CLOTHING AND SHOES

You will find that the Dutch cycle in almost any outfit: casual clothing, business suits, sports outfits,… Their destination defines their choice of clothing. This is very different to many other countries where people only cycle in sportswear. Keep the following advice in mind when hopping on your bicycle!

  • Fold a long coat underneath you and sit on it. It will prevent your coat from ending up between the spokes;
  • Flare legs can get stuck between your spokes or chain. Aside from the chain guards and dress guards, you can buy a trouser clip to click around your pants at the level of your ankle;
  • Many shops sell waterproof clothing that you wear over your regular cloths. You can find them in (bicycle) shops as well as online.
  • Shoes with smooth soles tend to be slippery and slide off the pedals as you are cycling. Try to wear shoes with rough soles.

Also, have a look at the Amsterdamized website for pictures and stories about typical Dutch cycling habits.