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On this ice cream smiles Sunday, we look back to this group of cyclists in the Netherlands who have stopped in a small town along the canal to enjoy a cool sweet treat.

Bike Pic May 06, ice cream smiles Sunday around the world

On this ice cream smiles Sunday, we look back to this group of cyclists in the Netherlands. They who have stopped in a small town along the canal to enjoy a cool sweet treat.

Thanks for viewing today’s ‘ice cream smiles Sunday’ Pic of the Day

Now rolling into our 11th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more destinations you can have fun at we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: [email protected]. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger, to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the latest  Bike Guide, mobile friendly as we enter into our 9th year of producing print and digital guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our pic’s with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with a HFB camera ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. Capturing you in one of our next ‘Pic of the Day’ posts.

Have a great day and a memorable year ahead!

On this ice cream smiles Sunday, #fifteen of 30 Days of Biking in April, we look back at warmer days when this group of cyclists in the Netherlands stopped in a small town along the canal to enjoy a cool sweet treat.

Bike Pic April 15, ice cream smiles Sunday around the world

On this ice cream smiles Sunday, #fifteen of 30 Days of Biking in April, we look back at warmer days when this group of cyclists in the Netherlands stopped in a small town along the canal to enjoy a cool sweet treat.

Thanks for viewing today’s ‘ice cream smiles Sunday’ Pic of the Day

Now rolling into our 11th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more destinations you can have fun at we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: [email protected]. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger, to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the latest  Bike Guide, mobile friendly as we enter into our 9th year of producing print and digital guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our pic’s with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with a HFB camera ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. Capturing you in one of our next ‘Pic of the Day’ posts.

Have a great day and a memorable year ahead!

Its ice cream smiles Sunday around the world and here in the Netherlands and this cyclists is enjoying a cool treat before continuing his ride along the canals from Amsterdam to Bruges.

Bike Pic March 11, its ice cream smiles Sunday around the world

Its ice cream smiles Sunday around the world and here in the Netherlands and this cyclists is enjoying a cool treat before continuing his ride along the canals from Amsterdam to Bruges.

View the new  National Bike Guide and all the fun rides coming up in 2018.

Thanks for viewing today’s ‘ice cream smiles’ Sunday Pic Day

Now rolling into our 11th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more destinations you can have fun at we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: [email protected]. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger, to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the latest  Bike Guide, mobile friendly as we enter into our 9th year of producing print and digital guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our pic’s with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with a HFB camera ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. Capturing you in one of our next ‘Pic of the Day’ posts.

Have a great day and a memorable new year!

Its ice cream smiles Sunday around the world and here in the Netherlands and these Minnesota cyclists are enjoying a cool treat before they continue their ride along the canals from Amsterdam to Bruges.

Bike Pic Jan 21, its ice cream smiles Sunday around the world

Its ice cream smiles Sunday around the world and here in the Netherlands and these Minnesota cyclists are enjoying a cool treat before they continue their ride along the canals from Amsterdam to Bruges.

View the new  National Bike Guide and all the fun rides coming up in 2018.

Thanks for viewing today’s ‘ice cream smiles’ Sunday Pic Day

Now rolling into our 11th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more destinations you can have fun at we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: [email protected]. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger, to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the latest  Bike Guide, mobile friendly as we enter into our 9th year of producing print and digital guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our pic’s with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with a HFB camera ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. Capturing you in one of our next ‘Pic of the Day’ posts.

Have a great day and a memorable new year!

Its ice cream smiles Sunday around the world and here in the Netherlands these young bikers are enjoy a cool treat before they continue their ride along the canals in Amsterdam.

Bike Pic Jan 14, its ice cream smiles Sunday around the world

Its ice cream smiles Sunday around the world and here in the Netherlands these young bikers are enjoy a cool treat before they continue their ride along the canals in Amsterdam.

View the new  National Bike Guide and all the fun rides coming up in 2018.

Thanks for viewing today’s ‘ice cream smiles’ Sunday Pic Day

Now rolling into our 11th year as a bike tourism media, our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun. While highlighting all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more destinations you can have fun at we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. As you scroll through the information and stories we have posted, enjoy!

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: [email protected]. Include a brief caption (for each), of who is in the photo (if you know?) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger, to be considered. If we do use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continues to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your next bike adventure – Also, check out the latest  Bike Guide, mobile friendly as we enter into our 9th year of producing print and digital guides.

So bookmark HaveFunBiking.com and find your next adventure. Please share all our pic’s with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the next corner with a HFB camera ready to document your next move while you are riding and having fun. Capturing you in one of our next ‘Pic of the Day’ posts.

Have a great day and a memorable new year!

Its Ice Cream Smiles Sunday and here in the Netherlands these young bikers are enjoy a cool treat before their ride along the canal in Amsterdam.

