host people.

highly recommended as it's much more personal than a booked tour.
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