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Anyone ride in the Netherlands?

Old 06-01-07, 03:08 PM
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Anyone ride in the Netherlands?

I'm going to be in Scheveningen on business and staying over the weekend. If I can get a break from work, I'd like to rent a road bike and put in a good ride.

Any suggestions on bike shops to contact for a rental or on good places I'll have easy access to ride from The Hague (or by train).
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yes.

no clue as to where to rent a road bike around Scheveningen.

try here - http://www.fiets.nl/forum/default.asp or maybe here - http://groups.google.com/group/nl.fiets/topics
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Do as the dutch and just find a bike that doesn't have a lock and take it. It won't be a road bike, but it is a bike.
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Originally Posted by lvleph
Do as the dutch and just find a bike that doesn't have a lock and take it. It won't be a road bike, but it is a bike.
never been to NL have you?
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OK, let me re-state...Any ideas where I can get this information in English?
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Originally Posted by botto
never been to NL have you?
Yes, I have been to the Netherlands.

OP there are a ton of places to rent bikes. Just look around and ask someone. Everyone in the Netherlands can speak english, so you shouldn't have a problem.
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Yeah, I've been before. I know there are city bikes all over the place, and the people are really helpful. The thing is, I'm not looking to rent a pigeon, I'm looking for a road bike. And I'd like to book and plan in advance since I'm going to be in meetings non-stop when I get there.

Thanks for your advice though!
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Originally Posted by lvleph
Yes, I have been to the Netherlands.

OP there are a ton of places to rent bikes. Just look around and ask someone. Everyone in the Netherlands can speak english, so you shouldn't have a problem.
then you would know that the halcyon days of 'taking a bike without a lock and riding it' lasted for about a week - 30+ years ago.
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Originally Posted by lvleph
Yes, I have been to the Netherlands.

OP there are a ton of places to rent bikes. Just look around and ask someone.
Everyone in the Netherlands can speak english, so you shouldn't have a problem.

I don't know about that...I had a ton of Dutch friends when I was living in Taiwan, and while all of them eventually spoke English, a few did not upon arrival.

Throw my first girlfriend into that "did not upon arrival" group. That's OK, she taught me how to speak a new language that we could both speak together....
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Originally Posted by kwrides
Yeah, I've been before. I know there are city bikes all over the place, and the people are really helpful. The thing is, I'm not looking to rent a pigeon, I'm looking for a road bike. And I'd like to book and plan in advance since I'm going to be in meetings non-stop when I get there.

Thanks for your advice though!
I think I saw one road bike while I was there, so good luck.
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Originally Posted by kwrides
Yeah, I've been before. I know there are city bikes all over the place, and the people are really helpful. The thing is, I'm not looking to rent a pigeon, I'm looking for a road bike. And I'd like to book and plan in advance since I'm going to be in meetings non-stop when I get there.

Thanks for your advice though!
i'd still suggest asking - in english - on both of the sites i linked.
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There should be lots of places to rent a bike in Den Haag nearby. I rented a bike in Rotterdam last summer from here:

http://www.rotterdambycycle.nl/english/bikerental.html
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Originally Posted by lvleph
I think I saw one road bike while I was there, so good luck.
let me guess - your visit to the netherlands comprised of a layover at schiphol?
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here is one place that has bike rentals in the Hague:
http://www.fietsverhuurzuidholland.n...ish/rental.htm
doesn't look like they have road bikes though. Most places don't in my experience
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try this shop in Scheveningen, they sponsor a club.

http://www.tomschouten.nl/
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Originally Posted by botto
let me guess - your visit to the netherlands comprised of a layover at schiphol?
I actually have family that lives in Amsterdam.
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I've been there quite a bit lately. Great path system, lots of bikes, cars stop for bikes, but I don't recall seeing a real road bike.
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Originally Posted by RoboCheme
I've been there quite a bit lately. Great path system, lots of bikes, cars stop for bikes, but I don't recall seeing a real road bike.
if you're only in the city center, then that would make a little sense.

i generally don't slip into my bibs and helmet to dial it up to 400W on my way to the supermarket.

want to see a real road bike? try the amstel, past the roosenbrug on a summer evening, or early sunday morning.
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Originally Posted by botto
if you're only in the city center, then that would make a little sense.

i generally don't slip into my bibs and helmet to dial it up to 400W on my way to the supermarket.


want to see a real road bike? try the amstel, past the roosenbrug on a summer evening, or early sunday morning.
Even though I only spent two days in the 'dam in the past few years, I have to say "correct."
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I am definitely not saying people don't ride road bikes. They are just not the choice of most dutch.
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Scheveningen is a great place, I didn't ride there so I can't offer any advice on where to rent a bike but I can tell you that if you get a chance you should go to a museum in DeHague called: Mauritshuis. There is a room in that museum that may be my favorite spot on the planet, it has a Vermeer on each wall.
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Originally Posted by lvleph
I am definitely not saying people don't ride road bikes. They are just not the choice of most dutch.
let's speak in generalities, why don't we?
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Originally Posted by botto
let's speak in generalities, why don't we?
Well, if you look at the streets in the Netherlands, then you may understand why I say what I say. A lot are cobble stone streets. Also, the bikes they ride take less maintenance, and so that would be one more reason not to ride a road bike.
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Originally Posted by lvleph
Well, if you look at the streets in the Netherlands, then you may understand why I say what I say. A lot are cobble stone streets.
incorrect.

Originally Posted by lvleph
Also, the bikes they ride take less maintenance, and so that would be one more reason not to ride a road bike.
correct.
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