Bike Pic Dec 17, our ice cream smiles Sunday is a tradition

Its Ice Cream Smiles Sunday and here in the Netherlands these young bikers are enjoy a cool treat before their ride along the canal in Amsterdam. See more on biking Amsterdam here.

Plan your next outing with family and friends at a HaveFunBiking Destinations. View all the fun ideas and bike destinations in the latest bike guide.

Thanks for Viewing Our ‘Ice Cream Smiles Sunday’ Pic   

We are now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media. As we pedal forward our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun while we highlight all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more places to have fun, we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. Enjoy the information and stories we have posted as you scroll through.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: [email protected]. Include a brief caption (for each) of who is in the photo (if you know) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continue to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your #NextBikeAdventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing this hand information booklet full of maps.

Remember, bookmark HaveFunBiking.com on your cell phone and find your next adventure at your fingertips! Please share our pics with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the corner with one of our cameras ready to document your next cameo apperance while you are riding and having fun. You could be in one of our next Pic’s of the Day.

Have a great day!

Its Ice Cream Smiles Sunday and here in the Netherlands these bikers enjoy a cool treat with their friends in Amsterdam

Bike Pic Dec 10, our ice cream smiles Sunday is Savory!

Its Ice Cream Smiles Sunday around the world. Here in Amsterdam these biker chicks and dude stop to savor their creamy cool ice cream treats, as they see the sights, before resuming their bicycle ride.

Plan your next outing with family and friends at a HaveFunBiking Destinations. View all the fun ideas and bike destinations in the latest Minnesota Bike/Hike Guide.

Thanks for Viewing Our ‘Ice Cream Smiles Sunday’ Pic   

We are now rolling into our 10th year as a bike tourism media. As we pedal forward our goal is to continue to encourage more people to bike and have fun while we highlight all the unforgettable places for you to ride. As we continue to showcase more places to have fun, we hope the photos we shoot are worth a grin. Enjoy the information and stories we have posted as you scroll through.

Do you have a fun bicycle related photo of yourself or someone you may know that we should post? If so, please send your picture(s) to: [email protected]. Include a brief caption (for each) of who is in the photo (if you know) and where the picture was taken. Photo(s) should be a minimum of 1,000 pixels wide or larger to be considered. If we use your photo, you will receive photo credit and acknowledgment on Facebook and Instagram.

As we continue to encourage more people to bike, please view our Destination section at HaveFunBiking.com for your #NextBikeAdventure – Also, check out the MN Bike Guide, now mobile friendly, as we enter into our 8th year of producing this hand information booklet full of maps.

Remember, bookmark HaveFunBiking.com on your cell phone and find your next adventure at your fingertips! Please share our pics with your friends and don’t forget to smile. We may be around the corner with one of our cameras ready to document your next cameo apperance while you are riding and having fun. You could be in one of our next Pic’s of the Day.

Have a great day!

Pedaling along the bike lane in Amsterdam

A memorable experience exploring Amsterdam by bike for the first time

by Russ Lowthian, HaveFunBiking.com

On the front end of a bike/barge trip in the Netherlands earlier this year, I added three days to explore Amsterdam by bike. Taking the extra time was a great choice and using a bike as
my mode of transportation was by far the best way to see the city. This allowed me many opportunities to sample the fare this bike friendly mecca had to offer. Winging it a bit, I rented one of the locally popular trekking bikes to roam alongside the canals like a true ‘Amsterdammer’, even though I stuck out a bit wearing a bicycle helmet. I was comfortable navigating the bike lanes, even with motor scooters buzzing up from behind and pedestrians
stepping out in front of me. As bikes are an important part of Amsterdam, I felt as though I was a part of the city.

Amsterdam is a bike-friendly place to ride, if?

Pedaling into one of Amsterdam's parks over the canal.

Pedaling into one of Amsterdam’s parks over the canal.

The cool thing about using a bike to get around this city is that you can easily get anywhere quickly. Amsterdam is perfect for bicycles. The city has generous bike paths throughout; some even have specialized traffic lights, with the bicycle symbol illuminated. It seems Amsterdammers go everywhere on their bikes. They attach wagons and load them with cargo – sometimes their children. They also like to chat on their cell phones, run red lights, daringly weave in and out of traffic and the vast majority of them do not wear helmets. Most of
the Dutch bikes all have the same basic look. Old fashion looking, reminiscent of bikes you would see in movies from the 1950’s, with wide-set handlebars

Need a bike, rental shop options are endless

One of the bike rental shops working on their fleet of bikes.

One of the bike rental shops working on their fleet of bikes.

