Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Warwick, UK
Bikes: 2000-something 3 speed commuter, 1990-something Raleigh Scorpion
I met up with a dutch friend when I went to Amsterdam last year. He explained that bike theft is a problem, so most people tend to ride old, cheap bikes (often custom-painted so you can identify yours in a bike rack). That way, it's 'just another bike' so there's no reason for someone to steal yours over anyone elses. Apparently expensive-looking bikes don't stay yours for very long.