Amsterdam on wheels
After a slew of accidents (including one hen night beer bike excursion gone awry when the bike's roof smashed into the top of a tunnel it was trying to navigate), a court ruling in August virtually outlawed the beer bike by finding it too wide to legally classify as a bicycle. But no problem for Karsten, who merely chopped more than half a meter off his beer bike (making it the required 1.5 meters wide) and kept his venture afloat. "We're lucky the law was against us," said Karsten of his new streamlined, quicker beer bike fleet. "We made a better bike." Beer and a sober driver are provided with the rental.
When you are down to your last leg, so to speak, muster up your remaining pedal power and cycle over to the city's one and only Bicycle Hotel. Located on a quiet street in the residential de Pijp neighborhood, the 16-room hotel in a converted townhouse (you will spot it from the bicycles mounted to the front of the building) offers bikes for rent (including bakfiets) as well as storage space for your own vehicle (even if it is a car). Owners Clemens Kleingoldewijk and Marjolein Vos de Mooij, who opened the hotel more than 20 years ago after an inspiring trip to cycle-friendly China, promote solar powered lodgings and encourage independent explorations. "We give you the information to start and the rest you have to do yourself," said Kleingoldewijk. Their measure of success? The number of bum-based blisters upon on your return.