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Nice bikes in Haarlem today

Today was the yearly 'Tour d'Historique' in Haarlem. I'd missed the previous editions, and I'd been looking forward to finally joining it. The weather was less than we'd hoped for. In the morning it was reasonable, but after the lunch stop it turned foul: rain, wind, cold.

My DSLR didn't fit into my jersey pocket, so we'll have to make do with the phone pics.

Bike parking before the start:



I'd brought my blue Springfield, as it's a real Haarlem brand, and was able to park next to another one, in the Caballero team colors. The Caballero team - which participated in the 1970 Tour de France, BTW - did not have a bike sponsor, so the riders brought their own favorite bikes and had them painted in the Caballero colors. At least two of them were Springfields. Like this one:



A Snel, from Utrecht:



Beautiful baby blue RIH Super Course:



A stunning Zieleman and - to me at least - an even more interesting Willem Eindhoven. I lost sight of the rider, or I would have gotten a few more pics:



At the start:



At the lunch stop I saw this very pretty Van Herwerden Special. The owner was kind enough to pose for me:



Another Springfield, this time in civies:





A rare but very desirable beast, a Jabo Race:

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A special mention is for this Mercier and its rider. When the weather turned bad after the lunch stop, the group I was riding with picked up speed and I was the first to get dropped.

However, I as was falling back I saw another rider drop back and I soon picked him up. He was a bit older than me ( again). I estimated him to be in his late sixties, early seventies. We rode together for a while in the strong headwind and the rain, neither of us able to talk.

When we got our breath back on the ferry across the North Sea Channel, I asked him about his Mercier, which has a rather attractive green color. The conversation went more or less like this:

Me: "Lovely bike you've got there. Do you know how old it is?

He: "Well, I bought in in 1960, I think ..."

Me: "Oh"

He: " ... when I stopped riding"

Me: "Oh!"

.... (short silence)

Me: "How old are you?"

He: "I'm 86 and and I just got a pacemaker. It hasn't been dialed in yet. It's set at 35, so that's why I run out of breath so quickly."


Dang!


Still, a very nice man , with a very nice bike:

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I don't know most of those names- but what I have heard, I think you've mentioned them.

They're beautiful bikes!
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Thanks for the pics.

You are correct, so many cool bikes.

I noticed a Zieleman Type Special.

Any more pics per chance?
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I saw a Springfield. Made my day. Thanks

Correction. I saw two Springfields. Even better.
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Ha!

When I saw this thread, I thought you mis-spelled Harlem, as in Harlem NY! And I'm wondering why I didn't know about it, because I live close enough and actually work in Harlem and I would have ran to attend a classic event like that!

A Haarlem in Holland -who knew!

Anyway, it looked like a great day in spite of the weather. Shame to have all that classic steel out in the rain, but they'll survive. Thanks for the cool pics!
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I noticed a Zieleman Type Special.

Any more pics per chance?
Found one more on the phone. BTW, the small-wheeled RIH in the background belongs to the Willem Eindhoven owner's son. Hand-built by Wim van der Kaaij. Very cool.


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I saw a Springfield. Made my day. Thanks

Correction. I saw two Springfields. Even better.
You're welcome. Actually, you saw three Springfields. Made my day too, I might add!
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I don't know most of those names- but what I have heard, I think you've mentioned them.

They're beautiful bikes!
Thanks! Well, Holland is a small country, but with 20 million bicycles to just 17 million inhabitants, there's gotta be some nice stuff.
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Originally Posted by non-fixie View Post
Found one more on the phone. BTW, the small-wheeled RIH in the background belongs to the Willem Eindhoven owner's son. Hand-built by Wim van der Kaaij. Very cool.


Wow!!!!

Thanks.

I like the one behind it as well, but I am not familiar with the brand.
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Completely missed this event! Next year, perhaps. Too busy this spring to do any mayor C&V stuff, except for selling most of my loot, considering my impending move
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Originally Posted by Giacomo 1 View Post
Ha!

