Pimp My Bike #31

I was wandering home and spotted this bike, I was amused at the makeshift figurehead so I pulled out my phone and took this photo.

The bikes owner came up to me and told me I had to pay him fifty cents saying “it’s my property”.

I refused on the basis that it’s “on the street, in public.

He then demanded that I delete the photo. I declined, but promised to publish the photo. So, here it is. The figurehead bike.


Pimp My Bike #30

The festive edition – spotted on Westerstraat just in time for Christmas.
reindeer motorbike

Neat Trick for Cyclists

Every so often my bike lock seizes up, very frustrating and a bit dodgy if I’m out and need to unlock it before coming home. In the past I’ve got the guys at the bike shop to fix it for me but there’s an easier way, a total home fix.

All you need is a bit of graphite – pencil lead – and ten minutes. The lock in the pictures was completely frozen and had been for weeks.

Step 1

Break the pencil lead into the lock. I slid the refill leads for a mechanical pencil into the lock, and broke them off at the level of the top of the lock.

frozen lock

Step 2

Insert the key and wiggle it back and forth as if to open it. This may take some time. The key will crush the graphite to a powder that will “lubricate” the lock and unfreeze. Add more pencil lead if it’s really not moving. frozen lock

Step 3

When lock starts to turn, pull it open! I fixed two bike locks so far with this method, for less than a euro.



Pimp my Bike #29

Summer floral edition; spotted on Haarlemmerdijk yesterday.


Pimp My Bike #28

The Marilyn edition, spotted in the weekend on Nieuwezijdskolk. pimpbike28

Pimp My Bike #27

bikepimpoct2015A home paint job gives this bike some snazzy stripes. You can see the advantage of pimping your bike when see the “usual” black bikes surrounding this one.

Pimp My Bike #26

pimp_bikeBright stripes – emulating the catalan flag.

Also note the tourist standing in the middle of the cycle track in the background, he was busy reading a map.

Pimp My Bike #25

batbike2For the non-Dutch a bike with the wooden crate in the front is a “bakfiets”. This might be my favourite bike pimp post of all time.

Pimp My Bike #24

Floral and loyally orange!

The First Annual Jan Feith Memorial Bike Race

I spotted this today, while out on gentle bike ride mission to buy a birthday gift.

It’s about an event that happened yesterday – I hate it when that happens – an alley cat bike race around Amsterdam commemorating the 140th anniversary of Jan Feith’s birth. Jan Feith was a Dutch journalist and writer, as well as a competitive amateur cyclist. I’ll have to pay attention for next year’s event.

bike race