Looking on the web for a rental bike, there seemed to be an ample supply of bikes available around the city. I assumed that I could wait until midmorning to go out and rent a bike for the next couple days, my mistake. Even though it was a midweek day, the best bikes in two shops I stopped at had most of their fleet checked-out. Only a few of their older, well used, bikes remained. Luckily a bike was being returned that fit me well. So I was on my way, taking with me a valuable lesson in renting bikes in a popular tourist area. Unless you can reserve a bike ahead of time, get there early to get a pick of their best.

Navigating Amsterdam and what you can see

Pedaling along the bike friendly streets in Amsterdam

Pedaling along the bike friendly streets in Amsterdam

Handy bike maps are available, free, at most hotels and bike rental shops. With a couple versions in my pocket for occasional review, they worked well for me. Pedaling the streets along the canals, there is way too much for the eye to see, from gorgeous architecture, charming flower boxes, crowded cafés, etc. So forget your iPod, your ride will have its own soundtrack.

Passing through the Red Light District in Amsterdam

Passing through the Red Light District in Amsterdam

Some of the sounds you may hear include the whirring of a canal boat’s motor, the peal of church chimes, the hum of motor scooters as they zip up behind you triggering your brain to move over to the right to let them by and the tinkle of a bike’s bell, maybe yours? I found that my right hand stayed pretty close to the bell on the bike’s handlebar, warning sightseers to move out of the bike lane.

My first day riding in Amsterdam

The City Center is packed full designated bicycle parking lots.

The City Center is packed full designated bicycle parking lots.

As I mentioned above, I started late checking out a rental bike. Then getting acclimated to the designated bike lanes and tourists walking out in front of me. It was amazing how much I experienced in such a short time. I had no planned route; it was fun to get lost in the city with its maze of streets (straats) and canals (grachts). Of course, those maps in my pocket were
helpful in finding my way back to my hotel. In the first few hours, I rode through Amsterdam’s finest sections including the Jordaan District which could be referred to as the heart of the city. Then I rode past the Anne Frank House where I had a tour scheduled the following day. Next I passed the house of Rembrandt and then by the awesome architecture of the Rijksmuseum. Finding my way back, I wandered through China Town and then the Red Light District before meeting friends for dinner.

Overcoming the intimidation

Locking your bike to a bridge in Amsterdam can be a hazard.

Locking your bike to a bridge in Amsterdam can be a hazard.

In just a few hours riding my bike around Amsterdam my confidence was high … and so was my thirst. Meeting friends for beer, several who just arrived in town for the bike/barge cruise, there was some envy as I pulled up on my rental bike. Several asked, as I walked in with my helmet still on, “where have you been?” I replied with an accomplished grin, “I’ve biked all over town!”
as I shared my first day’s adventures in Amsterdam riding a bike.

A full day to explore Amsterdam

Riding along the street Cafes in Amsterdam

Riding along the street Cafes in Amsterdam

With a loose itinerary, only the Anne Frank Tour scheduled mid-afternoon and dinner plans in the evening, I was off. First, I found myself at Amsterdam’s bustling flower market, where  crowds come to buy or just admire a wide array of flowers. After enjoying a cup of coffee and the fragrance of the market, I pedaled across a series of canals to one of the city’s street markets. Here, I found another Dutch treat, a herring stand. In warmer weather vendor stands spring up around the city offering this delicacy. If you appreciate sushi or at least pickled  herring, give it a try! You can order herring in a bread roll and eat it like a sandwich. Though “the Amsterdam way” is to eat the herring cold, with only diced onions and pickles as garnish. It was delicious and one of my favorite must-have snacks on the trip.

Enjoying Amsterdam's street markets

Enjoying Amsterdam’s street markets

Now pointing my bike towards the Central Station up through the city center, at the river’s edge, I took a ferry across to the northside of Amsterdam. Following the designated bike route several kilometers, I found this part of the city was newer with many parks.

Another perspective of the city

Take the ferry across the river into North Amsterdam

Take the ferry across the river into North Amsterdam

After the Anne Frank tour, which was well worth the extra time of waiting in line, I was off to the east side of Amsterdam. This area, with several blocks of modern architecture in between  canals, gave me another perspective of the city. I planned to take in a few more tours, but I ended up spending more time on the bike. On my way back through the inner city of canals, as late afternoon turned into happy hour along the way, the activities along the sidewalk cafés was something fun to see.

Sure, you could see Amsterdam other ways. But, in a city with roughly 250 miles of cycle lanes, over 140 bicycle rental shops, and estimated million-plus miles collectively pedaled by
bicyclists each day, why would you want to waste carbon fuel?

So in my opinion, assuming you survive the pedestrians wandering out in front of you, biking here cannot be beat. A half million Amsterdammers can’t be wrong. Just be sure to look both
ways before heading out into traffic and don’t be afraid to ring your bell!