When I saw this thread, I thought you mis-spelled Harlem, as in Harlem NY! And I'm wondering why I didn't know about it, because I live close enough and actually work in Harlem and I would have ran to attend a classic event like that!

A Haarlem in Holland -who knew!

Anyway, it looked like a great day in spite of the weather. Shame to have all that classic steel out in the rain, but they'll survive. Thanks for the cool pics!
I had the same reaction as you. Lots of beautiful bikes there.
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I had the same reaction as you. Lots of beautiful bikes there.
I'm glad I wasn't the only one!

Harlem NY was actually a Dutch settlement, and organized sometime in the mid-1600's. It is actually named after the Dutch city of Haarlem where this get together was! These days though, they look a little different.

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A Haarlem in Holland -who knew!
Yep - a lot of places in NY have names that are a hangover from the Dutch era, when the place was still called New Amsterdam. Flushing, Brooklyn, Wall Street, Staten Island... The list goes on. Not to mention a lot of typical Americanisms in English, like boss, cookie and dope.
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Yep - a lot of places in NY have names that are a hangover from the Dutch era, when the place was still called New Amsterdam. Flushing, Brooklyn, Wall Street, Staten Island... The list goes on. Not to mention a lot of typical Americanisms in English, like boss, cookie and dope.

Yeah, for sure, there is a lot of Dutch history here.

By-the-way, I think Holland is one of the nicest countries with the nicest people I ever had the pleasure of visiting. And one of my most vivid memories was everyone cycling! From 5 years old to 80, they were all on bikes! Even an old man on a 3 wheeler with a cooler on the back full of cold Grolsch Beer for us thirsty airman waiting at the gate at Schoesterberg AB. Good times! The town of Breda was my favorite.
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Harlem...Haarlem. Totally different worlds !
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Thanks for the writeup and pics! Great to see local bikes that are unknown over here in Canada. I like local bikes from around here, Miele, Marinoni, Gardin.

Will have to do a bike tour of the Netherlands when the kids get older, my friend went recently on one, and had a blast.
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@CV-6, this is the third: the Caballero team bike. Check out the chain stays.

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@CV-6, this is the third: the Caballero team bike. Check out the chain stays.

After I went back and re-read the text, I found it.

I shared the post with sr70guy (Freek) and he sent me this link. It's a Facebook link so I don't know if everyone will be able to see it or not.

And for the record, here is my Springfield. I bought it from Freek. Mine is mystery tubing. Possibly Columbus. I went Cyclone on it since that photo.

Springfield by L Travers, on Flickr
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I just found out that the man I rode with (see post # 2) was three time Dutch champion and 1952 world champion Piet van Heusden. I feel a lot better now.



It's in Dutch, but the pictures are worth viewing anyway:

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I shared the post with sr70guy (Freek) and he sent me this link. It's a Facebook link so I don't know if everyone will be able to see it or not.
Thanks for the link! (and to @s70rguy too) Great pictures!
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Harlem...Haarlem. Totally different worlds !
'Cuz their racing in Harlem ? (NYC)

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'Cuz their racing in Harlem ? (NYC)

Awesome pic ! That works... WAs that a race you attended ?
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Originally Posted by Giacomo 1 View Post
Ha!

When I saw this thread, I thought you mis-spelled Harlem, as in Harlem NY! And I'm wondering why I didn't know about it, because I live close enough and actually work in Harlem and I would have ran to attend a classic event like that!

A Haarlem in Holland -who knew!

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I made the same error. I wonder if there is a Spanish Haarlem.

I like the look of the Eindhoven...has a brit aesthetic.
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Originally Posted by Italuminium View Post
Yep - a lot of places in NY have names that are a hangover from the Dutch era, when the place was still called New Amsterdam. Flushing, Brooklyn, Wall Street, Staten Island... The list goes on. Not to mention a lot of typical Americanisms in English, like boss, cookie and dope.
Lots of areas outside NYC in upstate New York have Dutch names as well.
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