Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Haarlem, Netherlands
Bikes: Pinarello Dogma F8, Pinarello Bolide, Argon 18 E-118, Bianchi Oltre, Cervelo S1, Wilier Pista
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Bikes are a way of life here in NL.
In Amsterdam, I've seen crashes between two bikes, between bikes and cars, bikes and pedestrians, and bikes and trams. It can get pretty hectic and many people don't obey the traffic laws. If you want to bike in the city, I suggest you rent one and just pedal around. Don't bring anything expensive.
Now, if you haven't been to the rest of the country then I would suggest you bring a good road bike and get out there. There are bike paths along almost every highway or other road, and it is very easy to get from one side of the country to the other completely by bike. You can also take your bike on most trains and metros (in specific cars).