We're set up...complete with fenders, mud flaps, headlight, 21 gears, soft cushy seat, sturdy rear rack, a ten pound can't-cut-me bicycle lock (essential equipment in a land where 150,000 bicycles are stolen yearly), and a burly looking kickstand strong enough to support a tank. Quite an upgrade from my stripped down, minimalist bicycle at home. Fortunately, Holland is flat so maybe on August's 3 week bicycle trip I can add even more weight -- a handlebar basket containing with fresh flowers -- and really enjoy pretending to be Dutch.Busy Rembrandtplein (Rembrandt plaza), just down the street from Amsterdam's Centraal Station.
Riding a bicycle while avoiding trains, cars, other bicycles, and pedestrians, and taking a picture, too! Case makes it look easy, but it challenges my multi-tasking skills to the edge of disaster!